Track: Thriving and Vibrant Nonprofit Sector

Commitment: Advancing Equity

Format: Project-Based
Level of Learning: Learner

“The future of America depends on equity—just and fair inclusion in a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential,” said Angela Glover Blackwell, CEO of PolicyLink, and Mark Kramer, FSG Founder and Managing Director, in a co-written article. “The private sector is the next frontier for the equity movement, and racial equity is the next frontier for corporate America.”

This session will discuss the creation and development of SaintA’s Equity Council. Being fully aware of the plight that resonates throughout our organizations and the community at large, proactive approaches are vital to ensure organizational health and success. This knowledge and commitment to innovation led to the creation of the Equity Council and the Chief Equity and Human Capital Officer position. Advancements in equitable and inclusive practices are demonstrated within our processes and with clients, staff, and community in intentional ways. The presenters will detail the process of aligning the work of SaintA’s Diversity Committee and Historical Trauma Working Group under the umbrella of equity. They’ll also discuss the alignment of the council with the organization’s mission and strategic goals, as well as, provide a checklist of questions for participants who are considering this platform to advance their equity efforts. The presenters will also share lessons learned at SaintA.  

Learning Objectives

  • How the Equity Council was created at SaintA
  • How survey results are incorporated
  • Develop a checklist of questions to consider in developing an equity council
  • How to align equity and inclusion work to respective organizational strategic goals


  • Kenyatta Sinclair, chief equity and human capital officer, SaintA (@KenyattaSinclai)
  • Ann Leinfelder Grove, president and CEO, SaintA 

Kenyatta Sinclair
Chief Equity and Human Capital Officer

Kenyatta Sinclair is a dedicated professional with over two decades of experience. She is a leadership development professional, strategic partner, coach, facilitator, and trainer. Over the course of her career she has reorganized, consulted, and been employed with schools, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. In these roles, she has consistently sought to increase efficiency, employ best practices, increase innovation, enhance staff capacity, work to advance equitable and inclusive practices, and positively impact families and communities. She is known as a professional who creates, develops, and re-ignites people, programs, and purpose.

Sinclair currently serves as chief equity and human capitol officer at SaintA, where she oversees the diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. She also continues to provide learning and development opportunities for organizational leaders. She has a plethora of human services program management and experience.

She is a certified trainer of Crucial Conversations, Color Code, and Independent Love and Logic. She has a master’s in management from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee and is currently pursuing her doctorate in leadership for the advancement of learning and service from Cardinal Stritch University.

Ann Leinfelder Grove
President and CEO

Ann Leinfelder Grove is the president and CEO of SaintA. She uses her more than 25 years of executive leadership experience across all programmatic and administrative functions of the $30 million human services organization. Leinfelder was a leader of SaintA’s trauma-informed care initiative, implementing the Seven Essential Ingredients (7ei) across all programs. She is instrumental in the advancement of equity as a priority for SaintA, in case practice, community relations, and in staff recruitment and retention. Leinfelder co-founded SaintA’s Historical Trauma Working Group in 2015 and has served as a member of the group since its founding. As CEO, she supports and advises the Equity Council in its work. Leinfelder has a master’s in business management and is involved at the state and national levels in the trauma-informed care movement.