Who We Are

Vermont Partnership for Fairness & Diversity is a division of the CRJ Consulting Group, L3C whose vision is a Vermont recognized as the national model on the practice of inclusive and equitable business and institutional practices. Vermont Partnership maintains a small staff, draws from a pool of multidisciplinary consultants, and offers professional development internships to students from institutions of higher education.

Our People

Curtiss Reed, Jr. <creed@vtpfd.org>
Executive Director

creed-180x180

Curtiss Reed, Jr. serves as President of the CRJ Consulting Group, L3C and Executive Director of Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity. Reed provides expert training and coaching on inclusion, bias, and equity to state agency, municipal, institutional and business clients as well as community organizations across Vermont. He serves as Chair of the Vermont Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and sits on statewide commissions dealing with law enforcement, education, and minority health issues.

Reed is the driving force behind four statewide initiatives: The Vermont African American Heritage Trail, The Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future Initiative, I Am A Vermonter, and The Think Tank for Vermont Leaders of Color. After 18 consecutive years working and living overseas in Arabic, Portuguese, and French speaking countries, Reed returned to Vermont in 2001. Reed’s consulting experience spans four decades in both international and domestic markets. Recipient of multiple honors and awards, in 2015 the School for International Training Graduate Institute awarded Reed a Doctorate of Humane Letters Honoris Causa for his life’s work to make Vermont a desirable destination for all.

 

Dr. Mary Gannon, Ed.D. <mgannon@vtpfd.org>
Consultant/Trainer

mgannon-180x180

Mary has been an educator and independent consultant in social justice education and progressive school reform issues for over twenty years. Currently she is working with public and independent schools and institutes of higher education to address and strategize on various issues of social justice, multicultural education and harassment and bullying. She maintains Adjunct Associate Professor status at Smith College’s School for Social Work, where she has been teaching courses on racism and institutional discrimination to social work practitioners since 1996. Working with youth is one of her great passions and is evident in her 17 years as a faculty member with the Governor’s Institute on Current Issues and Youth Activism in Brattleboro, VT. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Interpersonal Communication and Gender, M.Ed. in Organizational Development and Group Process and Ed.D. in Social Justice Education, all from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

She is currently a member of the Antioch Center for School Renewal at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH, which is associated with The Coalition of Essential Schools.  She is a past Board Member with the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) and has worked with NAME in several different capacities since 1993, most recently as Regional Director for New England and as a National Board Member.  Dr. Gannon is a founding member of LOFT Foundation for Educational Reform, a non-profit progressive school reform organization committed to transforming education through educational leadership and social justice initiatives. She currently works with the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity as an equity consultant and trainer on issues of implicit bias, inclusion, and equity.