Through CGA Candace has led a number of efforts around DEI capacity building, public-private partnership development, brand activation, strategic planning and leadership development.
Candace’s work with clients focuses in developing DEI capacity and competency for systems change. Increased DEI capacity, or the ability to identify, interpret and interrupt inequitable practices, is critical for all individuals, but significantly more valuable for those in spaces of social impact seeking to deliver outcomes for people not driven by factors of race, gender, SES or other markers of identity.
Candace also serves as a Partner with New Profit, a venture philanthropy firm, where she coleads the Capitalizing Diverse Leaders and Organizations (CDLAO) initiative. CDLAO works to expand funding for Black and Latino social entrepreneurs; increase diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) capacity across the social impact sector; develop and support a growing body of senior philanthropic leaders of color; and expand the DEI data collection and analytics across philanthropy. Candace also leverages her convening expertise to design learning experiences that support the development of leaders across the philanthropic sector. She designs and facilitates New Profit's Diversity and Inclusion Group (DIG), as well as supporting on Talentrelated DEI initiatives and opportunities.
Prior to New Profit, Candace spent a decade supporting nonprofits across the United States. She would support strategic integration and student learning at historically Black colleges and universities including Morehouse and Spelman College, as well as Morehouse School of Medicine. She would also lead external relations within the national United Way network and for organizations like The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. And she would partner with corporations like The Coca-Cola Company, Nike/Brand Jordan and DaimlerChrysler to support public-private partnerships focused on community impact.
A consummate professional, she seeks to create synergy for each client through initiatives that meet an organization’s needs while creating positive community impact. Candace’s passion for social change is also exemplified through her volunteer work with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., New Leaders Council (NLC), The Boston Pearl Foundation and Mother Caroline Academy. Candace earned a B.A. in African-American studies from the University of Georgia in 2002 and a master’s degree in higher education from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006.