RFP: Long Beach Forward Strategic Plan 2024-2027

Project Overview
Long Beach Forward (LBF) seeks to contract with a values-aligned consultant to co-lead, co-design, and co-write our second organizational strategic plan that will reshape and redefine our organization’s role within the movement building ecosystem in Long Beach over the next three to five years. The selected consultant will work closely with a committee of LBF staff and board members to help guide a process of data collection and analysis that will inform the final strategic plan. 
Desired Scope and Deliverables 
  • Collaboration with a strategic planning committee made up of LBF staff and board members to help guide and develop the process and final document 
  • A collaborative data collection process supported by the strategic planning committee made up of various methods including but not limited to:
    • Digital surveys 
    • Stakeholder interviews conducted by consultant
    • Focus groups conducted by either consultant or LBF staff
    • Document and literature reviews
  • Data review and analysis led by the consultant 
  • Collaboration with the strategic planning committee to develop a draft plan inclusive of infrastructure and programmatic strategies and/or goals to be presented at an in-person retreat.
  • An in-person one or two day strategic planning retreat with LBF staff and board to help shape the final strategic plan.
  • Collaboration with the strategic planning committee to incorporate feedback and finalize a strategic plan.
  • A final strategic plan document that includes key infrastructure and programmatic goals and key actions for implementation over the next 3-5 years, including steps for annual reviews to measure progress and adjust as needed.
Ideal Timeline

The ideal timeline for the strategic planning process is below. All stages and dates are subject and open to change based on the selected consultant and the agreed upon scope of work. 

Request for Proposals open

July – August 21, 2023

Consultant selection period

August 22 – September 15, 2023

Initial planning meetings

Mid-September – Mid-October

Data collection

Mid-October – End of January

Data analysis and plan drafting

February – March

Finalize strategic plan

April 2024 

Proposal Submission Information

Proposals should be submitted via email to Ariel Halstead, Administration and Operations Director, at no later than 11:59pm PST on Monday, August 21, 2023. Final selection is anticipated to be by September 15, 2023. For questions regarding this RFP and the organization, contact Ariel Halstead at

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