Firm Profile

Business Focus = Strategies for the Global Knowledge Economy


Business Focus = Strategies for the Global Knowledge Economy

Business Focus and Mission

Red GlobeEva Klein & Associates, Ltd. (EKA) is a consulting practice that supports higher education clients in design of strategic visions; business models/operational planning; and implementation of strategies. Today, carrying out EKA’s business mission means assisting institutions in their work to create the future of the 21st century institution—fully engaged in:

  • Enhancing educational opportunities and accomplishments for increasingly diverse learners
  • Creating new knowledge and, with partners, working to apply innovation to the advantage of communities the institution serves—locally, regionally, and globally
  • Improving value and productivity of critical resources—both people and physical assets.

EKA provides technical expertise, planning facilitation, and creative strategy formulation—all aimed at helping institutions advance their accomplishments, service to constituents, and competitiveness in the Global Knowledge Economy.

EKA's core business derives from Eva Klein’s professional career in higher education, melded with her two decades of professional activities in economic development


Sustainable Business Models for the 21st Century University

As funding pressures cause institutions to update business models, EKA seeks to help college and university clients design new ways of getting and using resources more effectively and productively.

EKA Services: Strategic and Academic Program Planning, Capital Facilities and Campus Planning, Financial Planning, Policy Development, Organization and Management

University Engagement, Innovation Systems, and Regional Economic Development

EKA also helps institutions reposition themselves as pivotal forces in their communities, regions, and states—to support competitiveness in the Global Knowledge Economy—while also sustaining scholarship and developing and applying new knowledge to address global and local problems. Although the professional services landscape has changed in recent years, no professional consulting firm in the US has focused—as EKA has for the last 25 years—on university roles in economic development and regional engagement and innovation strategies.

EKA Services: Economic Engagement Strategies, Regional Alliance Strategies, Innovation Systems, and Technology Campuses/Parks or Knowledge Communities

Via IDEA Partnerships, LLC, we also partner with universities on real estate development projects.



Most EKA clients are colleges, universities, research institutes, academic health sciences centers, governing boards/systems, and state education agencies. Clients also include state/local government agencies, economic development agencies, and regional alliance entities.

Philosophy = Provide big-firm resource capacity with small-firm personalized delivery

Business Model and Philosophy

EKA’s business model is to form multidisciplinary project teams with experts from an international network of individual associates and strategic alliance partner firms. Each EKA-led consulting team is formed uniquely to meet the skills/experience requirements of each project undertaken. Our teams often include both professional consultants and practitioners. With this business model, EKA performs at large-firm standards, while maintaining a small-business style of client relations. We draw on experience, but we treat each project as a new challenge for which uniquely formulated solutions are required. EKA is proud of relationships with clients who valued our services such that they sought our assistance more than once. Some of EKA’s work also comes via direct referrals from prior clients.
EKA is known for our abilities to facilitate planning / decision processes that achieve consensus which, in turn, leads to actionable results. We are strategic planners and strategic do-ers.


Corporate Entity

Founded in 1990, EKA is based in Northern Virginia (metro Washington, DC). The firm is incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is certified as a Small, Woman-owned Business Enterprise (S/WBE) in Virginia and North Carolina.