Our Team

Our team of award-winning, interdisciplinary experts all share the same goal — helping our clients build stronger, more inclusive organizations.

Aglae Shaw
Director of Business Operations
Aglae Shaw
Director of Business Operations
Pronouns: She/her

Aglae leads business operations at Paradigm; her team ensures exceptional client service through Paradigm’s sales, contracting, and implementation processes. She is obsessed with data-driven decision-making and enablement, and focused on maximizing data integrity through Paradigm’s systems and processes. 

Aglae’s life experience has sharpened her focus on the ways effective organizations can interrupt dynamics of exclusion and bias. She channels that focus into enabling social change organizations to do what they do best, in efficient, effective, and streamlined ways. Aglae brings a diverse set of experiences in supporting, building, and leading business operations across an array of sectors, including the nation’s largest public school system, service oriented non-profits, and Bay Area tech startups. Aglae holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Sonoma State University and a master’s degree in public administration from San Francisco State University.

Aimy Ngo
Head of Strategy & Operations
Aimy Ngo
Head of Strategy & Operations
Pronouns: She/her

Aimy has overseen Paradigm’s growth from its earliest stages to today. In that time, she has helped expand our footprint with clients and evolve our internal systems and processes to ensure we’re delivering impactful work in a sustainable way. As Head of Strategy & Operations, Aimy leads Paradigm’s finance, legal, people, and operations teams. She ensures company-wide alignment to Paradigm’s strategic goals, manages investment decisions, and is accountable for the success of developing and improving our internal operations.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Aimy specialized in growth and business development at startups, from early-stage education to high-growth tech. She developed her operational expertise as a strategy consultant at Accenture, working with Global 500 and FTSE 100 companies in the UK and delivering C-suite workshops as part of the Accenture London Innovation Centre’s founding team. Aimy holds a master’s degree in Political Philosophy from King’s College London.

Alexander Loukellis
Lead Account Executive
Alexander Loukellis
Lead Account Executive
Pronouns: He/him

As Lead Account Executive, Alex combines his two passions in the working world: sales and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Alex has focused on equity in the workplace since 2014, and has been a part of several employee resource groups and inclusion committees. 

Prior to joining Paradigm, Alex worked as a senior account executive at an HR tech company focused on improving the employee experience. Alex also created and co-led their LGBTQ+ focused employee resource group. Overall, he loves to use data to create more accessible workplaces for underrepresented communities, and encourages companies to do the same. 

Alex holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, where he studied finance. When he’s not working you can find him knitting on the couch or playing with his dog Alphie! 

Alexandra Tiant
Director
Alexandra Tiant
Director
Pronouns: She/her

Alexandra brings years of risk management consulting and diversity and inclusion leadership experience to Paradigm. She is passionate about evolving organizational cultures, developing leaders, and empowering professionals to prioritize their well-being.  At Paradigm Alexandra is a part of the Training & People Development team, helping clients plan, manage, and execute diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and designing and facilitating workshops for individual contributors, managers, and executives.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Alexandra spent nine years at a global consulting firm where she partnered with Fortune 500 clients across various industries. She also organized leadership development programs and designed effective strategies and tools for advancing diversity and inclusion goals. Alexandra holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Lerner College of Business and Economics.

Allison Sakounthong
Content Marketing Manager
Allison Sakounthong
Content Marketing Manager
Pronouns: She/her

As Paradigm’s Content Marketing Manager, Allison utilizes her research and writing expertise, experience in working cross-collaboratively amongst teams, and drive to create compelling content around diversity, equity, and inclusion topics to develop a multi-faceted content strategy.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Allison has been a Content and Marketing Manager for SaaS companies: a startup focused on providing consumers and phone carriers with a caller ID and call protection solution from spam and fraud calls, and a company that provides world-class giving and engagement solutions to help organizations grow their communities. She’s developed both B2C and B2B content assets, managed editorial calendars for company websites, blogs, and social media channels, and tracked overall content marketing analytics to help maintain the optimization of the company brand across all channels.

Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Washington.

