For-profit

Nicole Anderson and Associates Consulting

Website:

https://www.nicoleandersonconsulting.com/

Type:

For-profit Education Consulting Firm

Location:

Vallejo, California

Owner:

Nicole Anderson

Nicole Anderson and Associates Consulting is a left-leaning education consulting firm based in California that provides critical race theory-aligned “diversity, equity, and inclusion” consulting services to K-12 public school districts. The firm was founded by Nicole Anderson, who previously was a diversity and equity consultant for the Association of California School Administrators.

The firm has been profiled by right-leaning advocacy group Parents Defending Education in its “Consultant Report Card” as one of dozens of left-leaning consulting firms hired by public school systems. In terms of revenue, it was ranked as the ninth-largest education consulting firm in the country, bringing in nearly $480,000 in consulting fees since 2018. The firm has primarily consulted for school districts, school boards, nonprofits, and community colleges in California. [1] [2] [3] [4]

Background

Nicole Anderson and Associates Consulting LLC was formed by Nicole Anderson in 2018. Anderson had most recently worked for the Association of California School Administrators as a trainer on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. The firm’s website lists dozens of California school districts for which it has consulted. Parents Defending Education collected financial information from public records and Freedom of Information Act requests about the firm’s contracts with public school districts, revealing that it collected at least nearly $480,000 since its founding in 2018, with much of its work being completed in 2020 and 2021. The firm was ranked ninth out of the left-leaning education consulting firms profiled by the organization in terms of revenue collected. [5] [6]

Consulting services offered generally are billed at $2,500 a day and include services such as an educational and racial equity workshop series, equity coaching, equity impact planning, equity walks and audits, school superintendent searches, school principal coaching, book studies, and keynote speeches. [7]

Clients

Of the available information regarding payments from school districts to Nicole Anderson and Associates and Consulting, most were for consulting services to California-based school districts, central school district offices, and school boards. Contracts with the firm have included over $100,000 total from the Alameda County Office of Education; $264,000 from the Moreno Valley Unified School District; and $36,000 from the San Diego County School District. Other clients of the firm include the Fairfield-Susan Unified School District, the California Department of Education, Bakersfield City Unified School District, Salinas Union High School District, Santa Clara County Office of Education, and the Lewisville (TX) Independent School District. [8]

The firm also hosts an “Equity Retreat” at a villa in California, where public school systems can pay to send school administrators for a luxury retreat and conference discussing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. [9]

People

Nicole Anderson and Associates Consulting is led by Nicole Anderson, who founded the firm in 2018. Anderson was previously the first ever “equity executive” for the Association of California School Administrators, where she conducted diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings for ASCA members and state board members as well as coordinated the California Leadership Equity Alliance. Before working for ASCA, Anderson was an elementary school principal and a high school vice principal in Vallejo, California. Anderson’s grandfather is the namesake of the high school in Vallejo. [10]

Other consultants listed as associated for the firm include a variety of freelance consultants who in some cases work at other consulting firms. [11]

References

  1. “Our Clients.” Nicole Anderson and Associates Consulting. Accessed October 29, 2021. https://www.nicoleandersonconsulting.com/our-clients.html ^
  2. “Mrs. Nicole Anderson.” McPherson and Jacobson LLC. Accessed October 29, 2021. https://macnjake.com/consultant/mrs-nicole-anderson/ ^
  3. “Home.” Nicole Anderson and Associates Consulting. Accessed October 29, 2021. https://www.nicoleandersonconsulting.com/ ^
  4. “Pacific Educational Group.” Parents Defending Education. Accessed October 28, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/pacific-educational-group-inc/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwlOmLBhCHARIsAGiJg7kQZhUq6YMK97CY8Md7bZrFeiODOq8JepfxHo7xCB6bEqRJo8gzuOcaAohvEALw_wcB ^
  5. “Pacific Educational Group.” Parents Defending Education. Accessed October 28, 2021.  https://defendinged.org/report/pacific-educational-group-inc/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwlOmLBhCHARIsAGiJg7kQZhUq6YMK97CY8Md7bZrFeiODOq8JepfxHo7xCB6bEqRJo8gzuOcaAohvEALw_wcB ^
  6. “Pacific Educational Group.” Parents Defending Education. Accessed October 28, 2021.  https://defendinged.org/report/pacific-educational-group-inc/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwlOmLBhCHARIsAGiJg7kQZhUq6YMK97CY8Md7bZrFeiODOq8JepfxHo7xCB6bEqRJo8gzuOcaAohvEALw_wcB ^
  7. “Pacific Educational Group.” Parents Defending Education. Accessed October 28, 2021.   https://defendinged.org/report/nicole-anderson-and-associates-consulting/ ^
  8. “Pacific Educational Group.” Parents Defending Education. Accessed October 28, 2021.   https://defendinged.org/report/nicole-anderson-and-associates-consulting/ ^
  9. “Equity Now Retreat.” Nicole Anderson and Associates Consulting. Accessed October 29, 2021. https://www.nicoleandersonconsulting.com/equity-now-retreat.html ^
  10. “Mrs. Nicole Anderson.” McPherson and Jacobson LLC. Accessed October 29, 2021. https://macnjake.com/consultant/mrs-nicole-anderson/ ^
  11. “Our Team.” Nicole Anderson and Associates Consulting. Accessed October 29, 2021. https://www.nicoleandersonconsulting.com/our-team.html ^
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