Testimonials

 

Non-Profit Organizations

 

“We were extremely pleased with Communitas during the entire strategic planning process. Saphira assisted us from the beginning and coached us through until we ended up with a terrific finished product. My trustees were so impressed with her style and are delighted with our plan for the future.”

Kathy Dunleavy, Executive Director
Mary Black Foundation, Spartanburg, South Carolina

“Saphira Baker has a keen ability to motivate individuals at all levels of an organization and from all sectors of the community to get things done. Saphira was highly effective in convening a diverse coalition of public agencies, school district staff, university, nonprofit and faith- based leaders, funders and elected officials through a planning and community building process. She motivated participants to give their best to the effort, helped us make critical decisions about where and how to focus, designed productive and engaging meetings, and created a process that made everyone feel welcome. Saphira has both a practical and visionary approach to planning, implementing and sustaining collaborative efforts to improve communities.”

TK Somanoth, President and Chief Executive Officer
Better Housing Coalition, Richmond, Virginia
 

“Communitas skillfully engaged our staff, board, clients, and external stakeholders in a dynamic strategic planning process that has made us more focused and efficient, which is critical in these economic times. Saphira Baker worked as a true partner with us, helping us make tough decisions and affirm our core passion and mission, while providing us with practical tools throughout the process. Her ability to capture, analyze and communicate information from a diverse group of people is outstanding, as is her ability to facilitate a high energy and productive retreat. I have been through several strategic planning processes in my career and I must say this was the most enjoyable and fruitful that I can remember.”

Peter J. Prizzio, M. ED., Chief Executive Officer
Daily Planet, Richmond, Virginia
 

“As a newly emerging nonprofit organization, Communitas Consulting’s strategic planning skills were invaluable to us. The strategic planning process was transformational for our Board, and has given our team an ambitious and clearly defined path to follow – from fundraising to board development guidance — to support us along the way. Through her keen analysis, attentiveness to customer needs, her understanding of the community, both public and nonprofit sectors, her efficient and inviting facilitation approach, Saphira Baker is a top rate consultant. I would recommend her highly.”

Judy Smith, Executive Director
Jefferson Area CHIP, Charlottesville, Virginia

“Saphira Baker provided a truly enlightening and provocative workshop on the new health care legislation and its coming impact on Virginia and Virginia’s non-profit human service providers.  She managed to turn what was feared to be a dry subject into a stimulating and highly motivating experience.  This was a wake-up call for all of us. I, for one, am re-aligning ChildSavers’ strategic plan to get us ready for January 1,2014! Her presentations were well-organized and thoughtful.  The facilitated discussions were to the point and action-oriented. It was a great experience.”

Mark Hierholzer, CEO, ChildSavers, Richmond, Virginia

“Some people spend their time figuring out why something won’t work, others spend their time figuring out how to make something work. Saphira Baker is surely the latter. She is truly a collaborator finding the common ground and building bridges for the good of a project. What is right and ethical is foremost in her motives and she is a breath of fresh air in the intense politics of public service.”

Dr. Harold Fitrer
Executive Director, Communities In Schools of Richmond,
and former Assistant Superintendent of Administrative and Support Services
Richmond Public Schools, Richmond, Virginia
 

“Homeward commissioned Saphira Baker to identify options for implementing the Rapid Rehousing concept in the Greater Richmond Region. The resulting analysis and blueprint was exceptional, both in the quality of the writing and the innovative solutions she proposed. She created a case for system change based on national research and informed by the regional government leaders, area non-profit agency staff, and funders she interviewed. Her concluding ten recommended action steps are concrete, tailor-made for our community and give us the path we need to move ahead.”

Kelly King Horne
Executive Director, Homeward
Richmond, Virginia
  

“Communitas Consulting helped our agency jump start our efforts to plan for the ‘Age Wave.’ As our consultant, Saphira Baker helped make connections with key partners; facilitated planning meetings with agency heads and staff; created a collaborative agreement to manage operations; developed communication materials for staff and stakeholders; provided timely technical assistance and guidance;motivated us to stay coordinated and energized, and kept track of all the moving parts. She was invaluable to the effort in helping us launch a new regional plan.”

