Precious J. Stroud is an American Express Leadership Academy fellow at CBMA and Northern California Grantmakers Inaugural Communications Cohort member. Precious helps organizations increase their market position by telling the right stories at the right time. Leading creative teams toward storytelling with an asset-based lens, PJS Consultants will secure press, increase funding, and tell inspirational stories that lead stakeholders to action.
Precious has a big vision to shift the marketing landscape toward inclusion and she is an exceptional listener—a superpower of sorts. Her lifelong learning includes working her way through college, earning a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, East Bay, and serving more than 18 years as a marketing strategist, project manager, training facilitator, and coach to educational institutions and nonprofit leaders.
Cathy Barragan has 11+ years of experience developing and executing strategic marketing plans for non-profit organizations. She has successfully led rebranding efforts for organizations, including the Oakland Schools Foundation (now the Oakland Public Education Fund) and the Children's Creativity Museum (formerly Zeum).
Her commitment to community, education, and the arts has taken her abroad where she has helped to develop artists' residences in Mammola, Italy, and provided direct support in the classroom of an orphanage in Morelia, Mexico.
Cathy has garnered press coverage in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, The Today Show and Wired Magazine. She is a 2012 Webby Award honoree for her work as the Marketing Director of creativity.org.
dana e. fitchett has worked in schools and in education- and social justice-focused not-for-profits for the past 12 years with roles ranging from direct classroom work and family organizing to event management and marketing and communications. Also a multidisciplinary artist, dana writes, makes visual art, teaches movement classes, and directs a small group of Black woman dancers based in the Bay Area. She holds an AB in Urban Studies with concentrations in Sociology and Black Studies from Vassar College, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Fine Art in Interdisciplinary Art, exploring identity reconciliation and decolonization through creative expression.