12 years as Director of Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Education for Portland Parks, four years at Portland non-profit SOAR, providing access to outdoor adventures for adults with physical disabilities.
Merrilee enjoys providing attentive support to clients across the country. She loves the enthusiastic atmosphere and inspired work done by WMFDP. All of which show up daily as heartfelt dedication.
Greg’s passion is driving transformative change that challenges our way of thinking. His focus is on the adversity that faces individuals and orgs in the journey to inclusion. He has an MBA in international management from PSU.
Marketing professional who over the last ten years refocused his career to work in the nonprofit sector. Formerly with the Portland Art Museum, driving their media and digital strategy.
Cynthia draws from her deep experience in marketing & communications, conflict resolution, and facilitation to support WMFDP's mission and deliver value to its clients.
Noah works with the leadership and content experts to ensure that our program delivery quality maintains its high professional standard, and continually looks for ways to refresh our curriculum to ensure WMFDP delivers the utmost in quality to our clients.
Peggy manages our client service teams, safeguarding, above all, the professional quality service our clients know us for. A former Assistant Dean of the Univ. of Oregon Law School and law firm administrator, Peggy has over 20+ years experience in client development and client satisfaction.
Thirty-four years in public education. Principal of magnet urban and rural schools, affiliating with experiential methodology. Additionally, loves math.
Amalia has 25 years experience in cross-cultural community building with an emphasis on intercultural communication, organizational development and strategic planning. She has extensive experience working with Latino, African American, American Indian, Asian and Pacific Islanders as well as LGBTQ and disability leaders. Amalia’s talent lies in her ability to unify people from diverse cultures, backgrounds and disciplines to work together toward common goals. Amalia currently works with the City of Portland, Oregon where she oversees initiatives promoting shared governance while integrating civic engagement.
Anita has worked in the business world for 20 years holding positions in Sales, Marketing, and HR in the US,Europe, and India. This experience, plus being born in the melting pot of London, England has cultivated a global mindset. As an organization development consultant, Anita has worked with clients ranging from The Nature Conservancy to Microsoft. She dedicates her time to helping herself and others forge new ground through collaboration.
After choosing a mid-career change, she graduated from the Pepperdine MSOD program with the Graziadio Leadership Award where her thesis topic was Adaptive Leadership and her advisor was Chris Worley, co-author of the OD Handbook.
As a woman and an African-American psychologist, Jacki is concerned with issues of race and gender and has worked with groups to increase communication and the valuing of diversity. She consults with WMFDP partners and associates on a variety of issues. Jacki was formerly director of the Counseling Center at Amherst College. She graduated from Merrimack College and has her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Massachusetts. She has experience in individual counseling from humanistic, behavioral, and cognitive points of view and is also trained and experienced in group consultation and facilitation.
Bo Razak is an experienced change consultant. He is a trainer and leader coach who specializes in organization culture change and leadership development. With more than 25 years of consulting experience, Bo has: designed and conducted diversity and inclusion projects; coordinated long-term OD interventions; designed and conducted training that supports change; and developed a planning tool ― "Impact Thinking Framework" ― a planning tool for implementing organizational change.
Diversity coach, economist, former manager in US gov't agencies and a university educator-researcher. Co-founder of NTL Institute’s Diversity Leadership Cert. Program. MA in organization & HR development from American Univ., PhD economics from Tulane.
Nancy has 44 years of experience working consciously on race, gender and sexual orientation issues in herself and in client organizations. As a white, heterosexual, U.S. born woman, she often finds herself in the majority and uses her majority group status to surface and challenge assumptions and patterns connected to difference. Her clients have included Apple, Corning, Cummins, HP and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She has served as adjunct faculty or guest lecturer at American University, Purdue University and the University of Cincinnati. Through experience and reflection she continues to discover and work to eliminate racist, sexist and heterosexist practices.
Cherie is a certified professional coach and consultant, who brings a breadth of experience to the practice. Her extensive international business background includes positions in program management, diversity consultation, business and and organizational development. Her expertise includes cross cultural collaboration, leadership development, facilitation, consultation and coaching for individuals, teams and organizations. Cheri made history in November 2010, when she was elected the first African-American legislator in Idaho.
Moe has over two decades of experience working with individuals, groups and systems, to bring about personal, local and systemic change. She partners with organizations who seek an active, engaging and thought-provoking approach to improving work and the workplace. Moe has found that rigorous self-awareness, honest dialogue, active involvement and empathy are fundamentals to improving individual and team effectiveness. Moe holds a master’s degree in Organization Development from Antioch New England University.