Ally Ruiz Balcerzak
Content Manager
Ally Ruiz Balcerzak
Content Manager
Pronouns: She/her

Ally is a content strategist turned project manager who has overseen the technical roll-out and communications for numerous products across multi-site organizations. Prior to joining Paradigm, she worked with companies from a range of industries to implement single sign-on (SSO) software, real-time digital signage, HIPAA-compliant cybersecurity upgrades, and various web-based applications. Ally also has developed communications for union, non-union, and blended workforces, as well as led marketing initiatives ranging from brand campaigns to event promotion to SEO to social media management.

Ally holds a Master’s degree in multimedia journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.

Analia Stratton
Senior Consultant
Analia Stratton
Senior Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Analia brings years of experience in curriculum design, facilitation, and growing innovative programs to her work with Paradigm clients. As a former educator, professor, and leader in New York City special-education spaces, Analia is passionate about incorporating intersectionality into disability-inclusion efforts. Drawing on her work in education reform, Analia cultivates diversity and inclusion through education about disability bias and advocating to remove environmental and social barriers for people with disabilities.

 Prior to joining Paradigm, Analia was an Assistant Professor of Practice at Relay Graduate School of Education, where her teaching focused on bridging research, practical application, and sociocultural contexts. A Teach for America alum and a co-founder of KIPP Infinity Elementary School in Harlem, Analia remains committed to innovating education and volunteers as a Board Member for Irene Morgan Schools. Analia holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Special Education from CUNY Lehman College.

 

Angela Razzano
Consultant
Angela Razzano
Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Angela joined Paradigm with a passion for shaping inclusive and collaborative communities, creating impactful live experiences, and supporting leaders as they build the cultures that will execute their vision. She has experience in training and facilitation, co-creating diversity and inclusion strategies, and the implementation of global company-wide training initiatives and leadership development programs.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Angela worked with YSC Consulting, a Leadership Strategy firm where she helped to build and operationalize their Diversity & Inclusion practice. Her enthusiasm for driving change was cultivated while producing large scale social impact events (including Tina Brown’s annual Women in the World Summit) and theater productions in the artistic activism space, using storytelling to amplify underrepresented voices while partnering with human rights organizations to promote social change. Angela graduated from Rutgers University.

Ariel Sincoff-Yedid, PhD
Learning & Development Specialist
Ariel Sincoff-Yedid, PhD
Learning & Development Specialist
Pronouns: She/her

Ariel draws from more than a decade of experience in education, training, and curricular development around diversity and social equity to facilitate growth and transformation for clients. Ariel’s diverse professional background in NGOs, startups, political advocacy, and academia provides a global orientation for her work. Her professional experience spans the lifecycle of educational program development, including conducting initial assessments; developing curricula, courses, and trainings; providing instruction; and evaluating programmatic effectiveness.

Ariel holds a doctorate in Gender Studies from Indiana University, a graduate certificate in Middle East Studies from the George Washington University, and a bachelor’s in Political Science from Union College. Her research focuses on constructions of identity at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and religion. She draws on this research and experience teaching a broad array of topics related to identity, diversity, and social equity in her role at Paradigm.
Aya Yagi
Senior Consultant
Aya Yagi
Senior Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Aya is passionate about partnering with companies to build more inclusive, equitable organizational cultures so that all employees are up for success and can thrive. At Paradigm, she has worked with clients across industries from small tech companies to large professional services firms, designing strategic plans for improving DEI efforts across the employee lifecycle.

As a qualitative researcher and mixed methods enthusiast, she loves to surface stories and themes by leveraging all kinds of data to investigate the key challenges and areas of opportunity for her clients — from individual interviews to survey and quantitative employee data, she is committed to unearthing relevant context and pinpointing the right strategy.

Prior to Paradigm, she honed her research skills at Research for Action, an education nonprofit that focuses on education reform initiatives for traditionally underserved students. Aya holds a master’s degree in Education, Culture and Society from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, and a bachelor’s degree in French and Music from Stanford University.

 

Carissa Romero, PhD
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Carissa Romero, PhD
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Pronouns: She/her

As one of Paradigm’s Co-Founders, Carissa developed Paradigm’s philosophy around evidence-based diversity, equity, and inclusion work. She has led Paradigm’s work with high-growth startups, leading media agencies, top law firms, and Fortune 500 companies — she has partnered with organizations including American Express, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Gap, Etsy, Lyft, The New York Times, and Zillow Group. Carissa currently focuses on helping organizations identify how to structure and prioritize DEI efforts based on where they are in their DEI journeys, and working with executive teams and People/HR leaders to drive change. 

