Dr. Johnnie McKinley leads a multiethnic and multigenerational collective that helps diverse organizations close business performance, learning, opportunity, and organizational capacity gaps. As a WA State Minority Women Owned Small Business, we apply our collective expertise in fundraising, organizational and technology systems development; organizational evaluation; event and conference coordination; training; and production/promotion of the arts.

Over 22 years, Dr. McKinley has submitted and managed over $105.004B in funding applications and contract bids for municipalities, school districts, state agencies, and for-profit and nonprofit businesses. From 6/13/18 – 2/8/21, six nonprofit clients were awarded $14.7M for children, youth, and family programs. From 7/15/18 – 8/31/18, four non-profit clients were awarded $1.875M in municipal and foundation capital funds for their housing, social services, education, and construction projects including King County Best Starts for Kids funding. With Jonathan McKinley, JMA Vice-President, Dr. McKinley developed a $2.9B Grand Bahamas Redevelopment Plan netting the client an initial $900M investment in 2021.


  • Ed. D. (2004) Seattle University. Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a Cognate in Business Administration
  • MA ABS (1992) MA in Applied Behavioral Science; with Emphasis in Organizational Development and Leading/Consulting in Social Systems. City University, Bellevue, WA
  • BA cum laude Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL. Dual Majors – Spanish and English

Author and Consultant

  • Small Business Financial, Program & Capacity Development
  • National Evaluation of Bias, Fairness, and Sensitivity in
    Curriculum and Assessments
  • Award-nominated Research – Culturally Responsive Education
  • Early Childhood Education Programs
  • Positive Youth Development Programs
  • Dissertation Program Faculty

Key Clients and Major Consultancies – Selected Listing

Business Development Projects

  • Public Health Seattle-King County Environmental Health Services and Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA
  • WA DSHS, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Olympia, WA & The Toston Education Group, LLC
  • Chinese Information Service & King County Sexual Assault Centers
  • Love by the Slice Bakery and Catering Co. LLC, Tacoma, WA
    (Serving low-income residents of color)
  • Coakley International’s $2.9B Grand Bahamas Redevelopment Plan

Mckinley’s Roles

  • Project Evaluator – 2017- 2021 – Lead Awareness in Underserved Communities and Capacity Building Project
  • Developed Start-Up Feasibility Assessment and Business Plan and Developed Grant funding Proposals
  • Strategic Planning Facilitator
  • Developed Business Plan and Successful Contract Bid -Tacoma Community Services Department Social Enterprise Partnership
  • Consultants developing Business Plan securing $900M investment

Financial development of over $79.7m in contracts and grants, start-up, and irs 501c3 certification for scores of for-profits and non-profits serving multicultural communities, including

  • Beacon Hill Hub, Seattle, WA
  • Bella’s Creative Learning Center & Pathways Enrichment Academy
  • Black Education Strategy Roundtable, Lacey, WA
  • Central Area Youth Association (CAYA), Seattle, WA
  • Children’s Home Society of WA and United Way of King County – Grant writing training for Somali Executive Directors
  • Ethiopian Community in Seattle Housing Task Force
  • Global Human Services in USA, Ethiopia, Kenya & Somalia
  • Public Health-Seattle & King County Hazardous Waste Training for East African Home Childcare Providers – Contract for JMA Group, Horn of Africa Services, and Causey’s Learning Centers
  • RAP Youth of Kent, WA
  • Seed of Life Center for Early Learning and Preschool, LLC
  • Integration Family Services – A Somali-focused Nonprofit
  • Urban Financial Services Coalition-Puget Sound, Seattle
  • Voices of Tomorrow, King County, WA

Multicultural Education Reform and Bias and Sensitivity (bas) Review of Assessment and Curriculum

  • New Jersey Education Association, Trenton, NJ
  • The Center for Educational Innovation, Jackson, MS
  • Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, Boston MA
  • City of Seattle, Human Services Department
  • -NW Educational Service District 189, Anacortes, WA – Facilitator &
  • -Measured Progress, Inc., Dover, New Hampshire (2016 – 2020) Facilitator of 20-member National Review & Evaluation Panel
  • WA Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Assessment & Research Division, Olympia, WA – Facilitator, Expert Consultant &

Mckinley’s Roles

  • Expert Consultant – Best Practices for Closing Black-White Achievement Gaps
  • Expert Consultant – Program Development and Evaluation
  • BAS Review-Evaluation – Assessments used by 30 school districts
  • Expert Consultant and Report Writer – National BAS Review & Evaluation of Assessments used by 28 U.S. states
  • Report Writer – Legislated BAS Review & Evaluation of WA State Common Core State Standards and the WaKIDS Assessments

