Susan Stuart Clark, Founder & Director

Susan formed Common Knowledge to pioneer “community-driven design”, demonstrating that inclusion of diverse stakeholders stimulates innovative solutions on issues such health care, the environment, education outcomes, voting and financial literacy. Susan has over two decades of experience with culturally competent communications and engagement programs and presents frequently on topics of multi-sector collaboration, increasing participation of lesser-heard voices and how investments in social cohesion enhance a community’s overall well-being.

Susan’s original marketing and communications experience includes serving as Vice President of Planning and New Products at Del Monte Foods and as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble. Her expertise in civic and community engagement was initially developed through affiliations with the Kettering Foundation and as director of the annual Public Policy Institute at U.C. Davis Extension. Susan is an active board member of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation, a network of over 30,000. Recently Susan has been focusing on combining the best of in-person and digital engagement and has been an adviser to Code for America, Voter’s Edge and other civic tech groups.

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William Cooley, Program Manager

William is an experienced journalist, educator and counselor. Over the six years he spent as a journalist, William held nearly every position in the newsroom, including reporter, designer, copy editor and photographer. He started his career at the Sonoma Sun, one of the first bilingual community weeklies in California. Before transitioning to teaching, William worked for the Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley and graduated summa cum laude from San Jose State University’s school of journalism.

In 2010, William joined Teach for America as a special education teacher. While teaching at San Jose High School, he provided academic and counseling support to a diverse group of students and garnered Teacher of the Year honors for the collaborative relationships he built with students and stakeholders. William also helped develop the district’s Common Core math curriculum and fought hard to see that principles of universal design were implemented district-wide. As a presenter, he has led trainings on a wide range of topics, including collaborative teaming, community engagement and positive behavioral supports. William’s special education background makes him particularly sensitive to issues of inclusion, accessibility and cultural relevance.

Mony Flores-Bauer, Senior Associate

Mony has more than 25 years of experience in organizational development, community engagement and capacity building for emerging organizations as well as established agencies throughout California. She has been a lead consultant in the implementation of several new initiatives at both the state and county level for First 5 Commissions and the Public Authority on In Home Support Services. She has worked with organizations such as the Social Security Administration, Head Start, and the California Department of Education, among others. Her skills in culturally competent communications, facilitation, training and strategic planning add to Common Knowledge’s range of technical support services for clients.

As a fluent Spanish speaker and accomplished spokesperson, Mony has developed ongoing relationships with Spanish language media. Mony has the added perspective of extensive service in leadership positions for the League of Women Voters, the City of Oakland’s Commission on Disabled Persons and the National Civic Leagues’ Model City Charter Review Commission.

Dilsy Mendez

Dilsy Mendez, Project Associate

Dilsy is an experienced facilitator, outreach specialist and project coordinator in community engagement and empowerment work. For several years, she has worked with the nonprofit E3: Education, Excellence and Equity, developing and facilitating empowerment workshops for diverse youth and young adults in Marin County. She has also helped train educators on how to recognize and connect with the talents of diverse students. Dilsy has developed and led education and awareness campaigns on immigration issues and human rights. She recently helped Common Knowledge pilot intergenerational dialogues about housing and transportation for the “What’s Next Marin?” project. Passionate about education and equity work, Dilsy is completing a degree this year in International Studies at Barry University.

Harriet Mayeri

Harriet Mayeri, Research Director

Harriet serves as the Research Director of Common Knowledge and is also a founding partner of Mayeri Research. She has over 35 years of experience designing and implementing qualitative and quantitative research for non-profits, government organizations, corporations and in academic settings. Harriet is a nationally known expert on consumer perceptions, attitudes and behavior among all demographic, socio-economic and psychographic segments and she has been a featured speaker at American Marketing Association meetings in London and Chicago.

Harriet has worked extensively with non-profits and government agencies with Common Knowledge for such clients as Cool California, the Institute for Local Government, Next 10, California Department of Health Services Office of AIDS, Finelite and others. Prior to founding Mayeri Research, Harriet was Director of Consumer Research for the New Ventures Group at DDB Needham, helping clients to develop positionings, strategies and communications for new products and re-positioning of existing brands. Harriet holds a B.A. in psychology from New York University and did graduate work in social psychology as a National Institute of Health Fellow at Columbia University.

Victor Reyes

Víctor Reyes, Cultural Interpreter

Víctor grew up in Puebla, Mexico, moving to California in 1985. With over twenty years of experience as a counselor, journalist, translator, educator and community organizer, Víctor now describes himself as a “cultural interpreter.” He was a co-founder and Spanish editor of the bi-lingual community newspaper Visión Latina. For more than fifteen years, he has written a bi-weekly Spanish column for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Point Reyes Light. With a degree in Social Anthropology, Víctor has done in-depth study of issues of diversity, minority groups and human migrations.

Some of Víctor’s projects and clients include: drug and alcohol counseling, supporting schools with parent communications around their student’s learning plan, editing the popular Guía fácil para el votante; consulting and interpreting for the San Rafael Canal Ministry’s Canal Healthy Neighborhood Project; consulting for the Proyecto Cholula on central Puebla migrants’ experiences in US; translating Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Knudson’s A Dying Sea series for the Sacramento Bee; Spanish translation and cultural adaptation of the Jeanne Gibbs’ educational book Tribes, A New Way of Learning and Being Together.