Before coming to Paradigm, Carissa co-founded PERTS, a research center at Stanford University focused on the practical application of social psychology themes like belonging and growth mindset. Carissa was named to Forbes 30 under 30 list for her innovative work at PERTS, where she currently serves as chair of the board.

Carissa’s work has been featured in dozens of media outlets, including The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and The Wall Street Journal, and she has published her academic research in publications like Nature, Psychological Science, and Emotion. She has spoken at various conferences, including AtlanticLIVE, TechCrunch Disrupt, and SXSW. Carissa holds a doctorate in Psychology from Stanford University.

Colleen Cox
Consultant
Colleen Cox
Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Colleen is a passionate advocate for inclusion, committed to evidence-based policymaking across sectors. As a member of the Organizational Strategy & Transformation team, she partners with clients to design and implement high-impact programs that increase diversity and foster inclusion. 

Before Paradigm, Colleen worked as a diversity and inclusion consultant at Mercer, a global human resources consulting firm. While there, she led research on women in the workplace, facilitated leadership workshops, and collaborated with organizations across industries, using data and storytelling to underpin culture change strategies.  

Colleen holds a bachelor’s in international development from McGill University in Montreal, where she survived the cold by joining the school’s triathlon club. She has a master’s in public policy from Duke University, where she competed on the club triathlon team and worked as a research assistant for Policy Bridge, an initiative that aligns academics and policymakers. Colleen also served two years in rural Paraguay as a community economic development specialist in the U.S. Peace Corps.

Dani Fishman-Maynard
Consultant
Dani Fishman-Maynard
Consultant
Pronouns: She/her They/them

Dani is passionate about supporting clients in thinking about how identity and power impact individuals and teams, and how organizations can thrive by tapping into their people. 

Prior to joining Paradigm, Dani worked as a mental health counselor in the California Public School System and as a prisoner re-entry counselor at San Quentin State Prison, delivering public health programming designed to support marginalized communities in gaining access to information, resources, education, and power. 

Dani also worked in leadership development as a coach, facilitator, program designer, adjunct professor, and consultant delivering content to hundreds of executives at non-profits, school districts, foundations, and private companies. She holds expertise in critical race theory, liberation frameworks, change management, and restorative practices. Dani is adept at creating and holding vulnerable group learning spaces that promote meaningful personal and professional transformations.

Dani holds a bachelor’s in Sociology with an emphasis on Social Change from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco, where her research focused on the impacts of poverty on educational opportunity and achievement for children in the U.S.

Diego de los Rios, PhD
Consultant
Diego de los Rios, PhD
Consultant
Pronouns: He/him

As a consultant on the Training and People Development team, Diego uses his experience in and passion for social science to help clients become more inclusive, stronger organizations. Prior to joining Paradigm, Diego worked as the Assistant Director of Research, Professional Development, and Academic Affairs at the American Sociological Association. In this role, he advocated for the needs of different constituencies in the discipline and organized and facilitated professional development events for members. He has also taught sociology courses at Northwestern University, Georgetown University, and American University.

Diego is a cultural sociologist and holds a doctorate from Northwestern University, where he conducted research on a variety of topics related to Latinx immigration to the US and Spain. He also earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology, psychology, and religious studies from McDaniel College.

Elisa Dun
Consultant
Elisa Dun
Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Elisa is passionate about making workplaces more diverse and inclusive. As part of Paradigm’s Training & People Development team, Elisa uses her experience as a former Labor and Employment attorney who spearheaded numerous diversity initiatives to help Paradigm’s clients create more inclusive workplaces. She knows that one size does not fit all when it comes to organizational strategies, and takes the time to understand her clients and ensure that the solutions she proposes fit her their unique needs and priorities. 

In addition to practicing law prior to joining Paradigm, Elisa led several high-profile initiatives to make the legal field more diverse. Working with the non-profit, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) – Law Department, Elisa co-launched a national program that provides underrepresented students across the country with free assistance in their applications to law school. She has also volunteered with the New York City Bar Association’s Diversity Pipeline Initiative, where she organized several citywide events to help create a pipeline for underrepresented students into the legal field. 