 Thelma Bland Watson, Ph.D.
Executive Director,
Senior Connections, the Capital Area on Aging, Richmond, Virginia
 

 “Saphira Baker effectively led us through an assessment of one of our residential communities, which included a survey of over 100 households and a scan of the neighborhoods’ assets and needs.  By successfully engaging our residents, board members, staff, and a host of local agencies, she ensured thorough and comprehensive input.  This combination of statistical and narrative feedback was boiled down into an outstanding summary report that will be invaluable as our affiliate undertakes a strategic planning process.  I commend Communitas for the ability to provide focus and efficiency while utilizing a collaborative process and culturally competent research methods to enhance our ability to serve the community.  Other organizations stand to benefit greatly from Saphira’s knowledge of non-profits and ability to lead an effective planning process.”

Ryan Jacoby
Deputy Director
Habitat for Humanity for Greater Charlottesville
 

“Saphira Baker’s commitment to community and ability to unite people in the pursuit of the greater good is well known, but she is also a force to be reckoned with inside the classroom. We were honored to have Saphira as a guest faculty member for our statewide Nonprofit Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Program where she helped to shape Virginia’s next generation of social problem solvers. Our students benefited tremendously as she unselfishly shared her knowledge and experience.”

G. David Carter
Director of Programs and General Counsel
The Phoenix Project
Petersburg, Virginia
 “Saphira Baker is able to bring individuals with diverse perspectives together to tackle community problems.  She combines a data-driven approach with the ability to help participants identify personal and corporate strengths to problem solve, identify workable solutions and create a shared vision.  Her background in public sector and nonprofit management helps her understand the perspectives of those around the table while her insight and facilitation draws people out to find common ground.”
Ruth Stone
Executive Director
Piedmont CASA
Charlottesville, Virginia 
 

Foundations

“Communitas Consulting ably enabled our board and leadership team to make a key strategic shift in our grant making. We are now focused sharply on investing in results, and on convening, collaborating and leading the community to achieve improvements needed in the region. Saphira and Lydia are excellent facilitators, evaluators, and champions for developing and adopting new frameworks. The end product is compelling in its simplicity and focus.”

John Sherman
Past Chairman
The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia


“Communitas Consulting accelerated our foundation’s efforts to move from traditional grant making to an approach where we prioritize and support investments that positively impact the community. Lydia and Saphira conducted extensive outreach to our stakeholders, donors, and grantees. They analyzed our investments, put together a logical and inspiring set of community result statements, and then helped our team translate this into a grant application and review format that streamlines the way we do business. Their steady and clear guidance was tremendously valuable.”

Farhad Aghdami
The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia

“Saphira Baker is not only a highly-skilled consultant and coach, but shared the passion of our mission. She understands the heart of the not-for-profit world and shares her expertise with skill and true caring about the outcome. ”

Ray Mishler, Vice President
Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation
Charlottesville, Virginia

“The report Communitas coordinated gives a powerful visual to the culmination of months of hard work and excellent attention to detail…..How fortunate we feel to have had the opportunity to work with you.”

Gina L. Pitrone,
Obici Healthcare Foundation
Jaya Tiwari,
Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community
 

“It is well worth investing in a strategic planning process with Communitas Consulting. Saphira Baker has a remarkable ability to synthesize information from a range of sources – interviews, documents, meetings, and data — and quickly identify the critical issues facing an organization. Her ability to lead a diverse group in finding practical and bold solutions is impressive, as is her support, resourcefulness and coaching throughout the process. The final strategic plan makes us a more efficient and effective organization, and includes practical tools we can put to use immediately to implement the plan.”

Darcy Oman, Board Member, The Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence, and President and CEO, The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia
 

 “Saphira Baker was made to do community building work.  Her excellent interpersonal skills; mediating tough discussions, building group consensus, focusing a divergent group, along with her high energy and passion to problem solve, all combine into a graceful leadership style that makes those of us who do community work strive to do better and do more for those we serve.”

