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.
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.
Kylie Seltzer, Ph.D
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.
Ryan Scott, Ed.D
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 is 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.
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.
Paigean Jones is a doctoral student in the School of Social Work at Howard University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from West Chester University and her Master of Social Work from Georgia State University. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker, Registered Yoga instructor, and Certified Trauma Professional. Her research interests center on mindfulness, maternal health disparities, gendered racism, and Black women’s mental health. Most recently, Paigean served as a fellow for the Interdisciplinary Minority Fellowship Program hosted by the American Psychological Association, where she implemented programming to improve the mental health outcomes of adolescent girls living in underserved communities in Philadelphia. She is passionate about increasing access to culturally responsive modalities of care through research and policy changes. In her free time, she enjoys engaging in a variety of hobbies including gardening, hiking, learning to play the guitar, and being a dog mom.
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.
Morgan Beckham is a dedicated social justice advocate and someone who is committed to helping ensure equity for marginalized communities. Morgan Beckham is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is currently completing her Master's in Public Health with a concentration in health promotion and behavior. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in qualitative data collection/analysis using a community-based participatory approach, oral/written communication, and program development. In her free time, she enjoys being in nature, reading, singing, and traveling.
Ruben Luciano Jr. is a Southern California native completing a Ph.D. in history at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is deeply interested in the intersection of how legal structures and institutionalized stigmas affect underrepresented and marginalized communities. Ruben subscribes to the belief that the continued improvement of equitable measures and investment can positively impact these communities, and he is committed to lifelong, impassioned work in this growing field, as well as directing members of these communities to optimal educational resources and programs. This past year, Ruben completed a Fulbright fellowship for dissertation research in the Dominican Republic. When he is not working or researching, Ruben enjoys running, creative writing, listening to all genres of music, and studying fashion design.
Sara brings more than two decades of experience leading successful strategic initiatives and creating engagement opportunities that make a long-term difference in the corporate, nonprofit, and community sectors. Through a lens of equity and social justice, she plans, designs and manages programs and processes to help organizations succeed by aligning and exciting their stakeholders. As an outside advisor or member of the team, Sara has led results-producing strategic initiatives for influential nonprofit, corporate, and civic organizations at the local and national levels.