This is who
we are.

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MMG is a research and change management firm that centers the principles of racial justice and social justice in all that we do.

We help people in the private and public sector transform their communities and global societies. MMG partners with organizations that range in size from 20 employees to 6,000. We hold more than 15 years of experience developing and implementing research and change management strategies for equity, justice, and belonging in tech companies, foundations, healthcare groups, progressive organizations, and academic institutions. We help organizations and companies create actionable and impactful data-informed frameworks for transformation. Our global network of researchers, strategists, and facilitators has implemented some of the largest change management actions in the world.

 

In some of the largest change management firms in the world, firms tasked with driving the socialization of COVID-19 vaccine campaigns, cutting delivery times in half for lifesaving medicines, building businesses that change the fabric of our global societies, actually creating internal culture that aligns with the values that these companies present to their clients proves to be an enduring failure. At MMG, we don’t just engage in change management work that helps our clients build, create, and dismantle. We live by our principles and continuously innovate in creating a radical, trauma-informed, and harm-reductive culture that builds our community up as opposed to tearing them down in the name of innovation.

Here are some of the benefits we offer to part-time and full-time team members:

  • Full benefits (health, eye, vision)
  • 1 30-day paid sabbatical/year
  • Free therapy (with on-staff therapist)
  • Director of Healing + Repair who supports our team with facing conflict, confronting harm, and seeking repair
  • Unlimited PTO (with a 6-week mandatory minimum)

At MMG, innovation doesn’t begin with our clients. It begins with us. We can only be enterprising, creative, strategic, and brave as we demonstrate ourselves when are clients are not in the room.  That’s true innovation. Welcome to MMG.

Who would we be without the oppression? What could we do? Where could we go?

Our vision is creating a world that is centered in the principles of accountability and repair, justice and harm reduction, courage and imagination. We imagine communities at work and beyond that are led by a desire to honor and respect each other’s dignity, wellbeing, capacity, and humanity. This is our vision.

Acknowledge Power, Name Privilege
We agree to struggle against racism, sizeism, transphobia, classism, sexism, ableism, and the ways we internalize myths and misinformation about our own identities and the identities of other people.

Stop Harm, Seek Repair
We know that no space can be completely “safe” and we agree to work together towards harm reduction, centering those most affected by injustice in the community even if it means centering ourselves.

Normalize Vulnerability, Embrace Discomfort  
We agree to sit with the discomfort that comes with confronting the complexities of harm, repair, identity, and accountability. We agree to try our best not to shame ourselves for the vulnerability that this kind of work requires.

Build Coalitions, Build Community
We agree to value the viewpoints of other people that do not challenge or conflict with our right to exist nor with the right of others to exist. We agree to build communities that are founded in our shared liberation.

Do the Work Together, Never Alone
We agree to work together; to build change management and research processes that offer everyone an opportunity to contribute, to create, to act. We know we don’t have all the answers. We do this work in community. Our clients are our collaborators. They have just as much to teach us as have to teach them.

Our Team

McKensie Mack | They/Them

Founder + CEO

Denise Wilmer Barreto | She/Her

Consultant/Founder, RMN

Diamond Greer | She/Her

Advisor

David Jackson | He/Him

Analyst

Naté Hoover | She/Her

Finance Director

Phillip Lambert | He/Him

Director of Operations

Taylor Cade | She/Her

Director of Healing and Repair

Richla Davis, M. Ed, LCPC | She/Her

Consultant, LGBTQIA+ Communities + Mental Health

Elizabeth Sampson | They/She

Consultant, Arts Education + Nonprofit Management

Anna Chapman | She/Her

Director of Digital Acceleration

Maryann Escutia | She/Her

Project Manager

Vita Cleveland | They/She

Research Manager

Nicole Jackson | She/Her

Consultant, Product Development and Healthcare

McKensie Mack

Founder + CEO | They/Them

Bunny McKensie Mack is a trilingual researcher, analyst, organizer and the Founder and CEO of MMG. McKensie holds more than 10 years of experience helping organizations, community groups, governing agencies, and healthcare organizations create transformational cultures at the intersection of race, gender, class, disability, and LGBTQ+ identity with clients based in the U.S, the UK, India, France, Germany, Spain, Peru, and more.

