deep equity


More and more nonprofits, foundations, capacity-building consulting firms, and others are seeking to delve deeply into the implications of equity for their work both externally and internally. While racial equity is usually at the center of this inquiry, we also recognize the intersectional nature of race, gender, language, socioeconomics, sexual identity, ability, religion, and other dimensions of difference.

MAG facilitates in-depth diversity, equity, and inclusion change management processes. Through these partnerships, we support individuals, organizations and groups to develop shared understanding, deepened capacity, courage, and to chart pathways forward for equity in their institutional cultures, structures, programming, operations, and leadership (including governance).

We believe that advancing deep equity requires ongoing attention to hearts, minds, behaviors, and systems. This means working toward outcomes in ways that model love, dignity, and justice without re-creating harm in our structures, strategies, and working relationships.

MAG brings compassion, integrity and experience into its partnerships with groups seeking to deepen their equity capacity. We support groups to make much-needed structural and cultural changes (including building capacity for difficult conversations), and to emerge from them with stronger bonds and a deepened commitment to advancing equity and justice.

We can help you:

  • More deeply understand the meaning of diversity, equity, and inclusion for your work by individual roles, institution-wide, and across institutions
  • Develop consensus across the organization/group on vision and directions
  • Identify and address the most intractable (and un-discussable) issues in your system with compassion and rigor
  • Design and implement short- and long-range change strategies
  • Build the capacity to implement with depth and fidelity to equity and your mission


  • Comprehensive individual, organizational, and field equity assessments
  • Crafting and honing shared vision to deeply embed equity throughout an organization or group
  • Strategic change processes and actionable plans to address structural inequity
  • Advancing culture change and relational shifts to promote healthier organizational and group climates (including healing at individual, team, and organizational levels)
  • Training to deepen understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion; power; privilege; (conscious and unconscious) bias; and other areas
  • Individual and team coaching
  • Promoting inner work as core to deep equity 
  • Multi-year strategic frameworks to guide next steps
  • Implementation guidance and support
  • Building confidence, courage, resilience, and will for individual and collective equity
  • Gathering and sharing lessons that help build capacity for advancing equity and collective liberation

In Our Client's Words

Photo: FSG

Photo: FSG

FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm that has always been made up of people who are passionate about contributing to social change and progress. Yet we had not always had a shared understanding of how social injustice functions, nor a consistent and intentional approach to pursuing equity in all the work we do.

Management Assistance Group conducted a comprehensive equity assessment of FSG, surfacing a range of opportunities for us to do better, and working collaboratively with us to develop concrete recommendations for bringing a deep—rather than superficial—focus on equity into our work. MAG helped clarify our vision for why diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical elements of all we do, and how these principles factor into our practice. MAG also pushed us to examine how we think about “competence” and to expand the ways in which we work to be more inclusive of a range of ways of thinking, being, and doing. Their work led us to experiment with new opportunities to partner in pursuit of social change, particularly with organizations that have been deeply focused on equity and social justice for decades. MAG gave us honest feedback, grounded their approach in love and a shared vision for what is possible, and enabled us to dig more deeply into who we are and how that informs the work we contribute to the world. Their ability to sensitively and gently push us to move beyond our comfort zones and consider things that at times felt deeply challenging was critical to our progress.

While we have a lot more work ahead, and recognize we are early in this transformative journey, we would not be where we are without the support and guidance from Sheryl, Mark, and Susan.

- Veronica Borgonovi, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, FSG


Photo: Meyer Foundation

Photo: Meyer Foundation

Over the last two years, Sheryl Petty, and more recently Susan Misra, of MAG, have worked hand in hand with the Meyer Foundation as we have undertaken a top to bottom, board and staff, operational and programmatic, shift to incorporate equity into who we are and how we work. Sheryl helped us identify the gaps in our understanding of and capacity for equity, helped fill those gaps with training and education, and worked with us to identify where and how to incorporate an equity lens in the organization. Sheryl pushed us when we needed pushing and supported and coached us when we needed support. And Susan has helped us understand how best to incorporate equity into our operations—from vendor selection to personnel policies. While we still have a long way to go, I can safely say that we would not be where we are but for the expertise and guiding force of MAG and we are individually and collectively better for having worked with MAG.

- Nicky Goren, President and CEO, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation








Five Elements of a Thriving Justice Ecosystem: Pursuing Deep Equity By Sheryl Petty and Amy B. Dean 

Inner Work as a Pathway to Collective Equity and Pleasure By Alison Lin

Seeing, Reckoning & Acting: A Practice Toward Deep Equity By Sheryl Petty