“As communications strategists for racial justice, we believe communications is, first and foremost, about action. With brand- and organization-level communications in particular, what we say is always bolstered or negated by what we do or don’t do.” Change Consulting CEO Bilen Mesfin Packwood reminds us that — in the wake of violent display of white supremacy we saw at the U.S. capitol last week, we must center action and avoid empty statements. More on the Change Consulting blog. 


Client News

One consequence of school closures across California: girls and gender-expansive youth who get their period did not have access to the tampons and menstrual pads they need. Now, thanks to the leadership of Alliance for Girls and the Young Women’s Freedom Center, the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors has voted to provide $1 million of county dollars “to address the inequities in access to free period products needed by the most vulnerable populations in Santa Clara County during COVID-19 and during the recovery phases.” Next City.

Gameheads announced this week the launch of a new program: The Black Video Game Scholars Program is aimed at increasing the number of young Black students in the video game industry pipeline. Applications are open now, share this link with the young Black gamers in your life: https://tinyurl.com/BlackVideoGameScholars

Congratulations to Andre “Andy” H. Madeira who was named this week as East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation’s new CEO. Madeira’s selection concludes a months long and nationwide search for a leader to take the helm of EBALDC and guide the next phase of the organization’s work in shaping healthy neighborhoods through their innovative approach to community development. More information at ebaldc.org/ebaldc-names-andre-madeira-as-new-ceo


Welcoming a new team member:  

We are so excited to announce that a new member has joined the Change Consulting team. This week, Alexis Meisels completed her first as Communications Director. In her new role, Alexis will drive our earned media efforts. 

Alexis comes to Change Consulting after years of consulting in strategic communications independently and as a member of Lightbox Collaborative. Her approach is informed by over a decade of experience in New York City Urban Planning and experiential entertainment, Silicon Valley PR and Bay Area Grassroots Organizing. She is committed to restoring justice and health to our planet by amplifying transformational ideas. 

Welcome to the team!