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Madge combines broad experience, an ability to manage complex projects, and a personal commitment to fostering inclusivity and collaboration through strategy and design processes. She embodies a rare balance of vision and pragmatism. As the leader of Brocade’s strategic planning practice, Bemiss recently completed strategic planning processes for the Legal Aid Justice Center and the Mississippi Museum of Art. In addition to managing strategic planning, Bemiss is an adept project manager, recently completing a multi-year project management engagement for the American Civil War Museum, in Richmond. Master of Architecture, Columbia University


An experienced facilitator of 1,200+ retreats and sessions, Robert uses facilitation and planning techniques to help nonprofits, local governments, and philanthropies make collaborative, strategic decisions. He has held appointments at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, at Harvard's Kennedy School, where he worked with U.S. cities to incorporate data and design across city governments, at the Richard King Mellon Foundation, where he helped to launch the nation's premier accelerator for craft businesses, and at the DEED Lab at Parsons School of Design, where he researched equitable practices in the global handmade sector. Master of Strategic Design and Management, Parsons School of Design at The New School; Master of Public Management, Carnegie Mellon University


A renowned writer, facilitator, conflict management specialist, STEAM educator, and crafter of museum exhibits, Toni brings a range of experiences and skills to the Brocade team. She shaped the Cultural Expressions exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, for which she won an American Alliance of Museums award, and has contributed to exhibits at the National Civil Rights Museum and the Museum at the Gateway Arch – work which The Washington Post noted "grapples with fundamental questions."


Having designed and managed systems in public education, finance, and legal services, Nic is adept at working across sectors to find and implement inventive solutions. He has created crisis-management programs in Pennsylvania’s lowest performing public schools, and recently completed an extended engagement with Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund. He is a strong believer that the principles of data and design can be applied to any challenge, and meets client problems with the creativity and energy they demand.


With four years of experience consulting across the private and non-profit sectors, Ashkan has used analytics-based approaches to assist both Fortune 500 companies and community organizations in devising strategy. He has overseen the successful closure of multi-billion dollar merger and acquisition deals and, more recently, has worked to close digital access gaps in K-12 education systems. An Iranian immigrant, Ashkan is driven by work that levels the playing field for all individuals and increases social mobility.


Patrick over three decades of experience managing and auditing IT systems across sectors; he’s worked in human services, financial services, legal services, and government. He was twice decorated with the Air Force Commendation Medal for digital transformation projects he led in partnership with high-profile governmental entities, including the White House Communications Agency and White House Travel Office.

After nine years as a Systems Architect for Casey Family Services, and several significant projects with the Annie E. Casey Foundation (including requirement gathering and existing systems audits for Casey Family Services and Indiana child welfare systems), Patrick spent seven years at Bridgewater Associates, where he managed enterprise systems and lead an HR analytics team.

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With over a decade of management experience at high-performance nonprofits with strong, values-based cultures, Samantha is committed to transformative organizational change that forwards equity, inclusion, and justice. She is the former Executive Director of Break Away, a community-based learning and training organization; in this role, she led justice-focused retreats for hundreds of colleges and universities. At Brocade, she supports our legal justice clients with their research and strategy needs. Master of Social Work, University of Michigan


A PhD. candidate in Sociology at the University of Chicago, Shannon is a skilled researcher who contributed to our legal justice and cultural strategy work. Her own research draws on ethnographic methods and archival data to understand how various arts organizations and artist communities have contributed to neighborhood gentrification. She also recently co-authored, in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, results of a study showing that those killed in predominantly Black or Hispanic neighborhoods are less likely to be discussed in news coverage as multifaceted, complex people. Master of Social Science, University of Chicago

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