Arthur G. Padilla (Senior Managing Partner). Master's in Counseling Psychology: Community Development. Prescott College. Mr. Padilla began his community impact work in Southern Arizona, working for a multi-stakeholder collaborative designed to reduce HIV infection throughout Pima County. Mr. Padilla has implemented several similar initiatives to address the community oppression of LGBTQ youth in Washington, DC; crystal methamphetamine addiction in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood; and a community therapy initiative in Northern New Mexico for first-time insured mental health clients. Mr. Padilla has been working as a consultant since 2011. He has done extensive work in anti-racist and anti-oppression programming across the United States. In Alaska, where distance learning has been a priority for many years, he participated in developing collective impact initiatives for front-line care workers. He was also the lead evaluator for a Department of Education project in Alaska designed to learn about cultural differences using an immersion/experiential program. This collective impact project included the Native Corporations from across Alaska, all the school districts in the state, teachers in middle school and high school, and students from every Alaska community. Lastly, he just completed a three-year initiative with the YWCA USA office as lead evaluator for a trauma-informed leadership project for high school girls of color. Again, this well-funded national initiative included YWCAaffiliates, high schools, small businesses, educators, parents, and most especially, youth. The program will launch nationally in 2021.
Barbara Dawson brings more than 25 years of experience working with nonprofits serving communities of color, disenfranchised and marginalized youth and their families. Ms. Dawson has worked in the capacity as a director, manager, curricula developer, and facilitator for both government and private sector contracts. Her passion is working with youth and their families to facilitate leadership skills and to encourage and build harmonious and healthy relationships.
Mark Buckley brings more than 25 years of experience as a successful, mission-focused nonprofit leader. His expertise includes effective organizational advancement, executive coaching, team-building, board development and training, and extensive fundraising. He is a certified advanced grant proposal writer through the Grantsmanship Center, raising in excess of $20 million, and holds a double major in public policy and psychology from WWU.
LaJuana Johnson brings more than 20 years of senior leadership experience and has directed a wide range of initiatives on issues ranging from evaluation and organizational development to diversity, equity, and inclusion to change management.
Ms. Johnson has excellent project management and facilitation skills and has coached and trained numerous federal, state, and local partners in DEI related topics. Ms. Johnson uses a framework of social justice, experiential learning, and andragogic principles for her work. www.lajuanajohnson.com
Tricia Lazzar has worked in multiple industries and brings a unique perspective in understanding the implications of strategic decision-making on a larger scale. She holds a BS in Business Management and a Master’s in Organizational Management and Leadership, with a focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workspace.
She is a Professional Fellow of the US Department of State: traveling in 2018 to Cairo, Egypt to meet with government ministries, the US Embassy, the UN, and emerging organizations to collaborate and establish best practices concerning disability rights and women’s empowerment throughout Upper and Lower Egypt.
Amanda has spent over 15 years in the marketing and public relations fields working with multi-million dollar nonprofits and in the entertainment industry. In between, she launched and subsequently sold a bakery business. Her intimate knowledge of business development merged with her marketing and communication experience creates a holistic approach to nonprofit and business growth. Her work centers around workplace culture, internal systems, marketing strategy, and public relations.
Amanda is a certified CliftonStrengths Executive Coach and will finish her MBA this spring. Her public relations work was acknowledged by the Public Relations Society of America with its highest honor, a Totem Award.