Consulting, Coaching & Facilitation
On a select basis, I offer consulting and facilitation services to government, nonprofits, foundations and businesses, as I only work with clients who also seek to contribute to more just, inclusive, resilient and sustainable world. When I work as a subcontractor with larger consulting firms, they too are aligned with these principles. If you are a certified B-Corporation, I would be very interested in working with you (I am in the process of receiving my own certification).
My decades of consulting experience includes work as a Senior Associate and later Director of Research & Education for Justice & Sustainability Associates (JSA), a DC-based consulting firm focused on the design and facilitation of equitable processes for multi-stakeholder engagement and governance. Previously, I owned a consulting business called Bordercross Communications (later renamed People Place Connect).
Based on the success of my work as a consultant and facilitator specializing in public engagement, an interview with me is featured in Becoming an Urban Planner: A Guide to Careers in Urban Planning (Wiley & Sons).
Consulting Areas of Focus
- Heritage/Historic/Commercial and/or Main Street Corridor Planning & Development
- Inclusive & Regenerative Tourism Initiatives: Assistance with developing and launching a new initiative.
- Tour Development: For locally based tour guides and tour operators.
Facilitation & Event Planning
I have facilitated and contributed to the design of numerous conferences, workshops and meetings, from hybrid virtual meetings with six in-person satellite locations to board retreats. My experience includes, for example:
- designing and developing the Imagine Miami Changemaker Conferences (and forming an all-volunteer Community Advisory Board as part of the process);
- directing community cultural festivals (Adams Morgan Day in Washington, DC and Viernes Culturales in Miami, FL);
- facilitating workshops at conferences (e.g., on regenerative economics, community GIS, community dialogue methods, creative placemaking, arts and civic engagement);
- facilitating community dialogue processes (using the World Cafe methodology);
- facilitating multi-stakeholder meetings, charrettes, and table conversations related to land use and planning;
- co-producing the first national summit on online content development by, for and about Afro-descendants, held at Howard University in 1997.
When I worked with JSA, across multiple practice areas (Planning & Development, Sustainability & Infrastructure, History & Reconciliation), the clients I worked most closely with included the EDA’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge (as subject matter expert on equity and inclusive governance), the City of West Palm Beach Racial & Ethnic Equality Task Force, and the Episcopal Church (for their Inventory of Racial Justice & Reconciliation Initatives).
Other previous clients include:
- Black Hospitality Initiative, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
- DC Office of Planning
- District Department of Transportation
- Broward County Cultural Division
- Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
- Gateway Community Development Corporation
- CTCNet (Community Technology Centers’ Network)
- Global Woman (the Forum for Intercultural Communication)
- Technology Works for Good
- Morino Institute
- IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance & Music
- 2M Center/East of the River Technology Collaborative
Corinna, I want to say that you are really an incredible consultant. I love working on projects with you and the way you add your own creativity and intelligence to every little task. Thank you for all your work for CTCNet and the many communities you touch. You’ve done such great work on this project.
Corinna, Thank you very much for working with us on the overall process [for engaging the Latino community]. Obviously, you know that some things are essential in events with the Latino Community. Mil Gracias.
Corinna did a fantastic job. Was thorough, quick, personable, on time and on budget, brought lots of expertise and creativity to the task and presented it all very professionally. She was a pleasure to work with and I would recommend her without reservation.
Corinna is an efficient, outgoing and creative individual whose passion for culture and community advancement is an asset for any organization.
Group synthesis activities are very challenging. You just cannot pop up a PowerPoint and hope your message gets across. You need someone who can communicate to the group and to each individual, in multiple modalities. Corinna has a deep,intuitive sense about different learning styles, interpersonal reactions to group activities, and creating space for individual co-learning and expression. She sees the forest, and each tree at the same time. She can communicate complex material in a form that everyone understands: via word, image, sound, motion, and silence. I would never venture into a group synthesis activity without her wisdom.
Your workshop was one of our best programs ever as our evaluations came in with rave reviews. You received a 4.7 out of 5.0!