Rooted Consulting Group develops customized strategies and approaches to environmental advocacy and community engagement. We believe in the power of relationships and pride ourselves on authentic stakeholder engagement to build effective partnerships. We strive to be a foundation and trailblazing change agent to the environmental sector.
"At the Root of it all, we want to
inspire something REVOLUTIONARY. "
Seandra R. Pope, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Seandra is a well-respected, thought leader, innovative strategist and trusted authority who not only conceptualizes unique methods for developing strategies and building bridges across issues, sectors, demographics, and communities, but also offers facilitation and guidance for implementation of such methodologies.
Seandra was raised in GA, where she was baptized at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at Spelman College.
Seandra has, during the course of her career in strategic consulting, program creation and implementation, worked with SEIU as Lead Organizer and Program Manager, Sierra Club as Program Manager and SACE as the Director of Diversity and Community Partnerships, to name a few.
Seandra maintains a deep passion for engaging people in policy and works to establish the frameworks from which non-profit organizations, special interest groups, politicians, and the electorate can analyze and actively participate in energy, climate and environmental justice issues.
When not passionately pursuing the establishment of partnership between an empowered community at the grass-roots level and an informed and conscientious government at the policy-making levels, Seandra enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her husband Kevin, and their daughters, Victoria and Olivia.
Na'Taki Osborne Jelks, Co-Founder & Vice President
Na'Taki Osborne is the Vice President of Rooted Consulting Group. With over thirteen years of experience as an organizer, educator, and community builder working to improve environmental quality and quality of life for low-income and communities of color in Atlanta, Na'Taki has been recognized by and received numerous awards from a diverse set of organizations and agencies including the Georgia House of Representatives, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, the Environmental Careers Organization, the Turner Broadcasting Systems (TBS), and Former U.S. President, Bill Clinton.
She has also received recognition from Redbook, Ebony, Uptown, the Atlanta Tribune, Atlanta CityMag, and Atlanta Woman magazines. Na'Taki is an alumna of Spelman College. She earned her Master's of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health from Emory University.
Our clients hire us to serve as a trusted thought partner as they work through strategies for engaging new allies and activists. We assist our clients with analyzing the context in which they are operating, identifying strategic options and evaluation and selection of the best course of action.
We help our clients identify and implement community-based approaches to achieving policy change at the local, state, or federal level.
Whether a current or aspiring community involvement practitioner, building bridges across issues, sectors, demographics, or communities can be difficult. “Showing up” authentically where there is visible lack of alignment, historical barriers and/or contradictions can be an on-going challenge. We provide our clients a full range of communications services, external relations and strategic advisement for moving beyond “outreach” and towards true engagement and genuine relationship building to increase impact.