MEET OUR TEAM
Clients hire Communitas Consulting to manage and facilitate change in their organizations, design and move projects forward, and build traction and ownership for sustainability. Clients include foundations, nonprofits, government, hospitals, and post-secondary educational institutions that work on the local, state, regional or national levels.
Communitas Consulting engages a network of highly skilled professionals – bringing the right match of expertise and ability to complete each project.
SAPHIRA M. BAKER
Saphira M. Baker is the founder of Communitas Consulting and Principal Consultant. Saphira established Communitas Consulting after more than twenty years of experience in senior positions in local government and nonprofit organizations. She is skilled in facilitating and developing effective cross-sector partnerships, leading strategic and community planning, managing successful grant making, and restructuring and focusing complex organizations. Her subject area expertise includes health and human services, secondary and post-secondary education, workforce development, civic engagement, urban planning, and community development.
Saphira Baker has served as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Human Services in Richmond, Virginia, directed a planning agency for children and family services for the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle, Virginia, and directed workforce development for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a Lecturer in Strategic Planning at the Frank Batten School of Public Policy and Leadership at the University of Virginia. Saphira Baker earned her Masters of Public Administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and her A.B. at Brown University. See resume for additional information.
RESEARCH AND POLICY ANALYST
Casey Cox, Research and Policy Analyst, joined the Communitas Consulting team in 2009. Casey has experience leading large-scale data collection efforts for policy research in economics, education, and community assessment. She is accomplished at creating and managing complex data and information systems with accuracy and efficiency and has broad experience in data analysis, survey design, research interviews, and project management.
Her subject expertise includes community capacity building and youth access to college and financial aid. Casey Cox holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brigham Young University. Before joining Communitas Consulting, she was a project manager and research analyst at the University of Virginia.
She has led federally-funded grant initiatives on young children’s development while at UVA, led the state-wide rollout of a curricular reform in New York as the director of Professional Development for the Core Knowledge Foundation, and has consulted independently on local, state, and national initiatives. She is currently an associate professor at the University of Virginia.
SHEILA F. MAITH
She also held positions at Local Initiatives Support Corporation, The Enterprise Foundation (now Enterprise Community Partners) and at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Sheila earned a joint degree in law and public policy from Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government. She has an AB degree in public policy studies magna cum laude from Duke University. She has a certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. She is certified to administer the Leadership Circle™ Profile 360 assessment and is a TetraMapâ Certified Facilitator.
POLICY AND RESEARCH AFFILIATED CONSULTANT
Annie Rorem, Policy and Research Affiliate, recently joined the Communitas Consulting team. Annie has a strong background in demographic data analysis and is skilled at translating quantitative research outcomes for a variety of audiences. She has conducted and managed applied research projects for a wide range of clients, including local, state, and federal government agencies.
Prior to joining Communitas, Annie served as Director of Policy and Research for the National Women’s Business Council, a federal advisory committee. Annie earned her MA in mathematics from Wesleyan University and a Masters of Public Policy from the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, where she serves as chair of the alumni board.