About Us

35 Years of Experience

The Equity Consulting Group, Inc. Approach has been developed over thirty-five years of consulting, training, and coaching individuals and organizations through change. Formerly known as The Equity Institute, one of the oldest firms in the field, it established the business case for inclusion long before “diversity” was common language. Clients total 250,000 individuals from more than 2000 organizations, including Fortune 100 corporations, philanthropic, religious, and educational non-profit organizations, and other public and private sector business and industry groups.


Dinah Becton-Consuegra

Consultant

Dinah Becton-Consuegra (she/her/hers) is currently the Chief of Staff & Learning at the Kapor Center.  Dinah brings 24 years of successful experience in various leadership capacities for districts, schools, non-profits, and philanthropy. She has worked with districts, schools, and organizations all over the world. She is a seasoned facilitator and coach and her particular areas of focus are: leadership coaching, organizational development, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. She graduated with honors in English & Comparative Literary Studies from Occidental College. She holds master’s degrees from Claremont Graduate University in Secondary Teacher Education and Principal Leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles. Outside of her passion for leaving behind a legacy of liberation, Dinah delights in urban farming at her home in East Oakland, California. Her favorite title has been mami to two boys, Ayo (2) and Yaxche (4).


Carole Johnson, J.D.

Co-Founder

Carole has thirty years experience as a prominent executive coach and facilitator. With demonstrated accomplishments in litigation prevention and leadership development, Dr. Johnson has developed cutting-edge, practical tools and programs for corporate and non-profit executive leadership teams. She is well-known for transforming “teams in trouble” into collaborative, self-directed, successful entities. She is a seasoned executive coach with senior non-profit leaders and global executives worldwide.

Carole was Executive Producer of Sticks, Stones and Stereotypes/Palos, Piedras, Y Estereotipos, an internationally acclaimed, award-winning film-curriculum for young people on issues of racism and homophobia. Sticks and Stones has been used in more than 5,000 schools throughout the United States, Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.  Dr. Johnson is a non-practicing lawyer and former project director in the United States Federal Desegregation Centers Program. She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Western New England College School of Law.


Felicia Lee, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant

Felicia is a Senior Consultant with The Equity Consulting Group, Inc. and the Founder/Principal of Campana Leadership Group, Inc. With more than 24 years of demonstrated success in facilitating learning pathways for individuals and groups she consults extensively with corporations, universities, and non-profit agencies specializing in executive coaching, leadership development, strategic planning, and team building. She is a certified executive coach and an adjunct faculty member with New Ventures West, a recognized ICF (International Coach Federation) coaching school and certified in the Enneagram and other leadership tools.


Mercedes Martin

Senior Consultant

Mercedes has over two decades of experience in Strategic Business Consulting, Inclusion Coaching, Global Diversity, and Leadership Development. She brings a radically different approach to her work, shedding new light on the topics of business transformation, disruption, and innovation for leadership in today’s business environment. Mercedes is a pioneer in global leadership and diversity who has successfully developed high performing teams with measurable impact. She has worked with Fortune 50 companies including PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Shell Oil, and Kellogg’s. Her work has taken her to South America, Europe, and Africa. She has developed and designed learning labs that have catapulted participants to taking purposeful action.  Mercedes challenges the learning and development status quo to help organizations transform social pains into sustainable gains. In addition to multiple leadership and coaching certifications, Mercedes holds a Masters degree in leadership development from the University of San Francisco.


Matthew K. Olsen

Consultant

Matt has spent his diverse human resources career in business facing roles across various industries and global commercial and technical organizations. His experience spans the manufacturing environment in Consumer Goods, Agriculture, and Biotech, as well as the corporate environment in the Services, Consumer Goods, and Software/Tech sectors. Working with senior management, Matt’s expertise in the merging of organizational and talent strategies, while unlocking leaders and teams to do their best work, has led to successful transitions in a wide variety of situations. This includes a focus on change management, organizational strategy development and deployment, team effectiveness, and inclusive talent management practices. He is also an experienced trainer and facilitator, and coach to leadership at all levels. Matt holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Purdue University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Brigham Young University.