Elisa holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School. She has been certified by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) as an Associate Professional in Human Resources. 

 

Erin Mindell Cannon
Director
Erin Mindell Cannon
Director
Pronouns: She/her

Erin is a Director on the Training & People Development team. Prior to Paradigm, Erin spent more than 13 years at Google as a program and people manager, working on increasing equity and inclusion in computer science and developer education. She spent most of those years developing and leading internal trainings centered on allyship, diversity, and implicit bias.

Prior to her Google tenure, Erin worked at the non-profit Jewish National Fund on their education team.

Over the past several years, Erin has been involved in various CS education related initiatives including: helping the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Education Board Retention Committee get the College Board’s Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles get up and running; the College for Every Student’s CS initiative; and serving on the Advisory Board for a National Science Foundation (NSF) project on collaborative research in the CS education space. 

Erin was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, and has lived in California, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English, Women’s Studies, and Jewish Studies from Boston College and a master’s in Developmental Psychology with a focus on technology from Sarah Lawrence College.

Evelyn R. Carter, PhD
Managing Director
Evelyn R. Carter, PhD
Managing Director
Pronouns: She/her

Evelyn is a social psychologist who has conducted cutting-edge research on how to detect and discuss racial bias. As the leader of Paradigm’s Training & People Development practice, Evelyn translates academic research into understandable, actionable insights and programs for Paradigm’s clients and manages a team of expert consultants. She also advises organizations in a variety of industries, including entertainment, financial services, law, and technology and has worked with companies such as DocuSign, the NFL, Snap, and United Talent Agency.

Evelyn’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and in 2018, she was featured on the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences “20 Under 40” list. In addition to her peer-reviewed scholarship, Evelyn is a highly sought-after thought leader. Her work and insights have been published in popular press outlets such as The Atlantic, Bloomberg, CBS This Morning, CNBC, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and NPR. Evelyn holds a doctorate from Indiana University, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

Jasmine Huang, PhD
Data Scientist
Jasmine Huang, PhD
Data Scientist
Pronouns: She/her

As a Data Scientist at Paradigm, Jasmine integrates her analytical skills and background in organizational theory to identify patterns in data and provide evidence-based recommendations that further companies’ diversity and culture goals. Her passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace stems from her experiences as an engineer and as an analyst in the financial services industry. At Paradigm, Jasmine combines this motivation with her research expertise, leveraging data analytics to understand and improve organizations’ unique systems, processes, and outcomes.

Jasmine holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. While at Olin, her research examined blame and credit in the workplace as well as leadership, team dynamics, and gender differences. Prior to earning her PhD, Jasmine worked at JPMorgan Chase & Co. as a business analyst. Jasmine has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, where she served on the executive board of the university’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

Joel Alvarez
Client Services Associate
Joel Alvarez
Client Services Associate
Pronouns: He/him

As a member of the Business Operations team, Joel brings years of client and program management experience to Paradigm. He is hyper-focused on providing the smoothest onboarding experience for our clients, and he ensures exceptional client service through Paradigm’s sales, contracting, and implementation processes.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Joel honed his knack for developing trusting and valued client relationships at BDS Connected Solutions, LLC., where he partnered with Fortune 500 brands and global retailers to rollout marketing campaigns. Joel holds a bachelor’s degree from Chapman University, where he studied Business Administration.

Joelle Emerson
Co-Founder & CEO
Joelle Emerson
Co-Founder & CEO
Pronouns: She/her

Joelle partners with leaders of some of the world’s most innovative companies to consult and advise on diversity and inclusion strategies. She has written extensively about diversity, inclusion, and unconscious bias, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and on the cover of The Atlantic. She has been named to Recode’s list of the 100 most influential people in business, Marie Claire’s “New Guard” list of 50 women changing the world, and The New York Times’ Groundbreakers.

Before founding Paradigm, Joelle was a civil rights lawyer. Joelle’s legal background highlighted the consequences that can result from companies failing to consider diversity and inclusion early, and inspired her to found Paradigm. Joelle is a graduate of Stanford Law School.