Their firm, MMG, has partnered with communities nationally and globally to develop trauma-informed and harm-reductive communications strategies and cultures that identify and dismantle social inequity while giving people the tools to better their lives and communities. Using qualitative and quantitative data, the MMG helps communities develop chanage management plans plans and drive implementation through a lens of justice, accountability, transformation, and belonging. McKensie holds a BA in Linguistics from the University of Chicago and is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Anthropology.

Denise Wilmer Barreto

Consultant/Founder, RMN | She/Her

Managing Partner and Entrepreneur, author, and TEDx speaker, Denise is a leading 21st-century voice on leadership and inclusion. With over 20 years of marketing experience across multiple industries, Denise is the founder and managing partner of Relationships Matter Now, LLC, a strategic business consulting firm based outside of Chicago. Denise and her firm serve businesses of all sizes, nonprofit and government agencies who want to better leverage their relationships to attain their objectives through strategic planning, organizational and leader development, and inclusion and diversity strategic integration with an emphasis on managing the accompanying narrative.

Diamond Greer

Advisor | She/Her

As a creator and coach, Diamond’s work has been featured in Project Include, IDSA’s IDEA Awards, The Jam TV, The City Clerk of Chicago’s Women at the Forefront Awards, TEDx, SHRM, Teen Vogue, World Economic Forum Global Shapers, New Leaders Council, Chicago Woman Magazine, and her alma mater Northwestern University. She has a track record of successfully reshaping the human experience in service design, entrepreneurship, and corporate leadership. Respectively, she’s moved investors to a standing ovation and held space for women of color to build thriving careers and businesses, converted pay gaps into opportunities through real estate, and overseen the development of hundreds of leaders at a global, billion-dollar investment firm.

Diamond believes every person deserves to feel and live good. She’s on a mission to transform this belief into a lifestyle for millions of people, one powerful conversation at a time.

David Jackson

Analyst | He/Him

David serves as Visioning Analyst at MMG with the intention of helping to center care in MMG’s work toward equity and anti-racism in the workplace. David has worked internationally with non-profits and music-education programs (Street Beat Incorporated, The Kingdom Choir, Voices Of Creation) to prioritize the perspectives and possibilities of marginalized people in performance art and in liberation work. He believes that fundamental to all forms of liberation is imagination. As a writer, he uses questioning as a tool to help people examine their experiences and commitments; reimagining the possibilities of their immediate and broader communities. He sets out to acknowledge every person’s shared humanity and to help create a world that joins in this acknowledgment.

Naté Hoover

Finance Director | She/Her

Naté is an experienced Certified Project Manager with over 20 years experience in Project Portfolio and Operations Management . She has partnered several local and federal government agencies, not for profit and private organizations. Naté’s success is highlighted in facilitating and driving sustainable and impactful process improvement and change. Naté holds a BA in Sociology, MA in Human Resources Management and an MBA. She also holds the following designations – Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Training Managing and Director (CTM/D).

Phillip Lambert

Director of Operations | He/Him

Phillip Lambert is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and curator. Phillip has over 17 years’ experience as a youth arts educator and HIV activist while pursuing a Doctorate in Community Psychology. Phillip’s work has appeared in Art AIDS America Chicago, the Alphawood Gallery, and on Blavity, Chelsea Lately, Essence, The Soup, VH1, and Queer, Ill + OKAY.

Taylor Cade

Director of Healing and Repair | She/Her

Taylor Cade (she/her/hers) is a healing facilitator, author, and passionate advocate for women of color in wellness. As a healing practitioner, she guides the healing process and self-discovery of individuals through workshops, spiritual storytelling, and therapeutic sessions. As a former educator, she has over ten years of experience teaching students with disabilities and leading school staff towards the improvement of student performance.

In Taylor’s role as the Director of Healing and Repair at MMG, she holds space for the collective care and healing of people, communities, and organizations. Her intention is to help address conflict through the lens of anti-oppression and repair to build communities founded in collective liberation and individual accountability.

