ABOUT

We are in the business of helping organizations, companies, and government align their values with their strategy. We do that through strategic planning, meeting support and facilitation, and research. 

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LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill 
Principal + Lead Consultant

Common Cause Consultants was founded by and is led by LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill, a recognized community-innovator in the greater Pittsburgh area. LaTrenda has experience in coalition-building, project management and strategic planning working in the areas of policy, communications and operations before founding Common Cause Consultants. In addition to leading CCC, she has formed LaTrenda Consulting to provide tips and tools to individuals who are interested in growing their own freelancing business. Most of her time is spent balancing entrepreneurship and motherhood, as she is the mother of three. 

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Kylie Seltzer, Ph.D
Research Strategist

Kylie Seltzer is committed to building community and making Pittsburgh a more equitable place. She supports much of the strategy at CCC. She recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh and her research examined the intersection of race theory and architecture. Now, she is excited to continue learning and to help non-profits reach their fullest potential. When she is not researching, she can be found teaching fitness classes at the Barre Code or doting on her senior shih tzu, Vinny.

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Ryan Scott, Ed.D
Associate Consultant

Dr. Ryan Scott is passionate about the community’s pursuit of economic self-reliance, education, and civil rights. He strives to ensure equity and social justice for all. As a native of the greater Pittsburgh area, he is no stranger to the culture of the city and familiar with the needs of the community. He received his Doctorate in Education at the University of Pittsburgh, with an area of concentration of Higher Education Management. He serves as an Associate Consultant with Common Cause Consultants, supporting much of the meeting facilitation and strategic efforts of the company's nonprofit clients.   

 
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Ashley Humphrey
Project Coordinator

Ashley Humphrey has spent her career working with non-profits to achieve their fundraising goals.  With a background in fine arts and child welfare, she has coordinated several large-scale projects, managed fundraising campaigns, and aided in strategic planning efforts.  She is committed to helping non-profits realize their mission. She supports CCC across the firm, keeping track of many of our strategic deadlines and milestones. Originally from southeast Missouri, she earned her MFA from Webster University in 2009.  In her spare time, she teaches and choreographs for a nationally-ranked dance studio and spends time with her spouse and two children.

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KeAysia Jackson
Associate Consultant

KeAysia Jackson is a Doctoral student in the School Psychology program at the University of California, Riverside. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Howard University. Her research involves school, community, and relationship-based prevention and intervention, as well as resilience in children with Adverse Childhood Experiences. Her company, Westwood Auburn Writing Group, aids nonprofits, consultants, and individuals in effectively addressing concerns related to education, public health, equity, and restorative justice.

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Samantha Salopek
Project Coordinator 

Sam Salopek is a soon-to-be graduate of Penn State with a degree in digital journalism and media and a certificate in diversity studies. She is passionate about understanding media’s influence on societal views surrounding race and gender. Prior to becoming a student and a mother, Sam was a decorated Air Force veteran. She served in the military as a contract specialist before transitioning into Air Force public relations. Though Sam lived all over the world, she remained a loyal Pittsburgher from a long line of devoted Yinzers. She is a photographer, runner, mother, and partner. Sam is honored to work in service of this region, and to call Pittsburgh home once again.

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Chandler Dangerfield
Research Associate

Originally from West Philadelphia -- Master of Social Work candidate Chandler Dangerfield now calls Pittsburgh home. Chandler received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from West Chester University in 2016. Since graduating, Chandler has developed professional experience in community engagement, capacity building, and the diversity, equity, and inclusion space. Most recently, Chandler worked as an Anti-Racism Cohort Associate at the Forbes Funds. She also supported Homewood Children’s Village as a program assistant for the AASP Community TIES program, a community-driven response that focuses on the safety and well-being of Black communities in the region. A self-proclaimed “research nerd” Chandler devotes ample time to studying the racial wealth gap between Black and White Americans. Outside of work, you can find Chandler on a hike, watching Marvel, or spending quality time with her nephews. 

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