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MADGE BEMISS
DIRECTOR

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

ROBERT BURACK
DIRECTOR

An experienced facilitator of 700+ workshops and retreats, representing 1,500+ facilitation hours, Robert helps nonprofits, local governments, and philanthropies use human-centered design to address social issues. 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 propelled equitable practices in the global handmade sector. Master of Public Management, Carnegie Mellon University

TONI WYNN
SENIOR STRATEGIST

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."

NIC MARLTON
DIRECTOR

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.

MATT GAYER
SENIOR FACILITATOR

With 9 years of facilitation experience, including 500+ workshops and retreats and 1,200+ facilitation hours, Matt is known for his ability to nimbly translate content for diverse audiences – in the service of collaboratively solving problems. Matt also serves as Co-Executive Director of the Catalogue for Philanthropy (Washington, D.C.), a nonprofit capacity-building organization. He is a former facilitator for the Advisory Board Company, and is the former Executive Director of Health Literacy Dallas – a nonprofit focused on health communication. Master of Public Administration, Syracuse University

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