Betsy Black Consulting, founded 2002.
Focus: improve people's lives through coaching and training in personal effectiveness and consulting in community development finance.
Personal Effectiveness:
  • Teach mindfulness, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), meditation, positive psychology (the science of happiness), human effectiveness, & time & stress management
  • Maintain a life & business coaching practice
  • Teach ChiRunning(R) & ChiWalking(R) which emphasize body mechanics, efficiency & injury-prevention
Community Development Finance:
  • 25+ years experience
  • Consult with CDFIs (Community Development Financial Institutions) & entities throughout the U.S. regarding financial analysis, capitalization, outreach & grant review
  • Loan & Outreach Officer, Cooperative Fund of New England. (2008-2017)
  • Staff, NH Community Loan Fund. (1992-2002)


  • J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center (now UNH School of Law) (1985)
  • B.A., American Studies, Middlebury College (1981)
  • Certificate in Positive Psychology, the Kripalu Center (2013)
  • Accredited coaching training, Coach University (2004)
  • Certified Kripalu Yoga teacher (2003)
  • Certified ChiRunning(R) and ChiWalking instructor (2014)
  • MBSR, qualified to teach through the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness (2017)
  • Speaking Training and Competition, Toastmasters International, competed internationally four times (2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016), and received the organization’s highest level of achievement, the Distinguished Toastmaster (2006)

Hobbies & Interests:

  • Avid hiker, runner, alpine skier, & long distance bicyclist
  • Volunteer, speak on positive psychology to community groups & serve on the Boards of The Disability Opportunity Fund and Concord Toastmasters