Heather Turbyne-Pollard
Vice President, Community Impact
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, Richmond, Virginia
 

“Saphira Baker was able to bring our foundation and other community  groups into a productive partnership with city government. She worked with us to pull together a coalition of higher education, faith-based, nonprofit, public, and business leaders to create a plan and pilot project for reducing intergenerational poverty in the Greater Richmond  area. Without Saphira’s combination of vision and practical know how it would have been challenging to get this important proposal off the ground.”

Susan Brown Davis
Director of Programs
The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia
 

“Communitas Consulting brings a deep well of expertise and credibility to its work, which has helped create critical buy-in to our regional plan for children’s school readiness.  In addition, Saphira Baker’s ability to listen and give needed push to get decisions made at the same time are what make her an excellent consulting partner.”

Barbara Couto Sipe
Vice President of Community Impact
Success By 6 Director of Community Engagement and Planning
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, Richmond, VA

“Saphira Baker directed the Foundation’s efforts to increase awareness of civic engagement among older adults. She led a team whose productivity was extraordinary, resulting in new funding to share effective practices at a community symposium, a cutting edge research report, a public forum held by the major daily paper, significant media attention, and hundreds of citizens and organizations motivated to jump in and help the region engage older adults as volunteers. Saphira is an excellent facilitator, writer, communicator and problem-solver; people enjoy working with her and are motivated to go the extra mile with her leadership.”

Susan Brown Davis, Senior Vice President
Community Leadership Initiatives
The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

Post-Secondary Educational Institutions

“Communitas Consulting was instrumental in assisting our transition team to identify the core issues that Bridging Richmond and a new Executive Director were facing. Communitas worked closely with our planning team and community partners to balance the process of soliciting feedback and input with the need to make efficient and best use of everyone’s time. The research and recommendations from the process resulted in a powerful report that infused new energy and structure into our collaborative organization and established a clear path forward for the new Executive. Saphira Baker’s use of data, interviews, and community input, combined with her focus on results and her capability as a facilitator, make for a winning combination.“

Dr. Beverly J. Warren, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
 

“In response to an institution wide planning effort, our office was charged with completing a design and building a brand new program within an ambitious timeline. Without giving it a second thought, I called Saphira for her help and expertise. I needed to engage multiple stakeholders, solicit input on a lot of new data, synthesize various viewpoints, and take action on people’s ideas. Saphira was remarkable in her ability to keep the group on target, request clarification or more information when needed, and produce a product that enabled my office to move directly and quickly into implementation.Saphira accomplished what seemed an insurmountable task with high energy, inspiring professionalism, and good humor.”

Megan Raymond
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
 

“I have observed Saphira Baker as she provided leadership to an important regional initiative…As part of the City of Richmond team, Saphira was able to capture and articulate our vision for a regional workforce development system. She helped motivate us and others from the surrounding counties to join in supporting a completely new and promising regional model to meet business and residents’ needs.”

Gary L. Rhodes, President
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Richmond, Virginia
 

“The university has brought Ms. Baker in as a consultant for our new Jefferson Public Citizen initiative and I had the pleasure of watching her move a group of about 20 faculty, students, and administrators successfully through a 4-hour meeting. As a participant I marveled at how smoothly she orchestrated the meeting and thought we could learn a valuable skill from her.  I invited her to present to our public policy students on ‘Running Meetings’.”

Paul S. Martin, Assistant Professor, Miller Center of Public Affairs and Director of Professional Development, Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
 

“Saphira Baker moves from one work group meeting to another with great grace and infectious energy and focus. When Saphira brings members of the community together, she brings out the best in everyone. She inspires busy people to do more, fractionated groups to pull together, and all of us to look more closely at the unspoken needs of the least empowered in our community – children.”

Edith (Winx) Lawrence
Professor, Curry School of Education
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
 

Government

“There are few people you can call on to take a general vision or concept– not yet clearly defined – and trust them to transform it into something truly sensational. In our case, The Family and Children’s Trust Fund (FACT) commissioned Saphira Baker of Communitas Consulting to create the first-ever social indicators report on family violence for the Commonwealth. The Communitas team created a groundbreaking high-quality, accessible and innovative report that has now become a signature publication for FACT. Communitas synthesized reams of research, engaged a dynamic planning committee, gathered input from stakeholders across the state, and managed the process with characteristic equanimity, thoughtfulness and grace. I highly recommend Communitas Consulting.”

