Founder and President
Lesley Curtis has worked as a researcher, educator, and writer in Europe, the US, and the Caribbean. She holds a Ph.D. from Duke University, where she studied the history of abolitionist movements. Lesley is an expert in narrative structure in English and French. Her deep knowledge of stories—how to craft them, how they work, and their value—is on display in the multiple essays and books she has authored. Her works on literature, culture, and gender have been published by leading presses and have appeared in top-rated journals.
Lesley’s experiences showed her that many organizations and individuals alike do not optimally leverage the power of their own stories. She founded Sagely in 2017 to help them do just that. Since then, Lesley has worked with clients to help them communicate effectively and confidently. Her projects have included communication development and strategy for large entities, such as the University of California and the nonprofit Back on My Feet, and communication consulting for ambitious entrepreneurs and top-rated academics.
Editor and Gender Equity Consultant
Jessica Martucci is a Senior Consultant with Sagely, where she co-leads the Supportive Schools Program with founder Lesley Curtis. A writer, historian, and bioethicist, Jessica also served as a research fellow at the Science History Institute’s Center for Oral History, leading the Science and Disability Oral History Project. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and was a postdoctoral fellow at their Perelman School of Medicine. Jessica is an expert in maternal health, public messaging, and issues of diversity and access in STEM. She has worked for multiple nonprofits and educational organizations advancing causes related to healthcare, equity, and the rights of the LGBTQI community.
On our antiracism team, Sagely partners with Brandyn Campbell, owner and founder of Brandyn Campbell Communications, who combines her passions for communications and diversity to help businesses build and articulate their commitment to racial justice. She has worked with high profile clients, including the Philadelphia Eagles and NFL and her writing has been featured in outlets such as Businessweek, FOX Sports, and Philadelphia Magazine. Drawing on her 15 years of experience managing diversity issues in international education and leading D&I trainings for educational leaders, Brandyn’s Antiracism Communications Services are a perfect synthesis of her expertise. Her signature method includes a 10-point evaluation of your social media and online content to identify opportunities to infuse diversity and antiracism throughout your communications.
Supportive Schools Consultant
Rachel Simon is the author of The Every Body Book: The LGBTQ+ Inclusive Book for Kids About Sex, Gender, Bodies, and Families. She works as a consultant and trainer for Sagely’s Supportive Schools Program, where she uses her expertise in education, psychology, and gender studies to help organizations promote gender inclusivity and equity. As a consultant, she recognizes the personal and cultural benefits of building a welcoming community and skillfully guides individuals and schools along this path. Rachel also works as a psychotherapist in Philadelphia, specializing in work with queer and transgender youth. She holds two graduate degrees in education and social work from Widener University and a B.A. in psychology and LGBT studies from the University of Maryland.
Cord Whitaker is a world-renowned scholar and professor of the history of race. He is an associate professor of English at Wellesley College and the author of Black Metaphors: How Modern Racism Emerged from Medieval Race-Thinking. He regularly serves as a consultant on Sagely’s antiracism communications team.
Web Designer, Graphic Designer, Illustrator
Chinua White is an illustrator and graphic and web designer with over a decade of experience developing logos, branding collateral, and assets for print and web environments. He is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign. Chinua has studied both design and computer programing, focusing on web and game development. He has worked with multiple start-ups and small businesses, using his expertise to enhance brand recognition and company efficiency.
Tina Aitala Engblom
Sagely partners with graphic designer Tina Aitala Engblom, who has spent nearly two decades working with multiple organizations, including nonprofits, schools, and healthcare providers in the Philadelphia area. She expertly designs marketing materials, logos, identity systems, publications, and social media and web graphics, creating synergy between image and word to produce striking and effective communications. Tina holds degrees in both design and psychology.
Social Media Consultant
Duchèn Hodge is a social media consultant at Sagely with extensive experience in making effective communication. As a student, he ran his own radio show and worked as an audio engineer. Now he advises clients on how to expand their audience online. Duchèn also has a contagious entrepreneurial spirit and loves creating on-brand messages and visuals.