Michael has over 25 years of experience in business operations, human resources, workforce diversity and leadership development. He currently oversees diversity and inclusion initiatives at New York City Transit, and has held leadership positions for the City University of New York system, American Airlines, Citi and American Express. He has an MBA from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, and is a proven leader with a unique interdisciplinary background. According to Collins, “great organizations find a way to build on differences so that people feel better about themselves, their workplace and their ability to contribute.
Emily Joye is a life long learner who works at the intersections of spirituality and social justice. She has a Master's of Divinity Degree from Pacific School of Religion and is currently working on a Master's of Social Work with a concentration on Mental Health at the University of Southern California. Emily has pastoral and facilitator experience working within faith communities, youth programs, mental health services, corporations, schools, LGBTQ centers, prostitution diversion and sexual assault services. She believes there is no movement toward justice without first examining and telling the truth about the way power, privilege and oppression operate at all levels of society. She is fiercely committed to bringing the spirit of love to the hard, necessary work of equity.
Ethan acknowledges the extensive privileges he has been provided as a heterosexual, white man and consciously utilizes every day to work towards equity for all people. Ethan has worked with schools, community based organizations, businesses, and government agencies across the country for over 15 years. His clients include the National Park Service, Outward Bound, Milton Academy, and the Nature Conservancy. He facilitates dynamic environments for people to confront and transform personal biases as well as systemic inequity, with a foundation in basic human goodness. He earned his M.S. Ed in Educational Leadership from Bank Street Graduate School is currently a lecturer at San Francisco State University.
Robin is an executive coach, and facilitator/trainer with a depth and breadth of education and experience in human resources, leadership coaching and workforce diversity and inclusion. For more than 25 years she has approached her work with one goal in mind: To educate, inspire, equip and empower people with awareness and skills necessary to contribute at maximum potential in their professional and personal lives. Robin specializes in working with organizations and individuals to achieve quantifiable results and is particularly adept at using expert questions and analytical ability to help clients quickly focus on the core area of needed change, then design processes and action steps to make it happen.
Donna is an organization change practitioner. For more than 21 years, Donna has led projects, in strategic planning, organization culture change, executive coaching, leadership and team development as well as diversity and inclusion in the U.S. Asia, Europe and Latin America. Previously she was an executive with Procter & Gamble where she led the organization development and human resource departments for the Latin American Division, as well as Information Systems and Product Development. She completed her master’s degree in organizational development at American University and a certificate in organization development at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science.
Dr. Joan Buccigrossi is an organizational development professional with significant experience and expertise in culture change, talent management and diversity and inclusion. She has a reputation for developing strategic plans that meet organizational goals. Joan is a highly creative and collaborative partner expert at building relationships and delivering value. Throughout her career, Joan has gained international experience working in-house with companies such as Rockwell Automation and Kellogg’s, as well as consulting with Whirlpool, GE.
Joan received her doctorate in Organizational Systems & Development from Fielding Graduate Univ. Santa Barbara, CA with a focus on intercultural competencies and working across differences. She holds a MA in Human Development from Fielding and a BA in Education and English for The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY.
Cliff has been consulting with a broad range of organizations in multiple sectors for over 25 years. He specializes in diversity, equity and inclusion; leadership development; team development and team building; supervision; conflict resolution; group facilitation and nonprofit board development. He has worked with hundreds of organizations and thousands of people in building strong effective organizations. He has a long connection with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and is co-founder and key consultant of their diversity, equity and inclusion capacity building program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Services and Public Affairs from the University of Oregon with a focus in community education and social psychology. Cliff is a recipient of Nordstroms Diversity Award.
Kristin is an organizational development consultant specializing in intercultural relations and diversity. She has helped clients in a range of fields ( from engineering and sciences to public health and law enforcement )to manage organizational change and create more equitable, inclusive and productive work environments. Her services include strategic action planning, visioning, process facilitation and dialogue, conflict resolution, individual and team coaching, and training. Kristin earned her master’s degree in Intercultural Relations from Antioch University.
Mary is a business change consultant and executive life coach who has been working with executives from Fortune 500 companies in leadership positions for 15 years. She was involved in groundbreaking research on women and leadership in higher education and was on the faculty at State University of New York at Albany, where she taught psychology, program design, evaluation and research methodology. She has an active life coach practice where she draws upon the work of energy psychology, mythology and Shamanism to open pathways for bringing heart and deeper purpose into people’s lives, and passion and true calling into their place of work.
30 yrs of global experience in leadership, team development, coaching. Mark has an EdD from Boston Univ and taught at Boston Univ, Indiana Univ, Portland State Univ, and Singapore Management Univ, focusing on accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities.