Jonea Weekley
Consultant
Jonea Weekley
Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Jonea works to meet the needs of the future workforce through her passion for creating diverse, inclusive, and equitable workspaces. She believes that the best organizations are those that prioritize equity for every employee, as it allows authenticity and maximizes the spread of the ideas, perspectives, and fresh concepts needed to drive our communities forward. As part of Paradigm’s Organizational Strategy & Transformation team, Jonea works to break down DEI research into impact-focused initiatives for our clients. 

 Prior to Paradigm, Jonea worked as a consultant specializing in change management for large scale mergers, technology implementations, and general organizational change. Jonea is a Posse scholar and a graduate of Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. While on campus, she was heavily involved in extracurriculars that fostered her desire to create genuine relationships with those around her including the Admissions Student Diversity Board. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Professional Studies in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland. 

Julie Des Jardins, PhD
Senior Consultant
Julie Des Jardins, PhD
Senior Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Trained as a cultural historian, Julie brings her nuanced understanding of culture and intersectionality to efforts to bolster diversity, belonging, inclusion, and engagement for Paradigm’s Training & People Development clients.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Julie was a DEI consultant and professor of American history. She served as an academic mentor to diverse student bodies at Harvard and the City University of New York, and also taught the History of American Feminism, the History of Black Women, and Diversity in the American Experience. 

 Julie is also an author and public speaker, and has spoken on NPR, C-SPAN Book TV, and to scientists around the country on gender in STEM fields and written extensively on gender in academia, politics, athletics, science, and leadership. Her books include Women and the Historical Enterprise: Gender, Race, and the Politics of Memory; The Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science; Lillian Gilbreth: Redefining Domesticity; Walter Camp: Football and the Modern Man; and American Queenmaker: How Missy Meloney Brought Women into Politics. Currently she is editing a volume on women’s leadership in politics for the Women’s Leadership Institute at Rutgers University, as well as writing on the superpowers of Gen X women. She is the ever-evolving mother of two teenagers and a pug named Boston. Julie holds a doctorate from Brown University.

Kae D’Apice
Senior Consultant
Kae D’Apice
Senior Consultant
Pronouns: They/them

As part of the Training & People Development team, Kae illuminates the role of individuals in changemaking and reinvigorates people’s confidence in what is possible. They are passionate about deconstructing binary thinking to examine its impact on our actions. Their approach is rooted in community building and uniting and motivating people toward the growth mindset needed to do intentional and transformative inclusion and equity work.

Kae brings years of experience as a facilitator and diversity, equity, and inclusion program manager, designing accessible training programs, and leading workshops and conversations on topics like allyship, unconscious bias, pronouns, gender identity, and racial equity. They have partnered closely with executives, project stakeholders, and current and future leaders on data-driven DEI initiatives that align with company values and strategy, creating spaces to practice the behaviors necessary to drive change. 

Their connection to this work has kept them an active partner in their communities. Serving on the Steering Committee for TechTownPDX, they supported efforts to build a more diverse and inclusive tech community through collective action. By coaching junior roller derby and volunteering with the Portland Children’s Levy, they also stayed grounded in their commitment to serving and creating inclusive spaces for youth.

 

Katherine Ullman
Senior Director of Data Science
Katherine Ullman
Senior Director of Data Science
Pronouns: She/her

As Paradigm’s Senior Director of Data Science and Research, Katherine uses her computational and statistical background to uncover patterns in organizational data and paint an evidence-based picture of companies’ demographic and cultural realities, as well as the main hurdles to achieving diversity goals. Katherine draws on conceptual and technical expertise to make data-driven strategic recommendations for changes to organizational systems and processes.

She developed this expertise at the Management of Organizations PhD program at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where she was trained as a computational sociologist. Katherine’s research at Haas focused on gender, labor market inequality, and entrepreneurship. Prior to Haas, Katherine worked as a Program Associate for the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings where she worked to disseminate social science research on gender bias. Katherine has a master’s degree in Business Science from Haas.

Kevin Pearson
Director
Kevin Pearson
Director
Pronouns: He/Him

Kevin’s career is grounded in the belief that everyone deserves to feel excited about showing up to work, and that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive company culture shapes that experience. Throughout his career he’s helped companies, non-profits, and universities establish award-winning inclusion initiatives and continues that work as a Director of Training and People Development at Paradigm.

