A few of the consulting firms and professionals we may collaborate with for various purposes.
Marqui Coaching and Consulting
Marquita Stephens, MPA
CEO & Principal Consultant
Areas of Expertise
Personal and professional change
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA., Marquita has been in the Twin Cities since 1999, working on behalf of children and families. The former President and CEO of the African American Adoption Agency, and Community Engagement lead for the Roseville Area School district’s 21st Century grant, she is now responsible for developing the program content and organizational presence of the Urban League’s Education department. Marquita has developed the Parent Academy, a Summer STEAM program, and deepened the Twin Cities’ version of the National Urban League’s Project Ready as Black Gems. These programs focus on programming for students across the Twin Cities in middle and high school, and for
their parents. Marquita’s advocacy in the area of education includes public legislative testimony, being a principal author, with Minnesota Department of Education and Minneapolis Public Schools, of a soon to be published Equity Guidebook. Marquita was also the facilitator for the Community Conversations for the City of Roseville arising after the shooting of Philando Castile, tackling such subjects as police/community relations and immigration reform.
She continues to staff projects for the Urban League Twin Cities that address policing and criminal justice; she also serves on the Urban League’s leadership team.
Michelle Martin, MPA
Founder & Principal Consultant
Areas of Expertise
People-centered strategy development
Facilitation, Planning, and Redesign
Michelle is the co-founder and former COO of the Northside Achievement Zone, a comprehensive, collaborative effort modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone to focus on ending generational poverty in North Minneapolis with education as a lever. Michelle co-led the 2-year steering committee process with over 40 non-profit and school partners to design a comprehensive model for change, which is still guiding work in the successful collaborative effort. With nearly 20 years of experience as a non-profit leader, she is now consulting to cultivate racially equitable solutions in the social sector. Currently, she is completing a Masters in Public Affairs degree at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School with a focus on human services leadership. She has consulted with numerous organizations on strategy and organizational culture, including working with Dakota County Social Services department to create and adopt an anti-racism hiring toolkit.
Angela Airall, PMD, MBA
Areas of Expertise
Diversity, equity and inclusion
Organizational development strategist
Ms. Angela M. Airall is often referred to as a catalyst, a spiritual advisor and a healer in the examination and reconciliation of bias, discrimination and institutional oppression. She combines her passion in Strategic Diversity , Equity, Inclusion and Culture Change with her cross-cultural competency and education in Strategy from Harvard Business School. Her expertise in assessing and institutionalizing global, national, local, corporate and civic change initiatives has left a legacy for advancing the marginalized and underserved across a variety of industries.
Angela brings three decades of consulting to leaders and organizations to build a culture of Strategic Diversity and Inclusion. She has served in internal roles as Chief Diversity Officer and Chief Learning Officer with line responsibility for training, development and culture change at the Center for Creative Leadership, CINERGY, Duke Energy, Duke Medicine, Duke University, Educational Testing Service, Johnson and Johnson, and Girl Scouts of the USA, Inc.