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Meet the team

Michelle

Moore

Hernandez

CEO.

Breakthrough Coach. Org Culture Geek.

Secret weapon


Amber turns messy, ethereal ideas into concrete, achievable realities.




Specializations


Heart-centered, systems level leadership. Strategic planning. Complex organizational change. Operationalizing and impact monitoring.




Her story


As Managing Director at Leading Elephants, Amber helps to extract the magic in human-centered leadership and create products that meet the array of organizational needs. Prior to working at Leading Elephants, Amber served as a leader in several capacities at Achievement First. In her early years at the charter management organization, she led a team of data strategists and supported many cross-cutting initiatives. Later, Amber served as a chief of staff in the COO Office. Amber has also served as a coach, strategy consultant, and interim Chief of Staff with charter networks across the US. Amber’s early career was as an economic consultant at Analysis Group where she supported expert witnesses testifying in corporate litigation.




Amber is passionate about


Helping leaders thrive. She was first exposed to the transformative work at Leading Elephants as a coachee, and she loves to share how her ongoing journey toward greater human-centered leadership enriches her life.




When not at work


Amber is based in Menlo Park, California. She loves her family, travel, her faith, and good food. And (to the chagrin and begrudged appreciation of her recipients!), she enjoys infusing work with cheesy memes and impromptu celebrations.





AmbeR

Mackay

Managing Director.  Strategic Leader.  Jane of All Trades.

Secret weapon


Amber turns messy, ethereal ideas into concrete, achievable realities.




Specializations


Heart-centered, systems level leadership. Strategic planning. Complex organizational change. Operationalizing and impact monitoring.




Her story


As Managing Director at Leading Elephants, Amber helps to extract the magic in human-centered leadership and create products that meet the array of organizational needs. Prior to working at Leading Elephants, Amber served as a leader in several capacities at Achievement First. In her early years at the charter management organization, she led a team of data strategists and supported many cross-cutting initiatives. Later, Amber served as a chief of staff in the COO Office. Amber has also served as a coach, strategy consultant, and interim Chief of Staff with charter networks across the US. Amber’s early career was as an economic consultant at Analysis Group where she supported expert witnesses testifying in corporate litigation.




Amber is passionate about


Helping leaders thrive. She was first exposed to the transformative work at Leading Elephants as a coachee, and she loves to share how her ongoing journey toward greater human-centered leadership enriches her life.




When not at work


Amber is based in Menlo Park, California. She loves her family, travel, her faith, and good food. And (to the chagrin and begrudged appreciation of her recipients!), she enjoys infusing work with cheesy memes and impromptu celebrations.





Marion

biglan

Coach. Community Builder. Working Group Magician.

Secret weapon


Amber turns messy, ethereal ideas into concrete, achievable realities.




Specializations


Heart-centered, systems level leadership. Strategic planning. Complex organizational change. Operationalizing and impact monitoring.




Her story


As Managing Director at Leading Elephants, Amber helps to extract the magic in human-centered leadership and create products that meet the array of organizational needs. Prior to working at Leading Elephants, Amber served as a leader in several capacities at Achievement First. In her early years at the charter management organization, she led a team of data strategists and supported many cross-cutting initiatives. Later, Amber served as a chief of staff in the COO Office. Amber has also served as a coach, strategy consultant, and interim Chief of Staff with charter networks across the US. Amber’s early career was as an economic consultant at Analysis Group where she supported expert witnesses testifying in corporate litigation.




Amber is passionate about


Helping leaders thrive. She was first exposed to the transformative work at Leading Elephants as a coachee, and she loves to share how her ongoing journey toward greater human-centered leadership enriches her life.




When not at work


Amber is based in Menlo Park, California. She loves her family, travel, her faith, and good food. And (to the chagrin and begrudged appreciation of her recipients!), she enjoys infusing work with cheesy memes and impromptu celebrations.





Miwa

Kamras

Leadership coach.

facilitator.

talent guru.

Secret weapon


Amber turns messy, ethereal ideas into concrete, achievable realities.




Specializations


Heart-centered, systems level leadership. Strategic planning. Complex organizational change. Operationalizing and impact monitoring.




Her story


As Managing Director at Leading Elephants, Amber helps to extract the magic in human-centered leadership and create products that meet the array of organizational needs. Prior to working at Leading Elephants, Amber served as a leader in several capacities at Achievement First. In her early years at the charter management organization, she led a team of data strategists and supported many cross-cutting initiatives. Later, Amber served as a chief of staff in the COO Office. Amber has also served as a coach, strategy consultant, and interim Chief of Staff with charter networks across the US. Amber’s early career was as an economic consultant at Analysis Group where she supported expert witnesses testifying in corporate litigation.




Amber is passionate about


Helping leaders thrive. She was first exposed to the transformative work at Leading Elephants as a coachee, and she loves to share how her ongoing journey toward greater human-centered leadership enriches her life.




When not at work


Amber is based in Menlo Park, California. She loves her family, travel, her faith, and good food. And (to the chagrin and begrudged appreciation of her recipients!), she enjoys infusing work with cheesy memes and impromptu celebrations.





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OUR COMMUNITY

At Leading Elephants, we expand the community of support to bring diverse and technical skills to complex challenges.  Where appropriate, we partner with other organizations to help our clients receive help they need most.

MEET OUR

COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS

Diversity, Equity, And

Inclusion Partners

Academic strategy and

implementation partners

We seek to provide a seamless experience when our clients engage with multiple partners.

We work to jointly scope an initiative and what is needed.  Often, our partner will bring deep expertise and technical credibility and will facilitate meetings and advise on the “what” of an initiative.  Leading Elephants may support in the initiative design, stakeholder engagement, cultural healing, leadership coaching, and other elements of the “how” experience.
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See how Leading Elephants works with our partners to meet each organization's unique needs.

Case Study 1

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Our Client's
Story

A Charter Management Organization located in the North East came to Leading Elephants for help with:

1. Merging three organizations into one​

2. Navigating a redesign of their central office

 

3. Redesigning their academic team

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What Leading
Elephants did

—Facilitated merger conversations

—Developed the change management plan

 

—Reconstituted the leadership team

 

—Advised the new COO and CAO in day to day leadership

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What our
partner did

—Created a new academic model

 

—Selected curriculum

 

—Developed consistent academic practices

 

—Advised the organization design of the Academic Team

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