Kevin came to Paradigm from FM Global, an engineering-focused Fortune 500 company, where he brought together his expertise in training and development, customized strategic DEI plans, and operationalizing global and national inclusion programs. In a previous role at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, he led the redevelopment of the organization’s learning and development programs and built the first publicly transparent diversity data / inclusion plan initiative of any professional sports organization.

Prior to that work, Kevin established his roots teaching intersectional social justice courses at the university level and holds a master’s in administration and leadership with a focus in diversity and inclusion.

Kristin Demers
Director
Kristin Demers
Director
Pronouns: She/her

Kristin is an organizational development practitioner who is dedicated to creating measurable impact by guiding individuals and groups to success. She brings years of experience in human resources and project management to Paradigm’s Training & People Development team. Using a collaborative approach to creating learning and talent strategies, Kristin helps companies develop and advance their diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and builds change management capability to ensure sustainable results. 

Prior to joining Paradigm, Kristin led global initiatives related to leadership development, performance management, succession planning, and compensation design in the financial technology and consumer goods sectors. She has partnered with senior executives across the globe to identify and implement highly customized solutions to meet qualitative and quantitative goals. 

Kristin holds a master’s degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University Teachers College.

Luis Tinoco
Client Services Associate
Luis Tinoco
Client Services Associate
Pronouns: He/Him

As a member of the Business Operations team, Luis ensures that Paradigm’s clients have an exceptional contracting, scheduling, and implementation experience. He uses the extensive  customer service, IT, data management, and client management skills he developed in previous roles at Pitney Bowes, Postmates, and WRT, LLC., to guide his work. 

Luis is also an accomplished artist who has exhibited his work at various galleries, including The De Young Museum in San Francisco. He holds an associate’s degree from Skyline College.

Marcel Byrd
Consultant
Marcel Byrd
Consultant
Pronouns: They/Them He/Him

Marcel’s passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion is a natural extension of their background working across sexual health, harm reduction, and reproductive justice movements. As a consultant on the Training & People Development team, Marcel uses their extensive background in facilitation, program development, and community activism to provide education and support around critical DEI issues. 

Prior to their work at Paradigm, Marcel worked as a Capacity Building Associate at the Southern AIDS Coalition and as the Racial & Gender Justice Fellow at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD). In both roles, he facilitated trainings around HIV stigma, medical mistrust, and intersectionality for health department staff and community partners. He also worked to create programs to center communities most impacted by the HIV epidemic. In addition, Marcel worked as a community health volunteer at a sexual health clinic in Otavalo, Ecuador through their time with the U.S. Peace Corps. 

Marcel is originally from Atlanta, and has a bachelor’s degree in Social Policy & Gender Studies from Northwestern University.

 

Maya Godbole, PhD
Consultant
Maya Godbole, PhD
Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Maya is passionate about building workplace cultures that foster feelings of safety and belonging for employees. As a member of the Training & People Development team, Maya draws from her background in research and education to help clients implement evidence-based practices to drive sustainable, long-term behavioral change.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Maya conducted scientific research – where she focused on designing tools and strategies to increase equity, inclusion, and belonging in workplaces and academic institutions – and worked as an adjunct instructor of psychology. Maya is well-versed in literature on unconscious bias, belonging and mindsets, and intersectionality. She has delivered numerous workshops and presentations across diverse audiences on DEI topics and has authored work in scientific journals, book chapters, and popular press.

Maya holds a doctorate and master’s degree in Social Psychology from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rochester.

Melanie Goldstein Berenson
Director of Paradigm REACH
Melanie Goldstein Berenson
Director of Paradigm REACH
Pronouns: She/her

Melanie is passionate about building technologies to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. As the business and product leader of Paradigm REACH, she helps companies deliver world-class, ongoing DEI learning to their employees.

Prior to Paradigm, Melanie developed products using natural language processing and artificial intelligence to help the world’s leading companies quantify and understand emotions, experiences, diversity, inclusion, and unconscious bias in their workplaces. She has been invited to speak about her innovative work at Stanford Business School and national conferences, and has partnered with AnitaB.org  to incorporate workplace experience data into their Top Companies for Women Technologists program. 

Melanie received her masters from Stanford Business School and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University, studying technology, entrepreneurship, and music. She was a Mayfield Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar in Italy, where she served as co-principal cellist of an orchestra. 

