Mattice Haynes is known for masterful facilitation in groups of all sizes, across multiple identities and social justice issues. For twenty years, Mattice has cultivated meaningful and impactful meetings, workshops, convenings, initiatives, and planning processes which center the people most impacted by oppression while activating collective healing, learning, and action. She is a truth teller, relationship-builder, social justice facilitator, certified coach, and the Founding Consultant of The Art of Community, a twelve-year-old facilitation and consulting practice whose clientele includes local, regional and national nonprofit organizations, government, and philanthropy.
Mattice is a Black, southern woman, and mother who has worked with communities and organizations across the country while rooting her life and practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Much of her work has been with residents of disinvested neighborhoods and the organizations that support them, particularly Black residents and Black neighborhoods, helping to ensure resident voices and leadership shape city and regional policies, plans, investments, and culture. As an experienced designer and leader of large-scale, highly participatory, strategic engagements aimed at advancing more equitable organizations, collaboratives, and communities, Mattice has hosted hundreds of inclusive conversations and led local, regional, and national participatory processes addressing a broad range of systemic issues. Some examples include large public engagements to facilitate Mayoral transitions in New York City and Washington, DC with a focus on community-police relations, and affordable housing; focus groups with mothers with lived experience discussing how to break cycles of generational poverty in the Atlanta area; community conversations on mental health solutions in Sacramento, CA and Washington, DC as a part of a national dialogue; and a citywide community action planning process in Decatur, GA focusing on cultivating a more welcoming, inclusive and equitable city.
Mattice is a certified professional coach and soul doula who supports individuals to boldly engage in the inner work of cultivating their leadership for social justice, racial equity, and liberation. She is committed to advancing the self-determination, healing, and liberation of all Black people and people of color. She supports individuals, collectives, networks, neighborhoods, and communities with healing-centered coaching and facilitated experiences which seek to transform root causes of harm and injustice. Mattice is a champion for Black communities and Black people's inherent right to wholeness, health, and well-being.
Mattice earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Policy from Georgia State University and is a Certified Professional Diversity Coach (CPDC).