COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION &
PACIFIC EDUCATIONAL GROUP

Pacific Educational Group is a consulting firm committed to forging racial equity. Over its 25-year history, its mission has expanded from its original focus on transforming PreK-12 education and the United States. A broader scope of work now addresses race in higher education, corporations, non-profits, and law enforcement in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, as well.

We believe systemic racism is the most devastating factor contributing to the diminished capacity of all people, and especially people of color and indigenous people, to achieve at the highest levels. It fractures our communities and erodes the support and nourishment we would otherwise receive from them. We cannot hope to eliminate the racially predictable outcomes of our lives unless we first discuss race and racism in a way that is earnest, honest, and sustainable.

To that end, we have developed Courageous Conversation™, a process to understand and discuss race explicitly. Hundreds of thousands of people have learned The Courageous Conversation About Race Protocol ™ from Pacific Educational Group’s diverse and dynamic staff. These representatives of various professions, regions, and life experiences work together to design curriculum, facilitate seminars, and coach leaders to use Courageous Conversation ™ in their personal and professional lives.

EXECUTIVE
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Glenn E. Singleton
President & Founder

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., Communications
  • Stanford University, M.A., Education: Administration & Policy Analysis
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Chris Lim
Chief of Staff

Education

  • San Francisco State University – BA in Social Science & Ethnic Studies
  • San Francisco State University – Standard Elementary Credential
  • San Francisco State University – MA in Educational Leadership
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Luis Versalles
Director of Pre K-12 District Partnerships

Education

  • University of Minnesota, B.A., Spanish with a Minor in Latin American Studies
  • University of Minnesota, M.A., Second Languages and Cultures
  • University of Minnesota, Certificate in PK-12 Educational Administration
  • Superintendent Licensure, Minnesota State University, Mankato
PROGRAMMING
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Courtlandt Butts
Equity Program Manager of Government/NGO Partnerships

Education

  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, B.S. Elementary Education
  • University of Northern Iowa, M.A. Educational Technology and Media
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Tonicia Abdur Salaam
Equity Transformation Specialist

Education

  • University of Saint Mary’s – BS in Human Resource Management
  • MGST – BA in Administration, Human Development
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Jeff Blaskower
Director of Information Technology

Education

  • San Jose State University, B.A., Psychology
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David Davidson
Special Projects Coordinator

Education

  • B.A., Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • M.Ed, Educational Leadership, West Georgia College, Carrollton, Georgia
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Tony Hudson
Equity Transformation Specialist

Education

  • B.A., Sociology, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN.
  • M.Ed., Educational Leadership, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
  • Certificate in PK-12 Educational Administration, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
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Deborah McKnight
Special Education Equity Transformation Program Specialist

Education

  • University of Charleston, West Virginia, Elementary Education K-5 and Special Education K-12, B.A.
  • Buffalo State College, State University of New York, Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders, MS. Ed.
  • California State University, Sacramento, Educational Administration and Policy Studies, Urban Administration, Credential
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Shaundra Williams
Equity Program Manager of Affiliates

Education

  • University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A. Black Studies
  • Mississippi State University, M.S. Counselor Education, Student Development
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Lori Watson
Equity Transformation Specialist

Education

  • Tougaloo College, B.A. Health & Physical Education
  • Jackson State University, M.S.Ed. Health, Physical Education & Recreation
  • University of Georgia, Administrative Credential
  • California State University East Bay, Ed.D. Educational Leadership for Social Justice
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Leidene King
Equity Transformation Specialist

Education

  • Duke University, Durham, NC – B.S., Geology
  • St. Peter’s College, Jersey City, NJ – M.A., Educational Leadership
  • Barbara Brennan School of Healing, Boca Raton, FL – BBHS Practitioner
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Marcus Moore
Equity Transformation Specialist

Education

  • Emory University, B.A. African American Studies
  • The University of St. Andrews, Bobby Jones Scholar
  • Temple University, Future Faculty Fellow
  • UC Berkeley, Chancelor’s Fellow
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Will Walker
Director of Higher Education Partnerships

Education

  • B.A., Bethany College, Liberal Arts
  • MDV, Princeton Theological Seminar
  • PhD, Princeton University, Religion, Ethics and Politics
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Kevin Cartwright
Equity Project Manager

Education

  • University of Maryland University College, Journalism/Communications
  • Department of Homeland Security, Office of Domestic Preparedness, Risk & Crisis Communications
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency, Strategic Communications & Joint Information Systems
ADMINISTRATIVE
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Nikol Brandon
Finance & Operations Specialist

Education

  • New Horizons Computer Learning Center, Certified HTML/Administering Windows NT
  • Laney College, Oakland, CA, Business Administration
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Rie Gilsdorf
Executive Assistant for District Partnerships

Education

  • Occidental College, A.B., Biology
  • Washington State University, M.S., Zoology
  • University of Utah, M.A., Modern Dance
  • Heritage College, Washington Program Administration Certificate
  • University of Minnesota, Certificate in K-12 Educational Administration
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