Collaborative Minds, Transformative Action: Meet Our Team of Changemakers

Dr. Erica Henderson, CEcD

Principal & CEO

Erica Henderson is an unwavering, visionary, and strategic leader dedicated to systems change, justice, and dismantling systemic racism. She has a long track record of co-creating community-driven solutions that pave the way for economic success and create substantive and generational impact. Erica’s sense of purpose is rooted in promoting equitable economic development and amplifying community voice, ensuring they are not only heard, but valued.

With a formidable track record spanning over 20 years, Erica has been a driving force in mobilizing communities to achieve true social equity and justice.

You can reach Erica at erica@keystrategicgroup.com

Trenton Ellis, MSW

Social Impact Data Strategist

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Trenton has spent the past decade in the City of St. Louis learning and growing his expertise in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice-focused practice and putting that expertise into action. With experience in environmentalism, education, economic development, and social work, Trenton brings his unique and intersectional perspective to the Key Strategic team.

You can reach Trenton at trenton@keystrategicgroup.com

Ann Fisher-Jackson, MPA

Social Impact Strategist

Ann is deeply passionate about finding innovative solutions to complex challenges faced by organizations. Her dedication to advancing equity drives her to create inclusive approaches that embrace the wisdom and vision of the community. By combining her strategic mindset, commitment to equity, and community collaboration, Ann aims to make a lasting impact, shaping a more just and prosperous future for organizations and society as a whole.

You can reach Ann at ann@keystrategicgroup.com

Kyle Henderson

Data Research Coordinator

Kyle Henderson is an incredibly accomplished individual who brings immense value to the KSG team. His impressive track record includes leading significant projects for KSG while completing his Bachelor’s degree in Business at Jackson State University. In addition, Kyle has proven himself as a skilled team leader, having successfully managed tenant and landlord outreach, vetting applications, and verified information for rental and utility assistance applications at Live Stories FORWARD. 

You can reach Kyle at kyle@keystrategicgroup.com

Barry Maciak

Senior Advisor

Barry has forged a fifty-year career working to create opportunities and seek justice and economic mobility for individuals with barriers, workers, communities, and social impact entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh, PA, and St. Louis, MO. As Principal with Key Strategic Group, Barry introduces the client to the power of intersectionality by creating a cross-sector architecture designed to engage and leverage common interests and shared values to advance equity, justice, and economic mobility.

You can reach Barry at barry@keystrategicgroup.com

Jessica Payne, MSW

Community Impact Strategist

Jessica’s passion is making sure that all voices have the chance to be heard. Blending her decade-long experience in communications, social media, and design with her Master’s Degree in Social Work, she works with organizations and communities to reach their goals through consensus building using a racial equity lens. Her broad experience ranges from preparing neighborhoods for the planning process to creating coalitions for policy action, to leading a small community development corporation in building new affordable housing. 

You can reach Jessica at jessica@keystrategicgroup.com

Saffiyah Poole, MPH, MHA

Community Impact Strategist

Saffiyah is a strategic thinker, big-picture visionary, and an avid relationship builder with comprehensive experience in building diverse and strategic partnerships to amplify the needs of communities to promote and sustain equitable outcomes. She has developed and fostered key internal and external partnerships, public speaking, training and facilitation, community and stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, and program management, and has the ability to be agile in any environment. Her personal and professional passions focus on creating equitable health and social outcomes for those at the margin.

You can reach Saffiyah at saffiyah@keystrategicgroup.com

Erika Wade


Erika Wade is a seasoned leader with over two decades of experience in project management, process improvement, operational planning, and facility design. She excels in developing strategic partnerships with clients and stakeholders to improve workflow, revenue, and customer satisfaction. Erika’s key skills include project management, complex problem-solving, project scoping and planning, facilitation, operations planning and improvement, cross-functional collaboration, project activation, move planning, and implementation.

You can reach Erika at erikaw@keystrategicgroup.com