Founding President and Managing Director
Kingston Bay Group, LLC
Dr. Kecia Brown McManus is a scholar practitioner whose work focuses on professional and leadership development. With more than 30 years of combined experience in K-12 and Higher Education, Dr. Brown McManus currently serves as a teacher/faculty developer while collaborating with public schools, colleges and universities through her consulting firm, the Kingston Bay Group, LLC.
Active in professional circles, Dr. Brown McManus frequently guest lectures and presents at conferences. Recent presentations include “Understanding Organizational Dynamics in Education.” for the Lynch School of Education – Boston College; “Cutting the Apron Strings: Parenting and College Transition” for Parent University at Northeastern University; “Spirituality and Career Development of Black Women Leaders in Academe” at the Faculty Women of Color in the Academy Conference, and “The Enlightened Learner in Today’s Workplace: Bridging Boundaries to Link HR Practice to Adult Learning, Constructive-Developmental Theory, and Action Science” at the Academy of Human Resource Development Conference (AHRD).
Dr. Brown McManus has both faculty and administrative experience working collaboratively towards capacity building and the holistic success of students, faculty, staff and administrators. She is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in public school education and utilizes her experience to design innovative professional development programs for institutions in urban settings. Most recently, she was appointed as chief program designer and lead facilitator for a diversity pipeline program for Boston residents to support students in the largest and oldest public school district in the nation – Boston Public Schools (BPS). The Community Paraprofessional Development Program (CPDP) seeks to increase the racial, cultural and linguistic diversity of the paraprofessional pool in order to support the talented young scholars BPS serves.
While her work pulls from the latest in theory and research, the roots of her work are in her story. Kecia was born and raised in Inglewood, CA. There, she developed her skills of inquiry and research, relationship building and management, resourcefulness, and negotiation while navigating hostile environments. Kecia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California, a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego, and a Doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teacher’s College, Columbia University in New York City.
The Kingston Bay Group (KBG) is a coaching, consulting and search firm specializing in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and serving Higher Education and Public P-12 Schools and Districts. Our diverse team of associates brings enterprise-wide experience, and will work collaboratively with you to address the full range of your DEI needs.
KBG provides products and services which help embed culturally responsive, data driven practices within institutional structures, processes and practices. Ours is a strengths based approach, grounded in systems thinking, which promotes sustainable growth.
The KBG team members are educators, researchers and strategic thinkers with experience in both P-12 and higher education. Working in teams, our services are informed by multiple perspectives in order to provide you with the highest level of counsel and services.
Based in Massachusetts, we offer our services national-wide, and internationally. We look forward to working with you to advance your organizations Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals.
Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz is one of the most sought after educational experts that inspires & captivates any audience. He has mastered the art of addressing these delicate topics of 21st century education, immigration, & Black/Brown male youth development. He translates these issues so that it is relevant to participants by providing a rare expertise through his lived experience as an immigrant of color and learned experience through earning a doctorate in International & Multicultural Education. Consequently, his creative & unique approach provides schools with the insight of the challenges as well as innovative tools for students and teachers in the classroom. He has been featured in a documentary that focuses on contemporary civil rights activists and has traveled around the country as an inspirational ‘Spoken Word’ storyteller. His fresh and compelling vision brings collaboration between the private and public sectors, providing solutions to humanize the educational process for every student & educator. He believes we cannot have educational excellence without equity. (www.youtube.com/user/e3education)
Dr. Arauz received his BA in Education and MA in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He received his Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco. His dissertation research focused on the racial identity development of undocumented Latino youth. He currently is the Executive Director of E3: Education Excellence & Equity and an adjunct professor at Dominican University. In addition, he has served as a trustee for several independent schools and educational organizations.
Stuart Calvin Lord is the Chairman of Delta Developmental, and a Senior Associate with the Kingston Bay Group. Lord is an American educator and academic specializing in service-learning, multicultural and spiritual education, leadership and ethics.
Previously, Lord was a Professor of Sociology and Service Learning and at DePauw University, the Associate Provost and Dean of the Tucker Foundation, executive director of the President’s Summit for America’s Future, Executive Director of the Grover L. Hartman Center and associate provost of Dartmouth College. In 2009 Lord became the fifth president of Naropa University, and the University’s first Black president. In 2011, Lord stepped down from the presidency of Naropa University and took on the role of Executive Director of the Emergency Family Assistance Association in Boulder, CO. In 2014, Lord was named senior associate for the Kingston Bay group, overseeing the development and coordination of the Higher Education portfolio working with university presidents, trustees, and senior administrators.
Born in New Rochelle, New York and placed in foster care, Lord expressed an interest in community activism from an early age. In the 3rd grade Lord had a profound response to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., inspiring him to lead a life of service and inclusivity. In his youth, Lord was a member of Boy Scouts of America and was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Lord attended New Rochelle High School where he graduated as an All-American athlete.
Lord attended Texas Christian University (TCU), receiving his Bachelor of Religious Studies and a minor in Sociology. He went on to earn Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary with a specialization in multicultural education.
As the Assistant Vice President of University Communications at the University of San Diego, I lead a team of professionals charged with institutional media relations, web communications, crisis communications and social media marketing. As the chief university spokesperson, I am responsible for emergency planning and communications response, issues management, crisis planning and communications. I work closely with the University’s executive leadership, faculty, staff and students to implement public relations strategies that advance the mission of the University of San Diego by educating and informing internal and external constituencies about key institutional initiatives and priorities.
Since joining USD in 1997, I have enjoyed helping USD build stronger partnerships between the University and the San Diego community at large. It is my ongoing goal to strengthen the university’s reputation as an excellent educational institution and an invaluable community partner.
Before assuming the assistant vice president role in 2003, I served as USD’s Community and Government Relations director.
An active member of the campus community, I am serving or have served on a variety of campus committees. Currently, I am a member of the Changemaker Hub Core Group, the Rankings Committee and the Commencement Committee. I am also the proud co-founder of the Black Student Retention and Recognition Committee.
In the community, I serve on the board of La Jolla Country Day School where I am the chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee. I recently joined the board of the Birthing Project, USA, an international organization and resource center for improving birth outcomes for women of color. I am a member of the California Elected Women’s Association for Education and Research; the Public Relations Society of America, San Diego; and Jack and Jill of America, Inc., San Diego Chapter.
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The Kingston Bay Group, LLC is a Minority-Woman Owned, Equal Opportunity Employer.