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. is Founder and CEO of the Diamond Strategies, LLC (DSC), Editor-in-Chief of MCUVO!CE – MyClickUrban, and a Co-Founder and Executive Team member of Just Communities Arizona.  He is decorated educator, historian, author, social justice advocate, motivational speaker, and founder the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, winner of the 2014 Arizona Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA) Inclusive Workplace Award, at Arizona State University, where was a professor of history for 16 years.  He was given DLA’s 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Leader Award, and received ASU’s 2015 Pioneer Award for working to improve African-American life and culture.  His expertise lies in U.S. history, African American history, race relations, social movements, cultural competency, equity and inclusion, teaching excellence, and community partnerships.  He has edited three books, including Hurricane Katrina: America’s Unnatural Disaster, and is the author of Race Work: The Rise of Civil Rights in the Urban West.  His forthcoming memoir is The Undisputed Truth: A Revolutionary Journey to Black Manhood.  He has spoken throughout the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, Ghana, and Ireland.  He has been featured on CNN, NPR, PBS, WVON, KEMET,  and can be followed on Twitter at @Dr_Whitaker and DSC can be followed on Twitter at @dstategiesllc.

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
Cassondra L. Whitaker
Cassondra L. WhitakerSenior Project Manager
Covey L. Whitaker, MA
Covey L. Whitaker, MASenior Project Manager
Rowdy Duncan
Rowdy DuncanSenior Advisor & Trainer
John L. Jones, Jr.
John L. Jones, Jr.Senior Advisor and Social Catalyst
Janel White-Taylor, Ph.D.
Janel White-Taylor, Ph.D.Senior Advisor & Trainer
Jacque Starks
Jacque StarksSenior Advisor and Trainer
Michelle Dew
Michelle DewSenior Advisor & Trainer
Joel P. Martin, Ph.D.
Joel P. Martin, Ph.D.Senior Advisor & Trainer