Michelle Lopez
Senior Consultant
Michelle Lopez
Senior Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

As a diversity, equity, and inclusion strategist, Michelle inspires and equips organizational leaders from a vast array of industry sectors to think inclusively, manage with empathy, and lead with intention and purpose. As an innovative facilitator, she designs and executes high-impact, data-driven training programs, partners with clients to implement initiatives that sustain learning and foster inclusion, and curates experiences that increase inclusive behaviors, attitudes, and practices. 

Prior to her work as a diversity, equity, and inclusion strategist, Michelle was a highly successful media, sports, and entertainment management defense employment lawyer. She represented Fortune 500 companies and entertainment, media, and professional sports organizations in high profile race, gender, LGBTQ+, disability discrimination, pay equity, and sexual harassment litigation. 

She leverages her extensive strategic and diverse legal background as a trusted thought leader, executive coach, mediator, and facilitator. Michelle has made it her mission to make workplaces more equitable and inclusive, and is committed to leveraging her talents to help companies thrive by developing fearless, collaborative environments.

Myriah Ball
Operations Manager
Myriah Ball
Operations Manager
Pronouns: She/her

Myriah brings years of client coordination experience to supporting Paradigm’s Training & Implementation team. With her strong passion for client relationship management and capacity planning, Myriah manages the team’s schedules, training rollouts, and project timelines so that the team can deliver maximum impact to clients. In Myriah’s previous roles at Ameriprise Financial and Alliance Bernstein, she balanced the daily demands of current and prospective clients and managed the integration of three practices, as well as two practice acquisitions.

Myriah is extremely passionate about improving the economic and academic development of her local community. She graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a dual Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting and Finance.

Natalie Johnson
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Natalie Johnson
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Pronouns: She/her

Natalie is a Co-Founder and the Managing Director of Paradigm’s Organizational Strategy & Transformation practice. Natalie’s team of data scientists, qualitative researchers, and consultants is dedicated to helping clients assess, design, implement, and benchmark their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategies through long-term strategic partnerships. Natalie focuses her time on developing new services and delivering impactful DEI work with a focus on research, data, and prioritizing impact. Natalie has led Paradigm’s engagements with dozens of clients across industries and has partnered with executives at companies including Airbnb, Box, Capital One, GE, IDEO, Intuit, and Stripe. 

Before joining Paradigm, Natalie was a part of Google’s People Analytics team, developing and analyzing a wide range of diversity and inclusion initiatives. During her time at Google, Natalie received an impact award for her meaningful work with Gayglers—Google’s LGBTQ+ employee resource group. Natalie holds a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Negar Siadatnejad
Talent Acquisition Specialist
Negar Siadatnejad
Talent Acquisition Specialist
Pronouns: She/her

Negar is passionate about growing organizations with intention. She believes in building stronger organizations through diverse teams by taking more thoughtful and deliberate strategies when sourcing candidates.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Negar led the recruiting and human resources efforts at BeMyApp, a pioneering agency focusing on digital transformation, developer relations, and technology marketing. In this position, she scaled the company from 10 to 75 people and opened three offices within the U.S. She developed and implemented strategic talent initiatives for very niche consultative roles, and implemented an apprenticeship program to help bring in talent from diverse backgrounds.

Negar holds a bachelor’s degree in Business with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior and Leadership from Dominican University of California.

Nicole Colwell
Director of Marketing & Communications
Nicole Colwell
Director of Marketing & Communications
Pronouns: She/her

Nicole leads Paradigm’s marketing efforts, helping the company extend its impact and amplifying awareness around important diversity and inclusion topics.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Nicole led communications for mission-driven healthcare and financial inclusion companies, and spearheaded global PR programs for Fortune 50 companies. Throughout her career, Nicole has had the opportunity to promote equality for women in business and the interests of underrepresented groups—she’s had the opportunity to work with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the NAACP, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the World Economic Forum.

After more than a decade in the technology industry, Nicole is passionate about diversity and inclusion’s role in creating more companies, products, and ultimately a more equitable world. Outside of work, she volunteers for political and civic causes, and enjoys seeing as much of the world as possible.

Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from California State University, Chico.

Niomi Sterling
Consultant
Niomi Sterling
Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Niomi is a people strategist and facilitator who creates meaningful partnerships with her clients to enable organizational development through diversity, equity, and inclusion training. A cultural enthusiast, Niomi fuses together her background in talent management, psychology, and international business to create experiences that prioritize equity and resonate cross-culturally. 

