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Our Story

Be the Change Consulting is a woman of color-owned and operated company. We specialize in equity & inclusion, youth development, organizational capacity building, and strategic planning. Rooted in Oakland, CA since 2012, Be the Change Consulting was sparked by the question- who ARE these systems working for?! And we got to work.

Sangita Kumar, principal & founder had experience working in social services, government agencies , a huge pharmacy corporation, nonprofits and even a financial company. Every environment she stepped in had something in common- folx were not feeling appreciated or being set up for success. Sangita was curious about the invisible rules that seemed to be in place and how to dismantle them. She studied organizational development to understand the design thinking process, trauma & somatics to discover how oppression shapes people, and professional coaching to learn what motivates behavioral change. These modalities fueled by social justice ideology are how Be the Change was born.

But without the brilliant minds and hearts of our exceptional team, our mission could not have gotten very far. Tanya Mayo, Owner & Operations has lived deeply in the world of art & activism with young people. She traveled with them internationally, mentored their entrepreneurship, and led them to believe in their highest expression of self through artistic rigor. Working with young people in this way was nothing less than life-changing.

When Tanya and Sangita decided to start a business together, they wanted to be women of color working in alignment with their dreams, earning their money, and supporting themselves financially. They wanted to build an organizational culture that didn’t replicate dominant culture but lived into the change they wanted to be.

Finding the right team members has been key to the success of Be the Change Consulting. Our consultants and full-time crew bring lived experiences across race, gender, ability, body size, and immigration status. We know these diverse perspectives make us stronger, more flexible, more capable, and better able to serve our clients.

Be The Change Team

Be the Change Consulting, LLC is a woman-owned and people of color-operated, racial justice-centered, full-service organizational development firm. We specialize in curriculum design, capacity building, strategic planning, and community engagement. Rooted in Oakland, CA since 2012, Be the Change Consulting was sparked by the question- who are these systems working for?!

and we got to work

How We Work

Be the Change Consulting is the real deal. We create brave learning spaces and catalyze change.

Here’s how:

  • Our process is intentional
  • We solve problems together
  • We teach by being and doing
  • We encourage cascading leadership
  • We combine theory with practice
  • We experiment and refine ideas

Finding the right team members has been key to the success of Be the Change Consulting.

Our consultants and full-time crew bring their diverse identities to support clients in operationalizing a culture of inclusion and belonging. We know these perspectives make us stronger, more flexible, more capable, and better able to serve our partners.

Staff

Alex Miller

Alex Miller

Project Coordinator

Alex Miller is a passionate advocate for racial and gender justice. Before becoming a project coordinator at Be the Change, Alex worked in early childhood education and youth development, where she designed programming that prioritized racial equity to build safe, inclusive communities. A key part of Alex’s approach to program design and coordination is noticing a lack of culturally relevant information and working with her community to address how to fill the gaps. Alex is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Through her research, Alex hopes to address the gap in historical representation of Black Trans figures by preserving the histories and kinship of Black Queer and Trans people in the United States. When she is not working, you can find Alex hyping up her daughter’s gymnastics skills, doing puzzles, visiting local libraries, and having dance parties with her family.

Fong Marcolongo

Fong Marcolongo

Vice President

Fong (she/her/hers) is a bridge-builder, community capacity builder, and youth development advocate dedicated to supporting communities of color to lead their own transformations. Her expertise resides in the design/implementation of experiential human-centered learning, culturally competent youth leadership development, positive youth development trainings, experiential curriculum development and collaborative team management. She specializes in creating interactive visual frameworks for group collaboration and strategic visioning. Fong has over 15 years of working in the non-profit sector. Her passion is to support the youth development and education field to build the capacities of their leaders. Fong received her BS in Political Science and holds a Master’s in Global Affairs. When she is not working, Fong is propagating plants, stumbling on roller skates, and keeping up with her energetic 8-year old while catching moments of joy with her family.

Kelsey Rogoff

Kelsey Rogoff

Manager

Kelsey Rogoff is a program manager at Be the Change Consulting. Kelsey has over a decade of youth development and instructional experience ranging from teaching highschool and enrichments. During her time as an educator, she cultivated a classroom culture that uplifted her student’s leadership skills and broadened their social justice analysis. Post pandemic, she augmented her curriculum to support student and families mental health and wellness needs, and supported tutoring to close learning gaps. As a second generation chicana from Boyle Heights Kelsey leverages her lived experiences to ensure underserved communities have the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to thrive. In her free time, will you find Kelsey in the gym, coaching Crossfit and being your biggest hype woman.

Lauren Martinez

Lauren Martinez

Senior Manager and Trainer

Lauren Martinez has worn many hats in the field of education and youth development. They have specifically coached basketball for over five years for UCLA recreation department, taught chess in an after-school capacity, and now are currently working for Be the Change Consulting as their Racial Justice Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Manager both the PM for the antiracist virtual public series and a facilitator for some of the offerings. They hold a BS in Psychology and Biology and are currently pursuing two master’s degrees, a Master of Social Change and Master of Divinity at “the most progressive seminary in the United States,” Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA. Their intentions are to remind people, in particular youth of color, through spiritual embodiment practices that center a social justice healing lens of their internal power and inherent worth whilst expanding communities understanding of ways to counter oppression and live an authentic life.

Sangita Kumar

Sangita Kumar

Principal & Founder

Sangita Kumar is the founder and principal of Be the Change Consulting, LLC, a results-based organizational development firm located in Oakland, CA. Sangita oversees a team of 13 to support a diverse client portfolio in systems reform, change management, capacity building, program development, strategic planning, and curriculum design.

Sangita is a proud first-generation leader respected for her ability to wed technical training to a trauma-informed facilitation approach that motivates teams to reimagine workplace culture and practices. Sangita brings 15 years of experience in Project Management, Organizational Assessment, Instructional Design, and Facilitation. Her passion for racial equity drives the firm’s service model.

Shelley Kuang

Shelley Kuang

Director

Shelley Kuang is a multigenre artist and organizer. Before joining Be the Change Consulting as a Production Assistant, Shelley has worked as an educator enacting student-led college access programming, advising a youth-led dance team, and facilitating behavioral and mental health education. Later, she honed her mixed-methods data collection, analytic and production skills while working with an evaluations research firm. She received her BA in Human Development from UC San Diego. Shelley is the Alumni-in-Residence with Emerging Arts Professionals SFBA and volunteers with the Asian Prisoner Support Committee.

Consultants

Alicia Montgomery, LCSW

Alicia Montgomery, LCSW

Trainer

Aminta Steinbach

Aminta Steinbach

Senior Trainer & Coach

David Sayas

David Sayas

Marketing & Social Media Consultant

Ed Center

Ed Center

Senior Trainer and Coach

Franklin Hysten

Franklin Hysten

Trainer

Jae Maldonado

Jae Maldonado

Senior Trainer and Coach

Jenjii Hysten

Jenjii Hysten

Trainer

Lyn-Tise Jones

Lyn-Tise Jones

Trainer

Zimbabwe Davies

Zimbabwe Davies

Trainer

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