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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
PRINCIPAL

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.

CASEY COX
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.

ANITA MCGINTY
AFFILIATED CONSULTANT

Dr. Anita McGinty joined Communitas Consulting as a research affiliate in 2015. She is skilled in applying research design principles to a variety of project contexts to ensure  information is data driven and rigorously grounded in scientific methods.  Dr. McGinty holds a Ph.D in Applied Developmental Science from the University of Virginia. Her work over the past 16 years – across academic and applied settings – has centered on evaluating and improving the systems of support for young children’s healthy development.

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.

“Saphira has a huge strength as a writer and communicator and can present data in a thoughtful way.”

Kelly Chopus, CEO, Robins Foundation

“Outstanding quality, everything from being personable, organized, and every meeting we went into was a good conversation.”

Karen Reifenberger, COO, Piedmont Housing Alliance

“I can’t say enough good things about Saphira Baker and Communitas Consulting. She invests the time in preparation, and truly listening to stakeholders…Saphira provided a useful and practical structure for our community’s retreat. She promotes interest and involvement from everyone at the table.”

Mike Murphy, Charlottesville CPMT Chair

“Saphira has a huge strength as a writer and communicator and can present data in a thoughtful way.”

Kelly Chopus, CEO, Robins Foundation

“Outstanding quality, everything from being personable, organized, and every meeting we went into was a good conversation.”

Karen Reifenberger, COO, Piedmont Housing Alliance

“I can’t say enough good things about Saphira Baker and Communitas Consulting. She invests the time in preparation, and truly listening to stakeholders…Saphira provided a useful and practical structure for our community’s retreat. She promotes interest and involvement from everyone at the table.”

Mike Murphy, Charlottesville CPMT Chair