Bio

Brigette Rouson, Principal, Rouson Associates, brings more than a quarter century of experience building organizational effectiveness toward a just society. She works independently and as part of the RoadMap collaborative, which is focused on strengthening national and regional social justice organizations. She consults on organizational change and leadership development, provides training and facilitation, designs and manages capacity-building initiatives, conducts action research, and serves as a dynamic speaker. Current projects include intensive multi-year and short-term engagements with social change organizations.

Brigette works with key organizations in the public interest sector—nonprofit and government, large and small—to facilitate change and foster growth. She has served clients independently, through Maryland Nonprofits, and in other collaborations. She is a co-founder of the Diverse City Fund, a grassroots fund that supports changemakers of color by providing grants that center the experiences of artist-activists, queer people of color, youth, returning citizens and others working for liberation. She also was involved in forming Train the Movement, which offers training and facilitation to strengthen racial justice activism in DC. Formerly with Alliance for Nonprofit Management, she served as program director for the 1,000-membership organization, and played a pivotal role in developing professional standards for capacity-building professionals in the nonprofit sector. There, Brigette served as project manager, researcher, and co-author of the book Embracing Cultural Competency: A Roadmap for Nonprofit Capacity Builders.

Rooted in her commitment to wellbeing and equity, she is a talented session leader, presenting at such conferences as Creating Change, Grantmakers in Health, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. She also works to inspire others in her keynote speeches for audiences of as many as 800, such as when she addressed the National Association for Interpretation.

Brigette’s commitment to growth is advanced through networked professional service and development. She uses an intersectional lens to support power-sharing. A public policy attorney in a previous career, she served as the legal and regulatory affairs director for a national media association.

Brigette has taught at universities in Philadelphia and DC, and worked as a journalist covering Capitol Hill. Brigette is a graduate of Howard University (B.A.), Georgetown University (J.D.), and University of Pennsylvania (M.A.) where she completed all coursework toward a Ph.D. in Communications and Culture. She is a member of the DC Bar since 1983. Understanding the vital importance of self-care in the struggle, she enjoys performances by her musician son, and relaxing to live music or theater with her life partner.