M. Burnett

Chief Executive Officer
Community Development Specialist

Monitoring and Evaluation 80%
Participatory Mapping 90%

Named one of Forbes Magazine’s Top 100 under 30 Scholars, Charla is a community mediator that specializes in strategic planning and decision support technologies. She holds a BA in Global Studies, MA in Conflict Transformation, and a Ph.D. in Global Governance and Human Security. She has conducted evaluation research for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). She’s also the founder of two successful nonprofit organizations- Refugees Welcome! and the International Society for Participatory Mapping (ISPM).

Jeffrey holds a Ph.D in Public Policy from University of Massachusetts Boston and specializes in understanding the policy process of legalizing cannabis and implementing equitable outcomes that benefit communities impacted by criminalization. Dr. Moyer is a proud AmeriCorps VISTA alumni and teaches at Suffolk University and Northeastern University. He has worked in variety of organizations and capacities to ensure legal compliance and adherence to values of transparency and accountability. Jeffrey is committed to ensuring those that are not traditionally included get a seat at the table, and seeks to work with organizations that are looking to expand opportunities and capabilities both internally and externally.

Jeffrey Moyer

Public Policy and Social Equity Legislation

Public Policy Analyst
Compliance 89%
Transparency 90%

Jeff aspires to serve his community in many ways. As a first-generation college graduate, he received his BA in Political Science and Philosophy/Applied Ethics from Western Michigan University in 2011 and earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Michigan – Dearborn in 2016. With an emphasis on practical learning, Jeff gained policy experience working with Detroit-area nonprofits and Detroit Public Schools. He has led progressive campaigns for gubernatorial, mayoral, congressional and Senate races on behalf of organizations such as Planned Parenthood Votes, Color of Change, Center for Community Change, Clean Energy, and Healthy Michigan.

Jeff Spangler

Public Administration
and Policy Advocacy

Political Strategy
Field Management 99%
Voter Outreach 85%

George Chichirau

Public Policy and Urban Planning

Policy Analyst
Sustainability 92%
Urban Planning
Transportation 85%

George’s primary research focus is on how to best integrate environmental sustainability, social justice and economic efficiency, particularly in regards to public transit policy and urban housing development, though he has experience conducting cost-benefit analyses and projections in many other areas. His lifelong research agenda revolves around creating a new public policy theoretical framework that is explicitly grounded in behavioral economics, ecological economics, institutional mapping and systems thinking. George is a doctoral candidate in Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts.


Nicole Reid

Lead Generation Specialist
Behavioral Health and the Environment

Mental Health
Trauma-informed Program Development 97%
Environmental Protection
Policy Advocacy 90%

Nicole Reid has a Master’s Degree in Sociology and a BA in Criminal Justice and Organizational Communication. Nicole has over ten years of experience in substance abuse and criminal justice, in both the non-profit and government sectors. She specializes in Drug Treatment Courts, Medication Assisted Treatment and jail populations. Nicole also has four years of experience as an adjunct college professor. She is a progressive activist, experienced campaign organizer and ran for office in 2016. Nicole is dedicated to combating climate change through the use of renewable energy and sustainable living practices.



The collective is a research consultancy for technical experts looking to do more for their communities.  Our consultants provide support services to small businesses, nonprofits, and municipal governments. Together we help build capacity with technology and foster collaboration between organizations and groups. 

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