Our Team

Where the Passion Begins

Shakira Onwuachi is the Founder, CEO, and Principal Creative Mastermind of Kuumba Collective LLC. She has over 15 years of experience in non-profit management, program curation, and youth development. She has worked with children, adolescents, and young adults with diverse backgrounds in a multitude of settings including schools, nonprofit organizations, and group homes with a track record of promoting social-emotional development, academic success and, mental wellness.

Shakira earned her bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) where she majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology. She also holds a master's degree in Social Work with a specialized concentration in Children, Program and Community Development with a specialization in Management & Social Entrepreneurship from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.


Shakira has specialized training and certification in the following areas:

  • Youth First Aid Mental Health Trainer Certificate - Mental Health First Aid USA

  • Youth Intervention Certificate - Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA)

  • Teen Outreach Program (TOP) Facilitator Certification - Wyman Center

  • Safe Harbor CSEC Train the Trainer Certification - Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS)

  • Certificate in Women's Entrepreneurship - Cornell University 

"Awesome facilitating, keeping it real, getting voices in and bringing it to the main thing."


Collective Talent

Dr. Lanise Block

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Associate Creative Mastermind

Cordarryl Thames

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Affiliate Creative Mastermind

Tasha Jordan

MSW, MAEd, CYT 200

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Affiliate Creative Mastermind

Careese Coleman

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Affiliate Creative Mastermind

Kebbeh Jallah

Apprentice Mastermind

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