Jim is passionate about helping companies understand and leverage their impact for the greater good and sees exploring issues of privilege, culture and partnership with white men in leadership as a key element of his own self-development. Jim and his wife run a consulting company in the coaching, training and culture transformation space. Jim recharges by playing music, enjoying his family and friends, and spending time skiing, climbing, paddling—lifelong pursuits that harken back to his roots in the adventure and experiential learning field. His 30 plus year career includes founding three successful businesses in the non-profit and for-profit arenas and writing
Jo Ann an executive coach and organization change consultant with twenty plus years of experience. Her corporate career spanned engineering, information technology and organizational development. Engineering management and reaching Partner propelled her to lead large organizations and maximize gender as a leadership competency. Jo Ann's coaching practice focuses on courageous leadership team development, executive coaching and OD. Jo Ann earned a master's degree in Organizational Management and Development from Fielding Graduate University. She is pursuing a Human Development PhD with a concentration in Transformative Learning and Social Justice. Co-founder of WMFDP.
Peggy has over 20 years experience and expertise in the fields of leadership development, executive coaching, inclusion and diversity, organizational change and strategic planning. Her work is collaborative, values-based and results-oriented. The work often begins with executive teams and cascades to other leaders and people managers. Her work ensures that clients realize the highest impact from their investment in creating inclusive organizations. Peggy earned a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College in East Asian Studies, a doctorate in law from Lewis and Clark Law School and a master’s degree from the University of Santa Monica. She is also a graduate of Harvard’s Educational Management Program. She was recently awarded the American Bar Association’s 2017 Spirit of Excellence Award for her work on diversity & inclusion.
Noah is a WMFDP Senior Consultant with over 15 years of experience as an education and social justice advocate. He is skilled at facilitating the development of self-awareness around privilege, diversity partnerships and cultivating leadership focus on equity. He received his BA in Black Feminist Thought at Evergreen State College; and an MA in Education from Temple University. In addition to teaching 5 years in the Philadelphia public schools, Noah has worked for the College Success Foundation, Tacoma 360, served as Dean of Community Partnerships and Parent Outreach in Tacoma Public Schools and as an equity entrepreneur. Noah is also a consultant in the public and private sectors around diversity, inclusion and leadership development.
With more than 18-years experience in the diversity and inclusion field in organizations like Shell Oil, Campbell Soup and GlaxoSmithKline, Rick brings a pragmatic approach to the development and implementation of sustainable D&I strategies for global matrixes organizations. Rick is also the author of Finding the Energy: Coming Out in Corporate America, a memoir capturing the lessons and observations of his journey. Rick is an avid supporter of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Out & Equal, and PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays). He currently serves on the Corporate Advisory Board for the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN). ”
With over three decades of experience in facilitation, training and coaching, Roni brings deep experience and commitment to help create an effective and safe learning environment. Roni has worked with business clients across sectors and organization levels. She has worked in a myriad of environments in different countries from outdoor physically challenging settings with a focus on developing effective teams to formal classrooms delivering curriculum-based leadership skills training. Roni has a master’s degree in intercultural relations with a focus on how culture informs how we interact with each other. Roni focuses on culture at multiple levels- country, organization, business function, learning style preferences and family background.
Chad is the Executive Director of Diversity Focus, a not-for-profit organization that promotes diversity awareness and inclusion. He is a veteran human resource professional holding posts with Kraft Foods, Amoco Corp, Citicorp Diners Club and the University of Iowa Healthcare. He brings a wide range of experience with a special focus on HR business integration and community engagement. Simmons graduated from Morehouse College, holds an MBA from the University of Iowa, and has his SPHR and GPHR from the HR Certification Institute.
Steve has more than 25 years experience in organizational development. He is an experiential workshop designer and a dynamic facilitator, coach and consultant. Steve also serves as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Executive MBA Program. His work involves the human element in ways that combine the head and heart in a participative process focused on individual growth. Steve received a MS in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an avid cyclist and travels internationally to gain greater appreciation for diversity. Steve is active with the Shivas Irons Society and gratefully supports the All Burma Monks Alliance.
Tim brings more than 25 years of experience as an organization development consultant and coach helping organizations and leaders improve their effectiveness. Known for his engaging style, his approach helps clients examine and change the underlying thinking patterns and business structures that most impact their results. He has found the complex and often emotional issues related to diversity, inclusion and intercultural humility to be an ideal crucible for developing the leadership skills needed to succeed in today’s global business environment. MA, Whole Systems Design, Antioch University. Adjunct Faculty, MBA program, Portland State University. Former Partner, WMFDP.