Depending on the needs of our clients, Optimistic Anthropology collaborates on projects with other independent and small consultancies. This allows us to to build the team with the necessary knowledge, experience, and expertise to support out clients’ success. Here are a few of our brilliant and amazing colleagues!

Natalia Celine Arias, Multidisciplinary Designer

Natalia Celine Arias is a multidisciplinary artist and designer from Miami, Florida. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art, where she also focused on Sound Art, Illustration, and Video/Film Arts. With a passion for creative direction and exploring nostalgia, she dedicates herself to music, film, and food while emphasizing strong ties to diversity in the entertainment industry within her work. She currently resides in Baltimore, MD where she actively explores design as the Multimedia Designer for Hungry Harvest. She also performs spoken word poetry and music as her alter ego, CELINE.

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Alice Chen, Wayfinding Wisdom

Alice Chen is a Coach & Principal Experience Architect of Wayfinding Wisdom. She works with socially conscious, mission-driven leaders and organizations to develop collaborative & inclusive approaches to leadership that integrate heart & head, foster innovation, and transform relationships, impact and the bottom line. She believes in the power of wayfinding - leveraging listening, observation and experimentation to go beyond the status quo & embody solutions grounded in user needs. Alice is an organizational development consultant & certified coach with over 15 years of experience in adult learning, program design, diversity and inclusion, culture transformation, & leadership development. Through her firm Wayfinding Wisdom, Alice has worked with hundreds of leaders across a diverse array of non-profit and for-profit organizations in government, business, education, and technology including The State of Hawai’i, the Cities of Oakland & San Francisco, Lyft, UBER, Google, Facebook, Westfield Centres, BlackRock, WellsFargo, Teach For America, Boys & Girls Club of America, the Hewlett Foundation, and the U.S. Soccer Foundation. Alice holds an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in adult learning and development from University of Hawai’i at Manoa, as well as certificates in adaptive leadership, immunity to change, and equity coaching. She is also a certified yoga & mindfulness teacher and scuba instructor. Alice is currently based out of Oakland, California.

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Tiffany Manuel, The Case Made

Dr. Tiffany Manuel is the President and CEO of TheCaseMade, a public benefit corporation dedicated to helping leaders powerfully and intentionally make the case for systems change. In this role, Dr. Manuel works with hundreds of passionate social change leaders, changemakers and innovators around the United States who are building better, stronger communities that are diverse, equitable and inclusive. By aligning their community stakeholders around the kind of deep systems changes that can improve population outcomes, these leaders are able to grow their impact, scale their programs, and harness the investments they need to improve their communities.

Dr. Manuel is a dynamic speaker, thought leader, and writer on the issues of community development, social change and cross-sector partnerships. Trained as a social scientist, she is committed to building the capacity of changemakers and leaders to grow their social impact. She has worked to expand opportunity for low-income workers, families and communities through 25+ years of professional and volunteer experience spanning the private and non-profit sectors, government and academia. She is the primary architect of the Opportunity360, a data platform with more than 100k+ users in the community development field, it remains the most comprehensive data platform for practitioners looking to advance systems change and population outcomes. Dr. Manuel is passionate about translating the insights harvested from this work to increase opportunities for public deliberation and public will-building around the issues of poverty, inequality and social exclusion. Dr. Manuel holds doctorate and master’s degrees in public policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a master’s degree in political science from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.

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