Love is the ultimate motivation of a transformative leader. Love inspires, it activates audacity, boldness and courage, and it generates boundless energy. Without love of a cause, how can we take a stand, how can we make sacrifices, how can we venture, how can we take risks? It is love that generates the energy that keeps us unfolding the future, that keeps us engaged, that keeps us in the groove.
— Hope Chigudu’s thoughts on ‘Riding the Waves of Activist Leadership’
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Mattice Haynes is a southern changemaker and emergent strategist who passionately works with leaders to cultivate shifts in power and culture which advance the self-determination, healing and liberation of black women, people of color and others with marginalized identities. She has twenty years of experience as a facilitator of highly participatory dialogue and action planning processes. Mattice now provides transformative coaching, leadership development, liberatory facilitation and design, and strategy advisement on racial justice, intersectional equity, and participatory democracy.

Mattice is the Founding Consultant of The Art of Community, a ten-year old facilitation and engagement consulting practice that is evolving into a black-woman-led, multiracial social justice collective of facilitators, coaches, organizers, writers, healers, researchers, activists, planners, educators and artists. Prior to sharpening her focus on racial justice, intersectional equity, coaching and leadership development, Mattice 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 earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Policy from Georgia State University and is a certified coach.