Richla Davis, M. Ed, LCPC

Consultant, LGBTQIA+ Communities + Mental Health | She/Her

Richla Davis is a psychotherapist and a social justice advocate. She began advocacy work ten years ago while educating college students as well as fundraising for cis and trans women survivors of sexual violence. Richla’s passion for queer advocacy strengthened while providing mental health services for LGBTQIA+ populations at a local nonprofit. Currently, Richla provides individual psychotherapy primarily for people of color and LGBTQIA+ populations whose mental health issues are often rooted in systemic oppression. Richla has a BS in Psychology with a minor in American Sign Language from DePaul University and a M.Ed in Community Counseling from DePaul University. She is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.

Elizabeth Sampson

Consultant, Arts Education + Nonprofit Management | They/She

Elizabeth’s work focuses on organizational leadership, strategic communications, and racial equity. As a leader in equity education, they focus on structural transformation within organizations to grow with strength and intention: building internal auditing structures for hiring and employee retention, thoughtful staff support and program growth, and economic stability. Elizabeth has developed and facilitated programs at universities, K-12 schools, national teaching labs and international organizations.

Anna Chapman

Director of Digital Acceleration | She/Her

Maryann Escutia

Project Manager | She/Her

MaryAnn (she/her) is a respected Project Manager with experience that spans the gamut with over 8 years in the industry. Her extraordinary appreciation for detail, love of creative concepts, and a strong devotion to timeline management makes for impeccable results. Most recently her experience as Producer has been in the conference space across various industries with attendance capacities spanning from 5,000-10,000. All of which helps MaryAnn implement detailed communication, strategy focused timelines and deliverables, and creative problem solving to any project she is on.

Vita Cleveland

Research Manager | They/She

Vita (they/she) has come to understand radical change as the difficult, yet important practice of learning, unlearning, and healing in order to grow. They carry this as a constant inside and outside effort, seeking to embody the mantras of Marsha P. Johnson and Nina Simone: living with soul, paying it no mind, and using art to reflect the times. All of these aspects are lived through her identities as a Black, Trans, Non-Binary, Disabled Femme. Vita’s experience has included roles as a youth mentor, arts educator, activist, advocate, administrator, and performing artist. Her work in Chicago has led to time as a core member of the city’s BLM Chapter, a founding member of the BTGNC Collective, collaborations with For The People (FTP) Artist’s Collective, and a role as a Trans medical advocacy collaborator and educator with Upswing Advocates. As an artist, Vita E. has been adding new works of poetry, music, social analysis, and their own lived stories through social media, in their self titled YouTube and Facebook page, “Vita E.”

Nicole Jackson

Consultant, Product Development and Healthcare | She/Her

Nicole (she/her) is a technical consultant who specializes in team dynamics and development and is currently a Technical Director of Product Management within the market research domain that specializes in applying NLP and other machine learning and AI concepts to product innovation and deep consumer research for big technology and consumer product goods companies in the US. Nicole is a member of the American Association of the Advancement of Sciences’ (AAAS) IF/THEN Initiative and the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation where she supports and mentors second year students at Howard University interested in hybrid approaches to mentoring and career development. Previous roles held include Chief Technology Officer, VP of Strategy, Director of Technology Strategy, Director of Product Delivery, Release Engineer and Development Manager. Nicole was awarded the Fredricka K. Reisman Award winner for Outstanding Graduate Work in Creativity in 2019 for her work in synthesizing her professional experience with her academic interest in Mind, Brain, and Learning and its application to technical creativity and innovation. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D. with Drexel University’s School of Education.

Mrs. Jackson is featured in two concurrent physical and virtual museum exhibits on display in San Francisco and Chicago for her work in technical leadership in equity and healthcare technology. She has been featured by Google Arts & Culture for her vocal activism in the technical product development and design space as a black female LGBTQIA leader in STEM. Nicole is also one of 122 statues on display in Dallas, Texas, at the world’s largest exhibit of women statues, an exhibit created by Lyda Hill Philanthropies and the American Association for the Advancement of Science to celebrate women innovators in STEM.

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