Marketing & Training Consultant for Hilton Foundation & best foundation for a drug-free Tomorrow’s validated drug-use prevention program – project alert in 10 western u.s. states; rated as an exemplary trainer based on attendee exit surveys

District- and WA state-level program manager, program evaluator, grant writer, and grant manager for $11.4 m in funding

Professional Designations and State, County, and Local Certifications


  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, University of Washington, Tacoma, WA
  • University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies Doctoral Program Faculty from 2008 – 2021
  • University of WA/National Center for Quality Teaching/Learning – Early Learning Environment Assessor
  • Grant Writing and Donor Research – University of WA Tacoma/The Grantsmanship Center, Los Angeles, CA

WA State

  • WA State Department of Enterprise (DES) Consulting Services Contract #05814 – Coaching and Facilitation
  • WA State DES Consulting Services Contract #05914 – Organizational Development
  • WA State Department of Personnel Consultant Contract: Organizational development; Performance coaching & mentoring; Interpersonal communications; and Change management
  • Department of Children, Youth, and Families – State Approved Trainer for Higher Education Courses

New York State

  • State of New York Foreign Limited Liability Company

King County, WA

  • Small Contractors and Suppliers DBE # 488
  • King County Executive Services Consultant Contract: Organizational development; Performance coaching & mentoring; Interpersonal communications; and Change management

The City of Seattle

  • The City of Seattle Consultant Roster – Organizational development services

Key Clients and Major Consultancies – Selected Listing

  • Alcohol and Drug Services of Gallatin County, MT
  • Alignment Jackson & United Way-the Capital Area (Jackson, MS)
  • ATLAS Communities, Seattle Schools
  • Beacon Hill Hub, Seattle, WA
  • Black Education Strategy Roundtable, Lacey, WA
  • Center for Educational Innovation, Jackson, MS
  • Causey’s Learning Centers, Seattle, WA
  • Children’s Home Society of WA
  • Chinese Information Services Center, Seattle, City of Seattle, Human Services Department
  • Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, Boston MA
  • Colville Confederated Tribes, Nespelem, WA DSHS, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Flathead CARE & Safe & Drug-Free Schools, ID Great Plains Regional Medical Center, Lincoln, NE Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Councils Prevention Center
  • Hilton Foundation & the BEST Foundation for a Drug-Free Tomorrow (serving10 West U.S. States)
  • King County Sexual Assault Resource Center Lake Co. Office of Education First Offender Program, CA
  • KIRO TV’s A World of Difference Series
  • Linn County Drug and Alcohol, Albany OR National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, Juneau, AK
  • NW Economic-Environmental Justice Network
  • Open Door International Ministry, Kent, WA
  • Pearson Assessment Services, San Antonio, TX
  • Public Health-Seattle & King County Hazardous Waste Management Division
  • Seed of Life Center for Early Learning and Preschool, LLC Seattle, WA
  • Somali Community Services of Seattle
  • Steps to Ethically Profiling Stability aka STEPS Systems Thinking in K-12 Education, U.S.A. & Singapore
  • Title IX Special Programs, Wenatchee, WA
  • United Way of King County, Seattle, WA
  • Voices of Tomorrow, King County, WA
  • Walt Disney Internet Group, Seattle, WA
  • WA Committee on Occupational Safety/Health
  • WA Education Service Districts 113,114,167, & 123
  • WA State OSPI Safe and Drug-Free Schools
  • Yellow cloud Residential Program, Nespelem, WA
  • YMCA Youth Programs, Spokane, WA

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes

  • 924-16 Educational/Training Services – Course Development Services, Instructional/Training
  • 715-10 Publications, Audiovisual Materials, Books, Textbooks (Prepared Materials Only)
  • 958-83 Real Estate Management Services (To include Listing and Sales Services)
  • 918-06 Consulting Services Administrative Consulting
  • 918-26 Communications: Public Relations Consulting
  • 918-27 Community Development Consulting
  • 918-53 Marketing Services (Incl. Distribution, Research, Sales Promotions, etc.)
  • 918-65 Human Relations Consulting
  • 918-75 Management Consulting
  • 924-64 Partnering Workshop Facilitation Services
  • 961-79 Trade Services (Facilitation, Information, Marketing, Promotion)
  • 962-34 Event Planning Services
  • 958-77 Project Management Services
  • 962-07 Arts Services (Cultural, Design, Visual, etc.
  • 918-83 Organizational Development Consulting
  • 961-90 Writing Services, All Kinds (Including Resumes)