Strategic Planning Development
Ensuring your strategic plans are grounded in diversity and inclusion with practical outcomes.
Creating long-term equity plans to transform your organization and produce results.
Senior and Mid-Level Employee Recruitment & Retention
Developing strategies for you to recruit underrepresented, historically excluded, and diverse employees and ensuring they thrive in your organization.
Building professional development and training programs so all employees have skills and knowledge to support diversity and inclusion efforts.
Guiding organizations to understand and measure results focused on diversity and inclusion efforts.
Planning for crises with a critical lens to respond to hate crimes, campus climate challenges, freedom of speech conflicts, and protests.
Coaching senior leaders on diversity, equity, and inclusion topics.
“We must demonstrate our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as law enforcement executives. Opening our department to the experts at PMJ provided me with what I needed to move our organization forward. Not only was the audit spot on and community-based, their framework for moving forward was amazing.”
— Matt Carmichael
Chief of Police
University of Oregon
Cal Poly Pomona
California State University of Northridge
Durham Veterans' Affairs Medical Center
Loyola University Chicago
Northern Illinois University
Sierra College (California Community College)
University of California, Irvine
University of Kentucky
University of Oregon
University of South Alabama
University of West Georgia
Joshua Moon-Johnson (he/him), Managing Partner
Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson serves as the Dean of Student Services, Equity Programs & Pathways at American River College in Sacramento. He has published three books; his first book, Beyond Surviving: From Religious Oppression to Queer Activism was a #1 Best-seller on Amazon.com for Gay & Lesbian Activism. Joshua's second book is a co-edited volume about LGBTQ leaders in higher education, Authentic Leadership. Joshua's newest book is Queer People of Color in Higher Education.
Joshua previously served as the Assistant Dean/Director of the Multicultural Student Center at UW-Madison and as the Director of the LGBT Center at the University of California. Santa Barbara. Joshua received a doctorate in higher education and LGBT studies from Northern Illinois University, and a master's degree in student affairs from Binghamton University. Joshua also has a master’s degree in Marketing Analysis from the University of Alabama and a bachelor’s in business from the University of South Alabama.
Joshua has served as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Semester at Sea/University of Virginia, Concordia University-Portland, and Binghamton University-State University of New York. Joshua is a former chair of the NASPA (Student Affairs in Higher Education) MultiRacial Knowledge Community and held several positions with the Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community. Joshua has presented more than 35 national presentations and regularly serves as a trainer, consultant, and keynote speaker at campuses and conferences across the country. Visit www.joshuamoonjohnson.com to learn more.
Emily Prieto (she/her), Managing Partner
Dr. Emily Prieto serves as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff to the President at Samuel Merritt University. She has extensive experience in higher education, formerly serving as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of California, Davis, the director of the Latino Resource Center at Northern Illinois University, and in adjunct faculty roles teaching courses on US-Mexico Border Relations and Multicultural Education.
She has dedicated her professional career to creating a more inclusive environment for first-generation, immigrant, and underrepresented school youth; she also served as the executive director of the AB540 and Undocumented Student Center at UC Davis. During her time at Northern Illinois University, Dr. Prieto served on the Board of Directors for Instituto del Progreso Latino. As a leader at IDPL she helped pioneer education pathways tasked with providing a comprehensive set of services for low-wage and low-skilled workers.
Dr. Prieto earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Community Rhetoric from the University of California, Davis in 2002, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in Education from UC Davis. She is also a graduate of U.C. Berkeley’s Executive Leadership Academy and has received two Fulbright Specialist grants administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State to work with educators in Nigeria and Japan on teaching and research strategies.
Nick Daily (he/they), Associate
Nick Daily has over a decade of work leading, advancing, implementing and training in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion spaces. He has a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in religious studies, and a Master’s in Education with a specialization in Oppression Reduction. They currently serve as a Dean of Equity and Inclusion, the senior diversity officer on a college campus of 32,000 students and are a nationally recognized Equity and Inclusion consultant for colleges, companies, and non-profit organizations. The foundational philosophy of their approach to life is: LuvServedDaily - The consistent pursuit of happiness for self and others.
Valencia Scott (she/her), Associate Research Consultant
Valencia Scott is a Marshall Scholar and MPhil candidate at the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Law. Broadly, her academic expertise focuses on the intersection of racism and criminalisation in issues of public safety rhetoric, policing, carceral surveillance, and mass incarceration. She has extensive experience with both grassroots and legal-based advocacy to address inequities and violence within the United States’ criminal legal system. Valencia plans to attend law school after she completes her graduate studies at Oxford.
Her academic focus deeply informs her consultancy work, allowing her to bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to strategic DEI engagement around the following issues: student safety (cultural climate assessments and DEI strategies), campus policing issues and departmental reforms, hate crime prevention and response, student activist and protest protections, free speech and marginalized student protections, undocumented student safety and support, school to Prison Pipeline education and prevention, DEI education, and equity strategic planning and implementation.
As Associate Research Assistant for PMJ, Valencia brings extensive higher education policy and administration experience with a focus on student advocacy, policy planning and evaluation, and DEI assessments and strategic planning. Her engagement spans the non-profit and public service sectors alongside private, UC, CSU, and community college systems across the state of California. She recently expanded to higher education systems and non-profit organizations outside of the state of California in her role as the Lead Equity Consultant for Open Oregon Education Resources’ Targeted Open Pathway for Criminal Justice – a state and federally-funded project that will serve all public higher education institutions across the state of Oregon.
Valencia has notably worked in several high-impact Student Affairs roles in the UC system over the past several years. Her work includes being the Inaugural Mental Health and Cultural identity coordinator for the UC Davis AB540 & Undocumented Students Center, the Chair of the UC Davis Chancellor’s Undergraduate Advisory Board, a representative and voting member for the UC Davis Police Accountability Board, and the UC Davis Student Advisor to the Chancellor.
Valencia’s is dedicated to supporting organizations with departmental assessments, policy planning and review, social justice and anti-racist initiatives, program planning and evaluation, and DEI strategic planning. She is driven by her passion to create institutional accountability for the support, safety, and recognition of LGBTQ+ and BIPOC people. She is also motivated to use her consultancy skills in pushing institutions to be more engaged, critical aware actors in the shifting landscape of public safety and criminal justice issues in the United States.
Kathleen Michel Kivarkis (she/her), Research Assistant
Kathleen Michel Kivarkis is currently a first-year law student at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Kathleen worked as a student affairs professional at UC Davis, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Michigan State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kathleen holds a Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs Administration and Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Education from Michigan State University and Bachelor of Science degrees in Political Science, English, and Legal Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She has researched and presented at NASPA on how institutions of higher education can better support refugee and immigrant students. A life goal of Kathleen’s was to become a legal professional to advocate for marginalized populations; her passion for social justice has long been a shaping force in her life. Kathleen believes law school will empower her to be a part of the change in our global community. Kathleen brings with her the desire for more justice, diversity, and inclusion.