Fran Inge, Executive Director
Family and Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
 

 “Communitas Consulting did a terrific job creating the first Cabinet-level plan to address homelessness in the Commonwealth. Saphira Baker’s ability to build consensus among a group of passionate individuals with diverse backgrounds and expertise was impressive, as was her background research and expertise, and her engagement of local stakeholders across the State. The resulting report is top-notch.”

Bob Sledd, Senior Economic Advisor to the Governor
Commonwealth of Virginia
 

“Saphira’s work with the Homeless Outcomes Advisory Committee was invaluable in helping the group develop a set of pragmatic recommendations to improve the Commonwealth’s homeless services. She is an adept facilitator and kept the group organized, focused and on task. In addition to her group process skills, Saphira brought a great deal of subject matter knowledge to our efforts. Saphira is a consummate professional and a real joy to work with.”

M. Shea Hollifield
Deputy Director
Virginia Department of Housing
and Community Development
 

 “Thank you for spearheading the Civic Engagement Workgroup and for letting me participate. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute and have learned a lot…..You have been fantastic about keeping the group on goal. I, for one, appreciate your style and your thoroughness. You are a great leader.”

Nikki Nicholau, former Director
Office on Volunteerism and Community Service,
Virginia Department of Social Services, Richmond, Virginia
 

I have the utmost respect for Saphira Baker’s abilities and integrity. She was able to manage a large portfolio of diverse city departments and work with them to implement the City of Richmond’s Vision 2020 human services strategy.  Saphira was instrumental in moving our Health Department from the City administration to the Commonwealth of Virginia and led a team that addressed all aspects of the move, from communicating regularly to employees, to retirement and health care, to assets and finance, to information technology and communications.”

William E. Harrell
Former CAO City of Richmond
 
 
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Testimonials

Government

I can’t say enough good things about Saphira Baker and Communitas Consulting. She invests the time in preparation, and truly listening to stakeholders, that leads to a successful engagement.  Saphira provided a useful and practical structure for our community’s retreat. She promotes interest and involvement from everyone at the table. Saphira always provides tremendous insight, but in a way that that ensures that the group’s ideas and will are preserved and honored. I believe this process builds ownership, and has left our community with a really valuable product to guide our work with children and families. I’m grateful we were able to work with Saphira and would look forward to doing so in the future.”
 
Mike Murphy, Community Planning and Management Team Chair
City of Charlottesville, Virginia  
 
“Saphira Baker of Communitas Consulting produced an excellent report for the City of Norfolk with detailed recommendations to reduce poverty.  The writing is  easily understandable to a range of audiences, captures extensive local and national research, and reflects local priorities.  Saphira’s capacity to facilitate and organize 34 Commissioners over the course of ten months was impressive. We anticipate that Norfolk will make headway in reducing poverty with the aid of the report and the support of the citizens and city staff who are part of this process.”
 
Mayor Paul D. Fraim, City of Norfolk, Virginia 
“Saphira Baker with Communitas Consulting produced a report that provides a strong process and framework for reducing poverty in Norfolk.  She assisted the Commission through a well-planned process that was targeted to our needs.  She listened carefully to our thoughts along the way, proactively sought feedback from members and offered concepts and recommendations that would work among various stakeholders.  Her knowledge of local government processes was an added bonus to her facilitation skills.”
 
Susan L. Perry, Ph.D., Management Analyst III, City of Norfolk, Virginia
 
“Thanks to Saphira Baker and her team, the Family and Children’s Trust Fund (FACT) has been able to promote the use of family violence data in communities in ways that we never could have imagined! Over the past four years, the Communitas team transformed large amounts of quantitative and qualitative information from various data sources into a format that was easily accessible and understandable to a wide range of human service professionals. Communitas’ commitment to quality and detail in each publication of the Violence at Home: The FACT Report and Issue Brief has helped stakeholders raise awareness, build capacity, and coordinate multi-disciplinary responses to preventing and treating family violence. Communitas is a top-notch firm, and FACT was fortunate to work with them on such an exciting project.”

