OUR TEAM

The team at Diamond Strategies has over 100 years of combined, award-winning experience in inspiring, achieving, and celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are skilled, passionate, accessible, and committed to building and maintaining healthy and vibrant environments. Our clients and community are our extended family, in all of their unique glory, and we treat them as such. This unlocks latent potential, enhances learning and performance, and increases productivity, whether it be in the classroom, boardroom or community.

It has been said, “the best teams are made up of ‘nobodies,’ who love everybody, serve anybody, and don’t care about becoming a ‘somebody.’” At Diamond Strategies, our objectives are clear, our roles are defined and balanced, our communication is open and authentic, and our number one priority is you. Our clients need hard work, not hubris, because as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, “the heights” by great people “reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”

More About Dr. Whitaker

Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D. – Founder & CEO

Matthew is an award-winning educator, author, motivational speaker, diversity and inclusion consultant, and Founder, Principle Partner, and CEO of Diamond Strategies, L.L.C. Matthew also founded the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, winner of the 2014 Arizona Diversity Leadership Alliance Inclusive Workplace Award, at Arizona State University (ASU), where he also worked as professor of history and Justice Studies for 15 years. He specializes in U.S. history, African American history and life, race relations, social movements, cultural competency, equity and inclusion. He has also authored a number of award- winning articles and penned over 40 opinion pieces.  Matthew has won over 30 awards for his research, teaching, and service, and has consulted, spoken, and lectured in Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, Ghana, and Ireland. Matthew has been featured on CNN, NPR, PBS, WVON, KEMET, and was given ASU’s 2015 Pioneer Award for working to improve African-American life, community and culture.

Rory Gilbert, M.Ed., SPHR
Rory Gilbert, M.Ed., SPHRSenior Vice President
Mary C. Radcliffe, Ed.D.
Mary C. Radcliffe, Ed.D.Senior Vice President
Lasana O. Hotep, M.A.
Lasana O. Hotep, M.A.Senior Vice President
Lovelle McMichael, M.Div., M.Ed.
Lovelle McMichael, M.Div., M.Ed.Senior Vice President
Cassondra L. Whitaker
Cassondra L. WhitakerSenior Project Manager
Covey L. Whitaker, MA
Covey L. Whitaker, MASenior Project Manager
John L. Jones, Jr.
John L. Jones, Jr.Senior Advisor and Social Catalyst
Travis W. Cronin, MSW, LCSW
Travis W. Cronin, MSW, LCSWSenior Advisor and Social Catalyst
Shemmyla Green, M.L.S.
Shemmyla Green, M.L.S.Senior Advisor and Trainer
Jacque Starks
Jacque StarksSenior Advisor and Trainer
Rowdy Duncan
Rowdy DuncanSenior Advisor & Trainer
Joel P. Martin, Ph.D.
Joel P. Martin, Ph.D.Senior Advisor & Trainer
Michelle Dew
Michelle DewSenior Advisor & Trainer
Janel White-Taylor, Ph.D.
Janel White-Taylor, Ph.D.Senior Advisor & Trainer