Al Onkka

Principal Consultant

“I work at the leadership level to help nonprofits plan for the future and evaluate their impact.”


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2429 Nicollet Ave | Fl 2 | Minneapolis, MN 55404

With his practical, lighthearted, outcome-based approach, Al helps his clients imagine and realize a different future – big or small, short or long. Using focused questions, purposeful engagement, and transparent process, Al helps nonprofit teams collaborate to crystalize their vision and define practical steps to make progress together toward ambitious, yet achievable goals. He is inquisitive, analytical, good at connecting ideas, encouraging, and affable. Al is a Technology of Participation certified facilitator and a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). He uses inclusive and transparent facilitation and coaching best practices to engage groups in positive and productive work.

Al currently serves as board chair for 826 MSP, a Minneapolis nonprofit that amplifies the voices, stories, and power of K-12 BIPOC students through writing, publishing, and leadership programs. Previously, Al served on the Minnesota Evaluation Association board and chaired the board of a nonprofit publisher for youth in LGBT-headed households.

Before joining Aurora in 2015, Al was an evaluator and researcher at the Science Museum of Minnesota and led internal, local, and national projects. He has worked in the field of evaluation, supporting stakeholder engagement, data-based decision making, and organizational learning, since 2009.

Al has a master’s degree in Evaluation Studies from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. He studied English and Philosophy at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Al has two boys and enjoys playing guitar, DIY electronics, heavy-duty sewing, and camping.


Planning, Facilitative Leadership, Evaluation, Data-Based Decision Making, Organizational Learning


Inquisitive, analytical, good at connecting ideas, loves connecting with people, practical, affable.


  • Qualified Administrator – Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).
  • Certified Facilitator – Technology of Participation.

Current Volunteer Gig

Past roles

  • Minnesota Evaluation Association – Board Member.
  • Rainbow Rumpus – Board Chair.
  • Science Museum of Minnesota – Evaluation & Research Associate.


  • University of Minnesota, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, M.A. – Evaluation Studies
  • Luther College, B.A. – English and Philosophy