Hayley Mathews, Executive Director,
Family and Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
  
“We are thrilled with the progress in reducing homelessness in Virginia. It seems that the stars were aligned with federal policy, our state plan, and the grant through the National Alliance to End Homelessness funded by the Freddie Mac Foundation. Homelessness decreased 16 percent between 2010 and 2013 surpassing the goal of 15 percent. Family homelessness decreased by 17 percent. Implementation the strategies laid out in the Report and recommendations was paramount to this success and Communitas was critical to the development of those -so congratulations and thanks.”

Kathy D. Robertson, Associate Director, Homelessness and Special Needs Housing,
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Richmond, Virginia
  
“Communitas Consulting did a terrific job creating the first Cabinet-level plan to address homelessness in the Commonwealth. Saphira Baker’s ability to build consensus among a group of passionate individuals with diverse backgrounds and expertise was impressive, as was her background research and expertise, and her engagement of local stakeholders across the State. The resulting report is top-notch.”

Bob Sledd, Former Senior Economic Advisor to the Governor
Commonwealth of Virginia
 
 “There are few people you can call on to take a general vision or concept– not yet clearly defined – and trust them to transform it into something truly sensational. In our case, The Family and Children’s Trust Fund (FACT) commissioned Saphira Baker of Communitas Consulting to create the first-ever social indicators report on family violence for the Commonwealth. The Communitas team created a groundbreaking high-quality, accessible and innovative report that has now become a signature publication for FACT. Communitas synthesized reams of research, engaged a dynamic planning committee, gathered input from stakeholders across the state, and managed the process with characteristic equanimity, thoughtfulness and grace. I highly recommend Communitas Consulting.”

Fran Inge, Executive Director
Family and Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
 

Non-Profit Organizations

“Saphira worked with us on a strategic plan and is working with us now on a specific project that will define us for years to come. She possesses a remarkable ability to move from the big picture to the details and back again, and she does it seamlessly.  Saphira is both incredibly smart and intuitive. She is warm and kind and generous of spirit in a way that is unique. We are so very fortunate for the opportunity to work with her.”

Frank K. Grosch
Executive Director
Piedmont Housing Alliance
Charlottesville, Virginia
“Saphira is extremely skilled in the many facets of strategic planning, strategic thinking, organizational development, and change management. She has deep knowledge of community initiatives, public/private partnerships, qualitative and quantitative evaluation, and is the consummate professional.”

Lisa Specter-Dunaway
Virginia Home Visiting Consortium CEO and President, CHIP of Virginia
 
“Communitas skillfully engaged our staff, board, clients, and external stakeholders in a dynamic strategic planning process that has made us more focused and efficient, which is critical in these economic times. Saphira Baker worked as a true partner with us, helping us make tough decisions and affirm our core passion and mission, while providing us with practical tools throughout the process. Her ability to capture, analyze and communicate information from a diverse group of people is outstanding, as is her ability to facilitate a high energy and productive retreat. I have been through several strategic planning processes in my career and I must say this was the most enjoyable and fruitful that I can remember.”

Peter J. Prizzio, M. ED., Chief Executive Officer
Daily Planet, Richmond, Virginia
 

“As a newly emerging nonprofit organization, Communitas Consulting’s strategic planning skills were invaluable to us. The strategic planning process was transformational for our Board, and has given our team an ambitious and clearly defined path to follow – from fundraising to board development guidance — to support us along the way. Through her keen analysis, attentiveness to customer needs, her understanding of the community, both public and nonprofit sectors, her efficient and inviting facilitation approach, Saphira Baker is a top rate consultant. I would recommend her highly.”

Judy Smith, Executive Director
Jefferson Area CHIP, Charlottesville, Virginia
 
  

Post-Secondary Educational Institutions

“It was a pleasure working with Saphira Baker to capture core aspects of our blended facilitation approach in Facilitation for Community Change. She brought tremendous flexibility needed to incorporate multiple perspectives while also writing the guide in welcoming language.”

