Marlysa D. Gamblin is the Founder and CEO of GamblinConsults, LLC. She specializes in how to promote racial equity in a way that actively dismantles anti-Blackness and centers racial justice and liberation. Her educational background is African American studies with a focus on race and politics from the University of California, Berkeley and she received her Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She often likes to say that she learned how to deconstruct the world by study the history of her people, and she learned how to put that deconstruction into tangible practice by studying the application of policy.
Marlysa started off as a community organizer against anti-Black police brutality, and later worked in policymaking institutions including capitol hill, in Washington DC. She sees this work as connected and understands the importance of community-centered, community-led models in the creation of policy, programs, and any other effort to address the realities we see in society--in large part as a result of her grassroots experience working with and alongside community. For the last several years, Marlysa has been a leading expert in the field of policy, research, analysis and program design. She has helped policymakers and people influencing the policy process understand what racial equity is and concrete steps for how to operationalize this in policy design, implementation and evaluation. Many of Marlysa's tools have been ground breaking, giving people working in policy and program design a way forward to not only talk about racial equity, but implement it in real time, for such a time as this. Follow Marlysa on social media!