“I have had the pleasure of working with Deb for nearly 20 years. She knows how to truly engage people in a way that brings out their skills and talents towards collective action. Deb has led countless groups of people working to achieve change in a respectful, thoughtful and productive manner.”

~ Diane Littlefield, Vice President of Programs and Partnerships,

Sierra Health Foundation



"Deb you have been a fantastic supporter of the CRC from the beginning and I am so appreciative of your passion, inspiration, creativity and joy that you bring to our work together!”

~ Jonathan London, Associate Professor, UC Davis Department of Human Ecology, Director, UC Davis Center for Regional Change


"Deb is a fabulous facilitator, skillfully engaging participants in group development and change processes. She has a rare awareness and sensitivity to nuanced communications, and demonstrates a strong ability to guide people in drilling down deeper to help define and shape important issues. Deb was instrumental in the action-planning process for a new coalition addressing underage substance use, and aided participants in identifying key strategies and approaches to environmental prevention efforts."

~ Rachael Beutler, LCSW, Prevention Coordinator, Department of Health and Human Services, Alcohol and Drug Services


"Deb was instrumental to the success of LGC's strategic planning process.  Deb brought a positive, asset-based approach and a suite of resources that she tailored to our unique needs.  Deb brings a level of sincere interest and insightfulness that can be hard to achieve with external partners.  She creates a safe process where participants feel free to dream big and is able to ground the vision with a clear process for implementation.  The work we did with Deb is already creating positive change at LGC!"

~ Kate Meis, Executive Director, Local Government Commission



"I have had the good fortune to work with Deb Marois over the past ten years, to develop and lead several community-based collaborative projects and coalitions focused on improving public health and creating social change. Deb is very knowledgeable regarding change processes, frameworks and models, and she is skilled in numerous techniques for providing support and facilitation for collaborative groups and their group processes. Deb is expert in conducting and synthesizing research and has the ability, through skilled training and facilitation, to make research meaningful and useful to broad-based audiences. A unique and important component of Deb’s approach to her work is her willingness to freely share her knowledge and techniques, coaching and helping her clients gain skills and confidence and enabling them to sustain their collaborative projects and launch new initiatives."

~ Cheryl Raney, Director Prevention & Student Services (ret.), Sacramento County Office of Education



"The ability to compile so much data, analyze it thoroughly and thoughtfully, and complete the report with just the right mix of detail and brevity really impressed me. The findings have provided critical themes for us to lean on in stating our 'case' to funders.”

~ Sarah Rubin, Director, Public Engagement Program, Institute for Local Government



“Deb worked with our organization for about six months to develop a strategic plan.  The task seemed overwhelming at first, but she definitely expanded my belief about what is possible. She guided our board, staff and outside stakeholders to learn more about the organization and each other and to think about the future.  We now have a vision and action plan to achieve our shared goals.  Deb absolutely excels at facilitation and putting a large amount of information together to make sense.  We will continue to use the processes that she put into place.  She brought everyone together, helped us collaborate, and really moved our organization forward.”

~ Teri Duarte, Former Executive Director, WALKSacramento



“Deb Marois gently and skillfully shepherded my fledgling business into ripe maturity.  She conscientiously listened to my hopes, my fears, my dreams and expertly guided me toward manifest reality.   If you are truly ready for creative action in the most optimal way possible, it is time to work with this inspiring and masterful facilitator.”

~ Bella Dreizler, Body Joy



“I regularly use the facilitation skills you taught us and they've come in very handy on several occasions.  Just today, I helped guide a contentious meeting and afterwards both 'sides' thanked me individually for helping 'their side'.  I also used your rules and norms idea for starting a short-term and intensive team project off on the right foot. Thank you again for one of the best, and most immediately applicable, classes I've had in a long time!”

~ P. Smith, CA Dept of Parks and Recreation



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