I coach people who want to be free and who cultivate the conditions for our communities to be free. I facilitate experiences for groups to practice healing and liberation together.
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Mattice Haynes is a Black, southern woman & mama, coach, somatic healer, and master facilitator with twenty years of experience leading social change meetings, workshops, and planning processes. She is the Founding Consultant of The Art of Community, a more than decade-old Atlanta-based social justice consulting practice, whose clientele includes dozens of grassroots, local, regional and national organizations.

Mattice supports individuals and groups to boldly engage in the inner and outer work necessary to transform the root causes of racial and gender oppression. Building on her local racial justice work, she is helping to launch The Black Mecca Project (TBMP) which is a call for Atlantans to deepen our collective commitment to being a city free of anti-black racism, classism, and gender oppression. TBMP is rooted in a love of freedom, Atlanta, the South, and all Black people!

For more than a decade, Mattice facilitated dozens of community engagement projects involving more than ten thousand people in planning and decision-making on a broad range of systemic issues. A few examples include:

  • convening hundreds of displaced New Orleanians in Atlanta post Hurricane Katrina to reclaim recovery planning and decision-making from special interests

  • large public engagements in New York City and Washington, DC with a focus on community-police relations and affordable housing

  • regional transportation planning forums across the 10-county metro Atlanta region

  • community conversations on mental health solutions in Sacramento, CA and Washington, DC as a part of a national dialogue

  • an equity-centered, citywide community action planning process in Decatur, GA engaging more than a thousand residents and community partners

Mattice earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Policy from Georgia State University and she is a Certified Professional Diversity Coach (CPDC).