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Kathrina Moore-Richardson

Kathrina Moore-Richardson is an organizational capability consultant specializing in change management, talent development & acquisition, curriculum design, program development, and communications. She has extensive experience working with senior leadership teams across the private, non-profit, and educational institutions. Kathrina's work within the non-profit and education sectors includes programs designed for women & youth in urban neighborhoods to have access to opportunities for economic sustainability using education & technology. A native Spanish speaker, she excels in designing systemic global professional development and mentoring programs using technology to measurably increase learning, engagement and retention.

Kathrina is a certified Situational Leadership Trainer from the Center for Leadership Studies. She holds a B.A. in Industrial Psychology from the University of Notre Dame de Namur. She is a passionate advocate of progressive education reaching the public education sector, and currently serves as a member of the Park Day School Board.

Vivian Chang

Vivian Chang is a consultant-practitioner seeking to support organizations to doing their best work in advancing environmental and social justice. Her grounding comes from almost 20 years of experience in the field, where she had a particular focus on leading and designing innovative grassroots policy campaigns that have resulted in significant victories for low income communities and communities of color. She most recently served as Director of State and Local Initiatives at Green For All.

Prior to that, Ms. Chang served as the Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, a nationally recognized environmental justice organization focused on building leadership in Asian immigrant and refugee communities. As a well-recognized experienced organizer in the Asian community, Ms. Chang has spoken on numerous panels as well as in media outlets including KPFA (the Bay Area's Pacifica network radio station), National Public Radio, the most popular Chinese ethnic media outlets including Sing Tao and Channel 26 KTSF.

She holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) with a concentration in regional economic and community development. Ms. Chang is a recipient of the 2007 Gerbode Fellowship, Oakland's 2009 Woman of the Year award, and most recently was highlighted in Dorka Keen's book Eco-Amazons: 20 Women Who are Transforming the World.

Suzanne Hawkes

Suzanne Hawkes work focuses on the intersections of social justice, racial justice, progressive political engagement, and the environment. Among other clients, she is a trainer and coach with the Rockwood Leadership Institute (the USA's largest multi-day transformational leadership training program for non-profit leaders), as well as the Center for Progressive Leadership, Greenpeace International, and several coalitions. Her vision: a diverse cross-sectoral network of powerful, collaborative, service-oriented leaders working across difference to achieve transformational change.

Lawrence Ellis, M.A.

Lawrence Ellis is an InPartnership consultant, executive coach and speaker specializing in organizational redesign, complex systems, strategic planning, and leadership and team development.

Lawrence pursued a Master's in individual and large-scale change at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. He is committed to assisting individuals, groups and organizations in staying true to their mission, vision and values while addressing complex issues such as conflict, growth and tougher competition. For over 25 years, he has led collaborative change efforts that balance focusing on clear and efficient processes, maintaining a healthy climate, and producing outstanding results. Based in the Bay Area, yet traveling internationally, he has worked with a broad mix of client groups from governors and community activists to frontline staff and CEOs/EDs.

For several years, Lawrence served as a Senior Associate and Director with Interaction Associates, internationally recognized for its breakthrough work in managing organizational and community change.

Healthcare has been an on-going focus of his work, with clients including American Hospital Association, Blue Shield, National Patient Safety Foundation and The California Endowment.

Carole Johnson, J.D.

Carole Johnson is an InPartnership consultant and program developer who specializes in litigation prevention, leadership development and executive coaching. Her cutting-edge, practical tools include the award-winning "Sticks, Stones and Stereotypes/Palos, Piedras, Y Estereotipos," which addresses issues of homophobia and racism and has been used in more than 5,000 schools worldwide. She brings to InPartnership over twenty-three years experience in developing tools for long-term organizational change and reconciliation skills training programs for corporate and non-profit leaders.

Dr. Johnson is a non-practicing lawyer with five years as a project director in the United States Federal Desegregation Centers Program. She is also a co-founder and President of the Bay Area based Equity Consulting Group. She holds a BS degree in Special Education and Juris Doctor from Western New England College, School of Law.

Jidan Koon, M.P.A.

Jidan Koon is an InPartnership consultant specializing in leadership and youth development. With strong political analysis and community organizing experience, she has worked with many social justice organizations to reach their leadership, diversity and sustainability goals. Whether mediating tough conflicts or facilitating a 13-organization retreat, Jidan excels at creating inclusive, collaborative environments.

A proud native of the Bay Area and first generation Chinese American woman, Jidan holds a BA in Political Science from University of California at Berkeley, and a Masters of Public Policy (M.P.A.) and certificate in Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Prior to consulting, Jordan worked with the renowned Through Youth Together, managing the first four years of an on-site multi-service youth center serving Oakland high school students.

Akemi Matsumoto, M.E.

