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17000.Solutions is a network of creative professionals dedicated to the continuous improvement of public school function, impact and student experience. We provide an array of services centered around research, engagement, and solution design.

Rich Hazzard | Founder/Executive Director                           

About Me| I’m an experienced researcher, strategic planner, program designer and storyteller with a reputation for effective team building, collaboration & facilitation, creative problem solving and building things of value.

Qualifications | Impact in Business
Strategic Planning

Led and/or participated in dozens of cross-functional strategic planning efforts across a wide array of topics.  These have included:

  • Enterprise-wide 5-year strategies, customer experience, training and professional development, implementation strategies for new programs & initiatives, communication & change management, energy efficiency & renewable energy.
Research & Evaluation

Led and/or participated in dozens of initiatives across a wide array of topics. These have included:

  • Primary and secondary research, market assessments and characterizations, program & process evaluations, program and/or process optimizations, focus groups for existing and new initiatives.
Customer Experience Strategy and Roadmap Development

Led comprehensive enterprise-wide assessment of all customer-facing functions, processes, programs and systems. Conducted industry-wide best-practice gap analysis and developed strategy and roadmap structured as follows:

  • Voice of the Customer
    • Customer satisfaction research optimization, customer journey mapping & customer persona development, voice of the employee
  • Design & Delivery
    • Customer-centric focus on the design & implementation of new programs, services or systems
  • Leadership, Culture & Organization
    • Emphasis on governance, staff engagement, customer-centric hiring, training & performance management, recognition & rewards
Organizational Development

Led and managed a variety of efforts developing new organizational processes, functions and teams.

  • Designed, staffed and managed new Business Operations and Customer Analytics teams.
  • Co-designed and staffed District Information Governance Office that managed both Data Governance and Enterprise Content Management strategy, policy development and implementation planning.
Data, Analytics, Systems

Defined, staffed and managed Customer Analytics team.

  • Data assessment, consolidation, cleansing and integration,
  • Promoting/demonstrating data analytics as a vital, ‘mission critical’ business function,
  • Designed & resourced an innovative change management initiative applied to SAP CRM upgrade initiative.

Qualifications | Innovation in Education
New Program Design and Delivery

Director, StudentLink and FamilyLink programs -- Vashon School District

  • Designed, staffed and administered alternative education resource centers.
    • FamilyLink – a learning resource center for home school families,
    • StudentLink – alternative High School program enabling students to earn a high school credit/diploma through interdisciplinary independent study and community service.

Co-director, Teacher, Internet Academy -- Federal Way School District

  • Designed and administered on-line and on-site learning services for home school students and families in the Federal Way School District.
    • Developed curriculum, co-creator and administrator of Internet Academy web site, coordinated class schedules and technical training workshops for students and families.
Curriculum Development

Author, Media Literacy and Media Production Curriculum Adoption

  • Led collaborative effort to define learning standards for media literacy and media production skills for the districts 5th, 8th, and 12th grade students.
    • Aligned with Washington learning requirements for English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Arts, Communication and Technology.
Media Literacy/Film Production

Education Coordinator, “How Do I Look?” Film School & “Shoot Film Not People” Media Production Workshop

  • Provided students hands-on immersion into script development and film production. Coordinated curriculum development, communications and scheduling of film school. Developed media literacy workshops examining teen images in the media.
    • Sponsor/Partner: Langston Hughes Cultural Art Center in Seattle, WA.

Producer, “Just Us” & “Terminal 187” Film Projects

  • Film productions involved a unique youth mentoring program that provide teens an opportunity to work with professional filmmakers throughout every phase of production. Managed educational component for student filmmakers. Secured national distribution.
    • Sponsor/Partner: Langston Hughes Cultural Art Center in Seattle, WA.

Masters Thesis: A Framework for K-12 Media Literacy Curriculum & Student Learning Objectives

  • 17000 Solutions | Founder, Executive Director – 2019
  • Snohomish Public Utility District | Sr. Manager, Sr. Project Manager -- 2013-2019
  • Milepost Consulting | Director -- 2011-2013
  • Puget Sound Energy | Sr. Market Analyst -- 2007-2011
  • EMI Consulting | Sr. Project Manager, 2000-2007
  • Heavy Freight Film | Founder, Producer -- 1998-2001
  • Vashon School District | Director FamilyLink & StudentLink -- 1996-1998
  • Federal Way School District | Co-director, Teacher, Internet Academy -- 1995-1996

  • Antioch University — Seattle
    • Master of Arts in Education, 1994
    • Thesis: A Framework for K-12 Media Literacy Curriculum & Student Learning Objectives
  • Antioch University — Seattle
    • Washington State Teacher Certification, 1993
  • Connecticut College
    • BA, English, American History, 1984

Working with school district communities to assess & reimagine some of the 17,000 hours students spend at school.