We teach the methods of Equity-Centered Design to transform the way teams communicate, innovate, serve, and lead.

Our Approach

Our methods are grounded in Human-Centered Design, a problem solving process that has roots in the design field. It’s a tool that has long helped people understand and solve complex problems, keeping people at the center. When embedded with equity principles, we believe it’s capable of community transformation.

We teach the methods of Equity-Centered Design to transform the way teams communicate, innovate, serve, and lead.

Our Approach

Our methods are grounded in Human-Centered Design, a problem solving process that has roots in the design field. It’s a tool that has long helped people understand and solve complex problems, keeping people at the center. When embedded with equity principles, we believe it’s capable of community transformation.

Our Team

Chantal

Chantal started with WMCAT in 2019. SoCal Native. Half Filipina, half Guatemalan. Photographer. Entrepreneur. Supper Club coordinator and host. She received her degree in Communications & Mass Media from Cal State San Marcos and went to work as a project manager and professional photographer. She has spent the last several years focused on product photography, lifestyle branding, and event photography. Chantal now calls Grand Rapids home, spending much of her free time working with education and entrepreneur organizations throughout the city. If you don’t see her connecting with people, you’ll find her eating something tasty and excited to share it with you! Oh, and Chantal loves great meals; the ones that bring people together and remind you of all the wonderful things of being human.

Jennifer

Jennifer is a human services professional who brings over fifteen years’ experience in federal/state grant management, non-profit project management, and the integration of continuous learning/improvement into programs, services, and organizations to her role at WMCAT.  She enjoys the opportunity to learn and apply her skills to new settings and has worked in k-12 education (including language revitalization and advocacy), volunteer administration, workforce development, aging services, and as a contracted capacity building consultant.  After living and working on the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona, she moved to Michigan with her five children (Nesbah, Hoskie, Ashkii, Ayebah, and Kebah) where she now lives with her husband Hans.  Jennifer enjoys spending time with family, growing heirloom vegetables, making pottery in her home studio, and being amused by the endless talents of Winnie, her family’s corgi. Jennifer earned her bachelor’s in education from Northern Arizona University in 2002 with an emphasis on bilingual/bicultural education, and her Masters in Public Administration at Grand Valley State University, with an emphasis in nonprofit Leadership, in 2011.

Brandy

Before joining WMCAT, Brandy served as Youth & Inclusion Specialist at Kids’ Food Basket, focusing on youth development and co-leading the organization’s equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives. Professionally and through community involvement, Brandy is passionate about creating equitable access to opportunities and giving students the tools they need to be successful in school and in life. Brandy serves on the board for cycling non-profit The Spoke Folks, is a member of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation Advisory Council, and volunteers her time with various organizations including the East Hills Council of Neighbors, Grand Rapids Public Schools, KConnect, and the Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit leadership team. She is the recipient of the 2016 Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Do-Gooder Award and WGVU Person of the Year Award in 2017. Brandy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications at Grand Valley State University and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications at Eastern Michigan University.

Trudy

Trudy Ngo-Brown has been with WMCAT since 2015 and has almost 20 years of combined experience in education as a K-adult classroom teacher, teacher educator, and education consultant.  Prior to WMCAT, Trudy worked at Kent Intermediate School District in the areas of career and workforce readiness and English language learner education. She has also taught in Kentwood Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools, and in Japan. Trudy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas (Hook ’em!) and her Master of Education in Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois in Chicago.

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