“When I was six years old, my family was in a very difficult financial place – we were struggling. That Christmas, a local church chose my family to receive food and gifts. It was a complete surprise when they knocked on our door and they were Santa for me. It was truly magical, and I remember being so excited and happy and wanting to be a grown up like they were one day. That moment of gratitude and experiencing humanity at our finest motivates me to do social justice work. I want to share that feeling of love and being cared for with my community.”
As a grown up, I have been working with social change organizations and leaders for over 20 years to fortify the core of the organization, aligning mission with resources and outcomes. I approach each client knowing that a fascinating, and often hidden, narrative shapes how the client functions – asking the right questions timed thoughtfully and provocatively moves clients to their next level of excellence. At the individual level, I work with nonprofit leaders to set meaningful and attainable goals ranging stress management and self-care to cultural competence and fundraising. Ultimately, my work as a leadership coach increases emotional and social intelligence – the most important factors in creating vibrant, productive and sustainable organizations and movements. At the organizational level, I integrate the wisdom of earth-based traditions with sound organizational change theory to create holistic transformation for individuals and organizations.
As a fundraising and organization development professional, I have successfully authored multi-million dollar grants, directed multi-year strategic planning processes and worked with leadership teams to resolve longstanding conflicts. These organizations include: Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, Power Inside, Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, Community Mediation, Dignity USA, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
I am a featured activist in The Spirit of Social Change: Love, Hope, Faith and Joy in Intersectional Activism and published author in Spirited: Affirming the Soul and the Black Gay/Lesbian Identity. I earned a Master’s degree in Organization Development from American University in Washington, D.C. where I was awarded a Segal-Seashore Fellowship for my commitment to social justice. I also have a certificate from the Hartford Seminary in Women’s Leadership and is a Reiki Master.