We are HCM

HCM works effectively on our clients’ behalf, providing support and strategic guidance to help form policy priorities that are impactful and meaningful in education.

We tackle the systemic barriers, improving student achievement from kindergarten to 12th grade, reforming federal financial aid, increasing college attainment and completion rates, and ensuring that student preferences and priorities are at the center of regulatory decision-making. We work hard because success is our priority.


HCM was created because we believe that sound public policy can improve outcomes for all people.”

Terrell Halaska Dunn, HCM Partner, Former policy advisor to the White House and two federal agencies, national expert in health, K-12 and postsecondary policy

How We Began

Our team shares a fundamental and important desire – to contribute to meaningful and equitable change for communities who are underserved by our education systems. Since 2008, HCM Strategists has coalesced around these goals, bringing together colleagues with different backgrounds who share years of expertise in K-12 education, postsecondary education and work and learning. Our founding partners Terrell Halaska Dunn and Kristin Hultquist are honored to share their mission with the finest, most experienced minds in public policy, advocacy and institutional practice. We work tirelessly to improve equitable education outcomes throughout the country.

We firmly believe that achieving these outcomes takes a combination of high-level government experience, a lived experience, an understanding of underserved communities, a network of strong relationships, a keen analytical ability and a creative approach.

In July 2020, education and connecting work and learning became the sole focuses of HCM with the transitioning of its former health innovation practice to an independent entity.


HCM Strategists supports charitable organizations that are dedicated to their communities, furthering education services to those in need. Each year the full HCM staff is engaged in hand-picking these organizations. Just as our commitment to meaningful change is steadfast, we believe that the far-reaching work of these organizations betters the lives of those that they are able to touch. We invite you to learn more about these organizations.

  • Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico

    United Funds of Puerto Rico is a private, non-profit organization that for more than 45 years has been dedicated to promoting the common good, creating opportunities for a better quality of life for all by working as a team with volunteers, social investors, charities and collaborators from different sectors.

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    Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

    The Leslie-Lohman Museum is the only dedicated LGBTQ art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve LGBTQ art and foster the artists who create it. The Museum has over 30,000 objects in its collections, spanning more than three centuries of queer art.

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    Cornerstone School

    Through a partnership of family, school, and community, Cornerstone provides a Christ-centered, nurturing, and academically rigorous education to the children of Washington, D.C., equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to become leaders who serve others in light of Christ and His Truth.

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  • PNPI Summer Scholars Program

    The Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI) is the leading source of professional development for current and prospective policymakers who work on federal higher education issues.

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    The Trevor Project

    The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

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    Flint Child & Health Development Fund

    The Community Foundation of Greater Flint serves the common good in Genesee County – building a strong community by engaging people in philanthropy and developing the community’s permanent endowment – now and for generations to come.

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  • 2016 Charitable Organizations

    Chrohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
    Great Expectations
    Horton’s Kids
    Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
    Martha’s Table
    PNPI Summer Scholars Program

    2015 Charitable Organizations

    Aged Woman’s Home
    Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
    Chrohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
    First Place Scholars
    Great Expectations
    The Grassroot Project

    Prior to 2015 Charitable Organizations

    Bread for the City
    Carpenter’s Shelter
    Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
    D.C. Central Kitchen
    Fight for Children
    Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
    Prostate Cancer Foundation
    Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
    Whitman-Walker Health
    William E Doar Jr Public Charter School for the Performing Arts
    Wounded Warrior Project

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