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Our Team

Where the Passion Begins

Shakira Onwuachi, MSW, LGSW
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Shakira Onwuachi, MSW, LGSW, is the Founder, CEO, and Principal Creative Mastermind of Kuumba Collective. 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 is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in the State of Minnesota. She 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 earned her bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) where she majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology.


Shakira has specialized training and certification in the following areas:

  • Certificate in Women's Entrepreneurship - Cornell University 

  • Certified Financial Social Worker - Center for Financial Social Work

  • Certified Youth First Aid Mental Health Trainer - 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)

"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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