Results for the Greater Good

Results for the Greater Good


Our Mission is Simple, yet Bold.

We help organizations advance their mission for social good and economic development.


About Us

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Our  Story


Early in her career, Lara Vu, MPH was on a mission to make a positive change on a global level.  Knowing that this would not be an easy task, she decided to hone her skills from both the private and public sector.  Today after 20 years of direct experience in 21 countries working with companies like WebMD and UNICEF, she came back to her hometown of Los Angeles to apply her experiences to help organizations in her own backyard.

Brett Dickstein, MPA on a similar mission, was focused on economic, workforce and small business development. After cutting his teeth in the corporate world with companies like PWC, IBM, UBS, and HSBC, Brett expanded his horizons overseas after graduating from SIPA at Columbia University. He spent over a decade as a technical assistance provider for international governments, development agencies, and the private sector in emerging and frontier markets.

Lara and Brett joined forces to launch Alfabet Soup Consulting after having the great fortune of working with multinational organizations, start-ups and individuals over a combined 36 years and in dozens of countries.

With the addition of other talented individuals, our growing team brings diverse expertise and best practices unmatched by other boutique consulting groups.


See both of their Linkedin profiles.

Lara Vu, MPH              Brett Dickstein, MPA






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We Cater to Your Needs.


We bring a diverse skill set and can provide one-on-one expert advisory services and/or a comprehensive team-based approach for more complex projects.   We customize solutions for every client, however our core services are listed as follows.


Global and Local Partnerships

  • Partnership Strategy and Planning

  • Partnership Development (Prospecting, Pitching, Negotiating, Management)

  • Fundraising - Corporate (Cause-Marketing and Foundations) and Individuals/Major Donors/HNWI

Strategy, Governance, Research, and Communications

  • Non-Profit Management (Market Entry, Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Fundraising)

  • Corporate Governance Assessments (Pre-IPO and Listed Companies, Internal Management Controls, Board Performance, Stock Exchange Gap Analysis, Investor Relations Department Creation)

  • Business Process Reengineering (Process Improvement and Performance Auditing)

  • Program Monitoring and Evaluation (Voice of Customer, Consumer Insight Analysis, Survey Research, Mystery Shopper, Impact Assessments)

  • Communications and Digital Marketing, Website, Mobile App and Animated Video Development

Small Business and Startup Development

  • Startup Ideation and Commercialization (Business Formation, Omni-Channel Marketing, Pitch Development, Seed Capital Fundraising, Partnership Development, Human Centered Design, Product Development, Product and Test Marketing, Launch Management)

  • Workforce and Economic Development (Operations and Grant Management, Curriculum Development and Testing, Sustainability Planning, Capacity Building)

  • Entrepreneurial and Innovation Ecosystem Building (Incubation and Acceleration Program Development, Digital Innovation and Startup Market Diagnostics, Angel and Investor Network Curation, E-M Commerce and Payments Market Research)


Our Clients

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Global, Local and Diverse


Our direct experience with the following companies as partners, employers and clients gives us a competitive advantage in terms of diversity and perspective.  

Some of our clients include:

  • U.S. Commercial Service

  • Small Business Administration

  • H&M

  • LA Regional SBDC Network

  • CA Center for International Trade & Development

  • Long Beach City College

  • Department of Labor/Department of Education

  • Center for Disease Control (CDC)

  • Association of Hotel and Tourism of Latin America

  • JVS-SoCal/America’s Job Center of California

  • iCare Benefits

  • American Airlines

  • Center for Disease Control (CDC)

  • Innovation Partnership Program Vietnam

  • Telefonica

  • BitGive Foundation


  • World Bank/Asian Development Bank

  • International Finance Corporation

  • WebMD

  • Sony Corporation

  • Procter & Gamble

  • Unilever

  • MasterCard

  • HSBC

  • UBS

  • World Health Organization

  • Canadian Ministry of Health

  • Panamanian Ministry of Economics and Finance

  • Vietnam Ministry of Science and Technology

  • FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

  • El Camino College


Love from our Clients

Lara is a strategic leader you must have on your team. She has a breadth of knowledge and experience which clearly shows in her work.
— Representative, UNICEF
Brett goes above and beyond, time after time. He is detail oriented, reliable, and always delivers.
— Director, World Bank