About Communitas Consulting

Clients hire Communitas Consulting to manage and facilitate change in their organizations, design and move projects forward, and build traction and ownership for sustainability. Clients include foundations, national, regional and local nonprofits, hospitals, local and state government, and post-secondary educational institutions.


Communitas Consulting engages a network of highly skilled professionals – bringing the right match of expertise and ability to complete each project.


Project Team

Saphira M. Baker, Principal


Saphira M. Baker is the founder of Communitas Consulting and Principal Consultant.  Saphira established Communitas Consulting after more than twenty years of experience in senior positions in local government and nonprofit organizations.  She is skilled in facilitating and developing effective cross-sector partnerships, strategic and community planning, effective grant making, and restructuring and focusing complex organizations.  Her subject area expertise includes health and human services, secondary and post-secondary education, workforce development, civic engagement, urban planning, and community development.

Saphira Baker has served as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Human Services in Richmond, Virginia, directed a planning agency for children and family services for the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle, Virginia, and directed workforce development for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a Lecturer in Strategic Planning at the Frank Batten School of Public Policy and Leadership at the University of Virginia. Baker earned her Masters of Public Administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and her A.B. at Brown University. See resume for additional background.


Casey Cox, Research and Policy Analyst


Casey Cox, Research and Policy Analyst, joined the Communitas Consulting team in 2009. Casey has experience leading large-scale data collection efforts for policy research in economics, education, and community assessment. She is accomplished at creating and managing complex data and information systems with accuracy and efficiency and has broad experience in data analysis, survey design, research interviews, and project management. Her subject expertise includes community capacity building and youth access to college and financial aid. Casey Cox holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brigham Young University. Before joining Communitas Consulting, she was a project manager and research analyst at the University of Virginia.




Dr. Anita McGinty

Dr. Anita McGinty holds a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Science from the University of Virginia. She is interested in the quality of education and community environments as a mechanism for supporting the development and healthy outcomes of children, particularly those experiencing social or developmental risk. As an assistant research professor at the University of Virginia, Dr. McGinty built a publication and funding record that established her as an expert in children’s language and reading development, intervention implementation, and program evaluation. Following her time at UVA, Dr. McGinty served as Director of Professional Development for the Core Knowledge Foundation. Through this work she supported New York’s education reform initiative within the Prek-3 system, and helped ensure the adoption and implementation quality of the Core Knowledge language arts model statewide. This work also helped Dr. McGinty see the value in bridging her research background with government and nonprofit project consulting.



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