Jonathan Poullard

President

Over the past 25 years Jonathan has specialized in organization and team development, multicultural education and leadership training. A dynamic national presenter and trainer, he delivers cutting-edge empowerment programs through an appreciative inquiry lens for senior level corporate leaders and staff, higher education institutions and non-profit organizations. Having served in several senior administrative positions, Jonathan brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the challenges faced by senior leaders in their work as visionaries, managers, and change agents.


Domonic A. Rollins

Consultant

Dr. Domonic Rollins has more than 15 years effectively leading and managing teams and organizations in pursuit of more equitable engagement, operations, and outcomes. Having served as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at The Dalton School and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Domonic understands how to design and cultivate an organizational culture that is actually inclusive. He has served as a consultant and coach to organizations in business, education, and non-profit sectors.

A hallmark of Domonic’s professional work is translating big ideas regarding diversity and inclusion, into practical solutions and considerations for organizations and interpersonal relationships.

Passion areas for Domonic include diversity, social justice, organizational dynamics, and supervision. His research focuses on issues of professional socialization, structural barriers to inclusive environments, and pathways to senior leadership for minoritized employees. Domonic earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy from the University of Maryland-College Park.


Joan Steinau Lester, Ed.D.

Co-Founder

A co-founder of The Equity Consulting Group, Inc., Dr. Lester has managed scores of organizational change initiatives over the last thirty years. She has been a frequent business commentator on National Public Radio for “All Things Considered” and “Marketplace” and is regularly sought as an expert on diversity issues in business by national media. The author of The Future of White Men and Other Diversity Dilemmas (Conari Press) and Taking Charge: Every Woman’s Action Guide to Personal, Political and Professional Success. (Conari Press), she recently published the acclaimed novel Mama’s Child, with a foreword by Alice Walker (Simon & Schuster).  She has also  published Black, White Other, (HarperCollins) and Fire in My Soul, A Biography of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (Simon and Schuster). Dr. Lester holds a doctoral degree in Multicultural Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Natasha Thompson

Consultant

 Natasha is a mindful leader and certified coach who lives courageously from the heart with compassion and commitment. She is a joy instigator who aspires daily to live with more intuition, empowerment, purpose and grace. Natasha currently works as Director of District and School Leadership with PBWorks, a nonprofit organization that supports school districts in using project-based learning as a lever for educational and racial equity. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Mindfulness Coaching School where she empowers coaches to engage in the inner work of supportive mindfulness practices required for courageous coaching. Natasha holds a bachelor’s degree in English Education from NC Agricultural & Technical State University and a master’s degree in School Administration from UNC-Charlotte. 


Jamie Washington, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant

Dr. Washington is an internationally recognized trainer and presenter on leadership, organizational change, and diversity issues. He has extensive experience in both public and private sector leadership development, particularly on issues of racism, sexism, homophobia and religious conflicts. His most recent work has been a series of seminars and keynote presentations in South Africa. He is former Vice President for Student Affairs and Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He holds a Ph.D from the University of Maryland in Multicultural Education and a Masters degree from Howard University Graduate School of Divinity.


Lisa D. Walker

Senior Consultant

Equity Consultant, Lisa Walker has over 20 years experience engaging groups in effective dialogue and training. As a Director in Equity & Inclusion at UC Berkeley, she collaborated with campus partners to address climate issues for a diverse student population. She has served as consultant to educational, non-profit and public policy organizations. Her expertise includes cultural fluency, implicit bias, equity, diversity & inclusion, team building and conflict and communication models. “Walker” as she prefers, is influenced by the philosophy of Engaged Pedagogy and by workplace applications for mindfulness practice. Her facilitation style is grounded in praxis, highly interactive, and inquiry based.