Jason Smith, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Director
Bridging RVA, Richmond, Virginia
“Communitas Consulting was instrumental in assisting our transition team to identify the core issues that Bridging Richmond and a new Executive Director were facing. Communitas worked closely with our planning team and community partners to balance the process of soliciting feedback and input with the need to make efficient and best use of everyone’s time. The research and recommendations from the process resulted in a powerful report that infused new energy and structure into our collaborative organization and established a clear path forward for the new Executive. Saphira Baker’s use of data, interviews, and community input, combined with her focus on results and her capability as a facilitator, make for a winning combination.“

Dr. Beverly J. Warren
former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
 
“I have observed Saphira Baker as she provided leadership to an important regional initiative…As part of the City of Richmond team, Saphira was able to capture and articulate our vision for a regional workforce development system. She helped motivate us and others from the surrounding counties to join in supporting a completely new and promising regional model to meet business and residents’ needs.”

Gary L. Rhodes, President
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Richmond, Virginia
 

“The university has brought Ms. Baker in as a consultant for our new Jefferson Public Citizen initiative and I had the pleasure of watching her move a group of about 20 faculty, students, and administrators successfully through a 4-hour meeting. As a participant I marveled at how smoothly she orchestrated the meeting and thought we could learn a valuable skill from her.  I invited her to present to our public policy students on ‘Running Meetings’.”

Paul S. Martin
Assistant Professor, Miller Center of Public Affairs and
Director of Professional Development
Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
 

Foundations

“We were extremely pleased with Communitas during the entire strategic planning process. Saphira assisted us from the beginning and coached us through until we ended up with a terrific finished product. My trustees were so impressed with her style and are delighted with our plan for the future.”

Kathy Dunleavy, Executive Director
Mary Black Foundation, Spartanburg, South Carolina
“Communitas Consulting ably enabled our board and leadership team to make a key strategic shift in our grant making. We are now focused sharply on investing in results, and on convening, collaborating and leading the community to achieve improvements needed in the region. Saphira and Lydia are excellent facilitators, evaluators, and champions for developing and adopting new frameworks. The end product is compelling in its simplicity and focus.”

John Sherman
Past Chairman
The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia
“Communitas Consulting accelerated our foundation’s efforts to move from traditional grant making to an approach where we prioritize and support investments that positively impact the community. Lydia and Saphira conducted extensive outreach to our stakeholders, donors, and grantees. They analyzed our investments, put together a logical and inspiring set of community result statements, and then helped our team translate this into a grant application and review format that streamlines the way we do business. Their steady and clear guidance was tremendously valuable.”

Farhad Aghdami
The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia
 
“Saphira Baker is not only a highly-skilled consultant and coach, but shared the passion of our mission. She understands the heart of the not-for-profit world and shares her expertise with skill and true caring about the outcome. ”

Ray Mishler, Vice President
Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation
Charlottesville, Virginia
 
“The report Communitas coordinated gives a powerful visual to the culmination of months of hard work and excellent attention to detail…..How fortunate we feel to have had the opportunity to work with you.”

Gina L. Pitrone,
Obici Healthcare Foundation
Jaya Tiwari,
Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community
 

“It is well worth investing in a strategic planning process with Communitas Consulting. Saphira Baker has a remarkable ability to synthesize information from a range of sources – interviews, documents, meetings, and data — and quickly identify the critical issues facing an organization. Her ability to lead a diverse group in finding practical and bold solutions is impressive, as is her support, resourcefulness and coaching throughout the process. The final strategic plan makes us a more efficient and effective organization, and includes practical tools we can put to use immediately to implement the plan.”

Darcy Oman, Board Member, The Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence
and President and CEO,
The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia
 
 “Saphira Baker was made to do community building work.  Her excellent interpersonal skills; mediating tough discussions, building group consensus, focusing a divergent group, along with her high energy and passion to problem solve, all combine into a graceful leadership style that makes those of us who do community work strive to do better and do more for those we serve.”

Heather Turbyne-Pollard, Vice President, Community Impact,
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, Richmond, Virginia
 
 

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