Niomi started her career as a grassroots organizer and has since worked in Human Resources across various industries, focused on talent management and development, as well as culture change work. Prior to joining Paradigm’s Training and People Development team, Niomi completed her MBA with a concentration in Organizational Behavior at Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands. Her enhanced global outlook makes Niomi well-positioned to serve increasingly multi-national societies and workforces. 

 

Pin-ya Tseng
Senior Consultant
Pin-ya Tseng
Senior Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Pin-ya develops and facilitates Paradigm’s high-impact trainings, drawing from years of experience in psychological research, teaching, and leadership development. She designs trainings and leads workshops that are tailored to clients’ needs and that promote learning, while fostering more diverse and inclusive organizations.

Before joining Paradigm, Pin-ya was an organizational consultant, where she conducted in-depth assessments of executive-level clients, focusing on behavioral strengths and opportunities, business challenges, and team dynamics. Pin-ya holds a master’s degree in Social Psychology from the Ohio State University, where she taught undergraduate courses in psychology and scientific writing. She has presented research at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology national conference, as well as at other academic forums.

Ryan Godbey
Director
Ryan Godbey
Director
Pronouns: He/him

Ryan brings years of consulting and business strategy development experience to Paradigm. He has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies in different industries to leverage data analytics to inform organizational strategy and decision-making. At Paradigm, Ryan is a member of the Strategy & Insights practice, focused on helping clients transform their diversity, equity, and inclusion programs by using data to identify barriers and craft tailored programs that will achieve measurable impact.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Ryan worked for the global HR consulting firm Mercer, where he held consulting, strategy, and HR management roles. At Mercer, he partnered with executive leaders to develop and implement solutions around talent, culture, and business strategy issues. This included organizational redesign, change management, leadership communications, Employee Resource Group development, market analysis, and workforce compensation strategies.

Ryan served in the US Navy as a Sonar Technician and Intelligence Analyst, and he holds a M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University.

Sheree Dodge
Executive Assistant
Sheree Dodge
Executive Assistant
Pronouns: She/her

As a career Executive Assistant, Sheree has more than 15 years of experience supporting C-Level Executives at Global Eyes, LLC., Kohlberg Ventures, McKinsey & Company, and Jefferies Investment Bank. Her analytical skills and experience working in dynamic environments have prepared her to provide complex calendar and travel management, event planning, resolution of conflicting priorities,and strong team collaboration.

Sheree graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Clothing Design and Textiles and a minor in Interior Design. She is currently studying conversational Spanish and Italian.

Soyini Crawford
Operations Associate
Soyini Crawford
Operations Associate
Pronouns: She/her

Soyini brings a decade of administrative and sales operations experience to Paradigm’s Business Operations team. In her previous roles at Thomson Reuters and Refinitiv, Soyini supported large revenue, high-volume sales organizations that provided solutions to clients in the financial and corporate sector. Soyini has served as a primary resource for Sales and Account Management, Commercial, and Operations teams to understand order processing and contractual terms, and also help streamline the sales operations and reporting process. Soyini is driven by process improvement, and as an Operations Associate her focus is on contract management and partnering with other team members to support the sales process.

Through life experiences, Soyini has developed a passion for maternal health. She desires to bring awareness to the inequalities in maternal health, specifically as it pertains to the Black community. She believes that unmasking these systemic inequities, implicit biases, and racial disparities will build stronger and better families.  

Talia Bender
Senior Consultant
Talia Bender
Senior Consultant
Pronouns: She/her

Talia has experience in training and facilitation, leadership development, employee engagement and retention, and coaching. She thrives within the intersection of people and systems, and is passionate about cultivating environments of learning and inclusivity. As a consultant on the Training & People Development team, Talia executes high-impact training programs and supports clients’ diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. 

Prior to joining Paradigm, Talia spent almost a decade working at City Year, an educational non profit, where she led the design and execution of training, learning, and leadership development programs for tutors and mentors in NYC schools. She was also a Talent Management Consultant at Retensa, where she partnered with HR leaders to address their talent management issues. Talia holds a master’s degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Santa Clara University.