Akemi Matsumoto is an InPartnership consultant, speaker and coach who is a thought leader in promoting Asian Pacific Islander leadership in the workplace. A Seattle-based consultant, Akemi identifies how organizational issues affect employees and provides employee training that allows the organization to utilize all the resources employees bring to the workplace. She is a well-respected leader in promoting equity and cultural competence on college and university campuses with specialized training and expertise in implementing on-campus diversity and inclusion initiatives. She brings to InPartnership over thirty years of experience in higher education systems.

Akemi is a tenured faculty member and instructor at Bellevue Community College and trainer for APIA employee affinity groups and college-aged community leadership organizations for Asian Pacifics, Inc. She holds a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Oregon State University and is a National Defense Language Fellow of Montery Institute of Foreign Studies.

Clarence Patton

Clarence Patton is the Principal of Pipeline Consulting. Additionally, he is the Developer and Director of the Pipeline Project, a recruitment, retention, and leadership advancement effort with the goal of producing programs and engaging in activities that together will represent a long-term effort to increase the number of people of color working within the nation's LGBT rights, service and advocacy sector and ultimately increase the level of diversity in the leadership of our movement.

A skilled Professional Coach and Advisor trained in Interpersonal Leadership Styles, he has and continues to advise individual professionals on career planning, problem-solving, strategic thinking and forward planning, and groups with Board, Executive and staff management, relationship-building, and strategy. From November 2005 through January 2008, Clarence was the Executive Director of both of the New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (the Anti-Violence Project), and Acting Executive Director of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). He was also Acting Executive Director of the Anti-Violence Project for nine months prior to being selected as Executive Director.

Sonia L. Aranza

Sonia L. Aranza is an award-winning Keynote Speaker, Master Facilitator and Global Consultant. The National Association of Professional Asian American Women selected Ms. Aranza as "Outstanding Woman of the Year" in 2002 and she was recently named "100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the United States." She is listed in a Volume of "Outstanding Women in America" and is featured in a book with authors Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard entitled "Blueprint for Success."

Ms. Aranza earned two Master's Degrees including an M.A. in Cross-Cultural Communication from the University of Hawaii and an M.A. in Public Communication from the American University in Washington, DC. She was an International Exchange Student to Russia while the region was still the Soviet Union. Ms. Aranza was born in the Philippines, raised in Hawaii, resides in the Metro DC area and travels extensively throughout the world. She has been to over 12 European countries as well as Russia, South America and numerous countries in Asia and the Pacific region including India and China.

Gwen Crider

Gwen Crider is an organization effectiveness consultant with expertise in strategic planning, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and team performance. Her 20 years of experience includes leadership and consulting roles with organizations in the private, non-profit, government, and education sectors. She is adept at developing and implementing strategic initiatives that support organizational growth and sustainability as well as creating successful collaborations and partnerships to achieve common goals.

Clients seek Gwen for her collaborative approach, keen insights, and finely honed interpersonal and communication skills. Her commitment to innovation, and an ability to approach issues strategically, has helped organizations turn challenges into opportunities to build organizational capacity and exceptional performance. She collaborates with organizations to facilitate team effectiveness, problem-solving, strategic planning, change management and leadership development. Her clients have included the Association of Science Technology Centers; Intersections International; KEO Marketing; Southern Baptist Church; the National Park Service/National Capital Region; the International City Management Association, the National Multicultural Institute, Cook Ross Inc., Diversity Best Practices, Campaign Consultation and others.

As an adjunct professor at George Mason University (VA), Gwen currently teaches "Diversity in Organizations" to 3rd and 4th year management students. She is the author of numerous articles and a frequent speaker on subjects related to leadership, diversity & inclusion, strategic partnering and workforce development. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Connecticut.

Joshua Smith

Picture of Joshua SmithA San Francisco native and Berkeley resident since 1989, Joshua brings to InPartnership a deep understanding of administrative and executive support operations, with over ten years of experience supporting both executives and frontline customers. In addition to strong office management skills,Joshua's strengths include taking ownership of projects through completion and developing workable solutions using proven analytical and logical reasoning abilities. Joshua also brings over fifteen years of non-profit board leadership experience as the Founder and President of San Francisco LovEvolution, and Board Secretary of San Francisco LGBT Pride.

Ruma Tenbrink

Ruma Tenbrink is the newest member of InPartnership Consulting as the Production Operations Coordinator. Ruma brings over two decades of experience in Customer Service, Sales, Relationship and Project Management from the Commercial Insurance, Pharmaceutical, Finance and Healthcare Industries. She truly believes that building strong relationships and providing good "old-fashioned" customer service are the key cornerstones to all exceptional business partnerships, internal and external. Her goal is to continue to build upon the solid foundation provided by her InPartnership associates and become instrumental in helping bring the company to the next level of excellence.

