a)plan coaching
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Specializes in:

  • Leadership & Organizational Development
  • Strategic Thinking/Planning
  • Effective Communication

Brian Gadsden brings 10 years of experience as a coach. He works with individuals to bring their full selves to their lives, work and relationships.

Brian brings 20+ years of experience in leadership positions in the public sector and extensive experience working at the intersection of the public, private, and governmental sectors. He is passionate about transformational leadership, racial equity and inclusion, and building strong supportive, healthy, communities.
Brian lives in Oakland, California with his wife, Danielle, and son, Isaac. 

Education & Credentials

  • MPA, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
  • BA, The George Washington University
  • Newfield Network Foundations coaching training
  • Body and Movement coach training (an advanced coach training program with Newfield Network)
  • Rockwood Leadership Institute

Clients that have benefited from Brian’s support include The San Francisco Foundation, Marin Community Foundation, Association of Black Foundation Executives, Minnesota Council on Foundations, Cowell Foundation, United Way Bay Area, Emerging Practitioners In Philanthropy, Magic Johnson Foundation, Oakland Unified School District, San Francisco Unified School District, College Track, PolicyLink, Marin Promise, Surge Institute, Year Up, Google, Social Venture Partners, ICA/Fund Good Jobs and many others non-profits and foundations.

Client Testimonials

“Brian helped me to reconnect with my passion for my work and gain the perspective I needed to navigate through a challenging period of my professional path. With support from Brian’s experience, guidance and kindness, I was able to make good choices that have lead me in a very positive direction.”

Lilly Green, Director

“One of my key takeaways working with Brian was increased self-awareness and an ability to leverage that heightened self-awareness to better understand my ability to lead, influence others, manage emotion, and to also reexamine assumed power dynamics that may not be serving me well. I left the experience of working with Brian with a framework that I often call upon when examining my motivations in certain areas and in making key decisions.”

Barry Nelson, Director
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