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Paul S. Bracy, Founder
Paul is a Human Relations educator and consultant. He has over 50 years of experience developing and delivering educational training programs to corporations, institutions, and governmental organizations both nationally and internationally. During his 21-year career in the United States Air Force, Paul developed and led the military’s race relations educational program for 12,000 military and civilian employees, while assigned to Kadena AFB, in Okinawa Japan, during the 1970’s. During his career in the military service, Paul was twice awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for outstanding performance and leadership.
Upon retiring in 1978 from military service, Paul continued his human relations career through working with a variety of diversity and inclusion consulting firms and his own firm, Collaborative Strategies, Inc. until his second retirement in 2009.
Paul was also a community outreach coordinator for the Adolescent Violence Prevention Project in Boston MA working with community agencies and delivering violence prevention education across the communities of Boston. He opened the first in the nation office of Adolescent Violence Prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In 1989 Paul co-founded and was the first president of Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts.
Sandy Francis, Board
Sandy is a retired firefighter officer with 30+ years of service. He also is an entrepreneur having created several for-profit businesses during his professional career. At various times during his career, he held positions as a substitute teacher, constable, real estate broker, justice of the peace, and notary. Educationally Sandy earned a B.S. and M.Ed. in business management.
Sandy’s community work is vast and demonstrates his commitment to social justice. From an early age Sandy’s volunteer efforts included youth athletic and after school development programs. In his adult years Sandy has been involved in founding and working actively in his community in the administration and as board member to develop organizations such as Cambridge Community Center, W.E.B. DuBois Academy, Cambridge Men’s Health League, AARP, and many others. He is a co-founder of Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts and an active member. Currently Sandy volunteers as a workshop presenter for AARP.
Bill Friedman, Board
Bill has over thirty years of consulting and training experience in a wide variety of organizations including legal, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, biotech, non profit, finance, and higher education. He has worked with individuals at all levels, including executives, managers, supervisors, and line personnel.
Bill has developed and delivered an array of education programs on such topics as Building High Performing Teams, Diversity in the Workplace, Inclusion, Leadership, and Communication.
Bill has a M.S. in Organization Development/Human Resource Development from American University/NTL and a B.A. in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University.
Peter H. Raymond
Peter has advanced degrees in counseling and consulting psychology, worked eleven years with students at Wellesley College as a resident director on personal and community issues. As an English teacher at Noble and Greenough School, he advised the Gay-Straight Alliance for twelve years. He has taught undergraduate and graduate organizational behavior courses as an adjunct professor at Babson College, coached rowing at all levels in the 1970s, and is now a writer of fiction and non-fiction, including an unpublished monograph on blind action as a barrier to collaboration in work and personal relationships, and another unpublished monograph, a close reading of The Merchant of Venice.
Randee is a graphic designer and artist with over 25 years of experience in technology and consulting. He has worked both nationally and internationally on design, marketing and software projects for Fortune 500 companies and government organizations. He received his B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park. Randee is committed to social justice and racial equity.
Joanne has devoted most of her career to helping organizations and individuals succeed by operating more effectively across differences of all types. She has provided a full range of consulting services, including advising on organization assessment, strategy and implementation; executive coaching; and the design and facilitation of learning systems.
She has consulted nationally and internationally to organizations in the healthcare, consumer products, technology, engineering, financial services, pharmaceutical, transportation, communications, publishing, food and manufacturing industries, as well as to government, higher education and nonprofit organizations.
Joanne was Senior Vice President of Center Focus International, Inc., an organization change and global diversity and inclusion consulting company. She was a founding Managing Director of C5 Global Strategic Services, a consulting company that contributed to the global success of Chinese enterprises through culturally appropriate business and communications strategies.
Prior to that she served as Board Bank Manager at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, where she assisted boards of directors to diversify; as a Director of Management Development at Fidelity Investments; and as a Manager of Professional Development at Bank of Boston.
Joanne holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an Ed.M. from Boston University.
She is an ardent appreciator of both human diversity and the diversity of life found in the rest of the natural world.