Ruma is an active member of her surrounding communities and heavily involved with many non-profit and volunteer organizations. Her personal interests are varied and range from Wildlife and Marine Mammal Rehabilitation to Child Advocacy, Mentoring and Faith Formation. She is also involved in Historic Lighthouse Restoration and California Native Garden Education.

Ruma obtained a Bachelor of Science degree and graduated with honors from Armstrong College in Berkeley, CA. She studied Computer Management Science with a minor in Business Administration.

Susan Strasburger, M.A.

Susan Strasburger is an InPartnership executive coach, corporate trainer and group facilitator who excels in creating strategic personal and organizational change. From her Bay Area base, Susan designs effective and meaningful processes for learning, growth and change. She brings to InPartnership over fifteen years of coaching and training experience with top US corporations.

Susan’s work incorporates a strong theoretical framework and is deeply rooted in the collaborative model of Interaction Associates, whose Coaching and Facilitation courses she currently delivers nationwide. She holds degrees from Yale University and Mills College and certifications in Diversity Leadership and Re-Evaluation Counseling.

Nathaniel (Toby) Thompkins, M.S., Senior Consultant

Toby Thompkins is an InPartnership executive coach and consultant who designs, develops, and leads large-scale organizational development and change processes. He is an expert in a variety of topics, including personal growth, cultural diversity, leadership development, and process improvement. Toby brings to InPartnership over 20 years of experience working across industries in domestic and international settings.

Toby’s background includes serving in the corporate roles of Practice Leader for Organizational Culture and Diversity with Amoco Oil Corporation and Director of Worldwide Diversity at Baxter International. He is the author of two books: the Essence bestselling book, The Real Lives of Strong Black Women: Transcending Myths, Reclaiming Joy and The Real Lives of Strong Black Men: Releasing Pain, Reclaiming Love. He holds a BA in Psychology/Political Sciene and a Masters in Public Administration.

Panya Walker, Senior Consultant

Panya Walker is a New York-based InPartnership senior consultant who specializes in organizational assessment, branding development and marketing communications. Panya brings a decade of experience in the strategic development, launch and oversight of global philanthropic programs and trainings and has worked internationally as a writer and editor. In addition to her work, Panya has served on the Executive Committee of Corporate Volunteers of New York, as an Advisory Committee member of The Doe Fund, and continues to provide professional counseling within the non-profit community.

Panya also brings years of experience as a certified holistic health & wellness practitioner, working with individuals and groups to develop long-term wellness strategies and programs. She has earned two degrees from the University of Virginia, health and wellness certifications through the Achievement & Learning Centre in Canada, and has lived, worked and studied extensively in Africa and Asia.

Ana Cecilia Pérez

Ana Cecilia Pérez is an independent consultant working with non-profit organizations, government agencies and foundations to increase their impact and organizational effectiveness. Ms. Perez has been consulting for more than 15 years. Ana has expertise in organizational change, multicultural transformative leadership development, building collaborations rooted in equity and community empowerment frameworks.

Ms. Perez is an experienced manager, has directed multiple prominent organizations and has held senior positions in civil rights, national and international policy groups. She is an immigrant rights leader and a passionate leadership and community builder. She has been at the forefront of organizing effective multi-racial and multi-sector coalitions locally and nationally. Ms. Perez and her family fled the Salvadoran civil war in the early 1980s. She grew up in the Central American community in Los Angeles, benefitting from the 1986 immigration reform. She has a B.A. from U.C. San Diego and a Masters in Journalism from U.C. Berkeley.

Bradley Wilkinson, M.S.

Bradley Wilkinson is an InPartnership speaker, facilitator and instructional designer who works with organizations to create inclusive environments that tap the full potential of all people. Based in Atlanta, Brad has experience with a broad mix of client systems and industries and brings to each of these his focus on leveraging the power of diversity and human spirit. He brings to InPartnership a variety of learning methodologies including experiential workshop design, multimedia training and video-based instruction.

Brad's background includes serving as Associate Instructor at Keller Graduate School of Management and as part-time faculty at Georgia State University. He has additional experience in the financial services and extensive involvement in non-profit diversity initiatives in the Atlanta community. He holds a BS in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech and a MS in Industrial Relations from Georgia State University.

Eva Young, M.A.

Eva Young is an InPartnership organization development practitioner who designs and delivers strategic interventions for profit and non-profit organizations interested in creating high performing, inclusive and culturally effective workplaces. Eva specializes as a project manager responsible for implementing national diversity programs. She also has expertise in leadership, coaching, retreat and group facilitation, train the trainer workshops, and team building and development. She brings to InPartnership over 17 years of experience in achieving long-term, sustainable change by working at all levels of an organization.

Based in Washington, DC, Eva is a founding member of the Diversity Leadership Forum, and a member of the International Coaching Federation. Eva is fluent in English, Spanish, and French. She holds a Master’s degree in Social and Organizational Learning from George Mason University and is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Community Fellows.


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