We Are

Black-founded and led, we’re a diverse team of activists, scholars, advocates, coaches, strategists, and artists. We draw on these multifaceted perspectives and lived experiences to engage with organizations in the journey toward their boldest, most expansive visions.

We have deep experience with organizations like yours, and the opportunities and challenges you’re facing

We’ve worked with organizations ranging from the largest foundations in the country to movement organizations having deep impact in a city or neighborhood. Our team members have experiences leading organizations, canvassing neighborhoods, and designing solutions from grantmaking to public policy.

We show up as our full selves

Real change requires real people. We bring the influence of our ancestors, families, and homies with us. When we connect to our clients, partners, and allies as human beings, we do our work together. Better. Let's Connect
We show up as our full selves

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Our People

Brian Kennedy


Jouapag Lee


Chenelle Rollins


Jessica Barron

Senior Consultant

Marcus Littles

Founder and Senior Partner

Melissa DeShields

CEO and Partner

Ashley Simpson


Amber Banks

Senior Director

Miriam Richardson

Finance Manager

Marion Johnson

Senior Consultant

Aiko D. Bethea

Senior Director

Andrea Foggy Paxton

Senior Director

Emily Hylton

Senior Consultant

Celeste Davis

Senior Consultant

Phillip Agnew

Organizer in Residence

Micah Gilmer

Co-Founder and Senior Partner

Ryan Bowers

Senior Partner

Eli Washington, Jr.

Advancement Manager

Nadia Owusu

Director of Storytelling

Brandon Williams


Dionne Aiken

Brand Manager

Colin de Paor


Napoleon Wallace

Senior Fellow, Mission Aligned Investing

Helly Lee

Senior Consultant

Monique A. Gamble


Daniela Pineda

Senior Director

Lucecita Castillo

Lead People and Culture

Jourden Martin

Operations Manager