Driven by her zealousness for Racial Equity and inclusive policy writing, Yashika is a Co-Founder and Senior Consultant with Thomas and Smith Consulting and Editing LLC. Yashika's extensive background in equity and inclusive engagement practices across different sectors is what inspired the birth of Thomas and Smith Consulting and Editing LLC. Yashika has a knack for supporting our clients or as she calls them; collaborative partners, on their journey to embedding equity into the culture of their organizations. She is also a highly experienced curriculum developer and coaching specialist for both professional development and personal growth.
-I am a garden. I only accept living things. I only produce living things. Dead things have no place in my garden.
As a Racial Justice Advocate with an extensive amount of lived experience, an unmatched passion for systemic change and an admiration for community empowerment, Robert is a Co-Founder and Principle Partner with the firm. Robert is a racial equity and racial justice expert with a major focus on systems reform and innovative problem solving. Robert is an enthusiastic public speaker, his research informs all of our curriculum products, he does marketing, recruitment and he supports the strategic collaboration with our partnering firms.
-A system dependent upon the disenfranchisement of its citizens for profit is criminal and seeks to serve no one outside of itself.
With a passion for the inclusiveness and human rights related to race, LGBTQIA+ and differently-abled citizens, Teriyiah is an invaluable asset to the firm. As the Inclusive Consultation Apprentice, Teriyiah is the first point of contact with our clients, she informs the content in the curriculums we write and she facilitates follow-up sessions with new and existing clients. Teriyiah's educational goals are to practice Family and Criminal Law, to own her own Law Firm and a Veterinary Clinic.
The only limits I have in life are the ones that I set in my own mind.
A true visionary and political connoisseur with just the right amount of humanity and leadership; Keith Young Consulting and Thomas and Smith Consulting and Editing LLC has formed an alliance. Keith Young, the Principle Consultant of Keith Young Consulting, a former member of Asheville City Council, A primary advocate for the implementation of the city’s first Equity and Inclusion office and the champion proposer of “Reparations and Reparations Funding”( which was the first of its kind on any level); Keith is a trailblazer in his own right with a track record to corroborate it.
During his tenure on Council, Keith Young drafted many equitable policies including “Ban the Box”, “Written Consent for Police searches”, authored a book, studied public policy at Harvard and prioritized his most important role as a father and a life partner. Keith's latest but certainly not last role as an advisor to Vice-President Joe Biden's election campaign, helping to work on critical policy and shaping African American engagement, eventually led to the election of President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
To be an enthusiast for growth without challenging the limitations of a box is a paradox; I choose to focus not only on intent but also impact.
With a heart for single mothers and the houseless population, Shakira Davidson is a vital part of the thread that keeps our firm together. She enjoys learning new skills and expanding her knowledge around equity, inclusion and connecting people to resources that support their success. She has an extensive amount of lived experience that inevitably makes a great thought partner and advocate.
Everything starts with a seed. Every joy, every accomplishment, every dream brought into fruition started as a seed. I believe that it is a fine time for us all to sprout.