Founder & president
Chanel Hampton's educational, professional, and civic career have built and honed her expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion, education, leadership development and performance management, operations optimization, and recruitment (including exceptional expertise in diversity recruitment). Her career has taken her across the country and globally to impact missions and offer her expertise to a broad and diverse span of communities and partners.
In 2015, Chanel launched Strategic Community Partners (formerly Hampton Consulting), with a vision of partnering with mission-driven organizations to build capacity and move the needle forward in education, equity, and justice. Strategic Community Partners works with a robust array of partners, including the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., Detroit Public Schools Community District, the Michigan Department of Education, National Greek Letter Organizations, New Paradigm for Education, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, the University of Michigan, The Skillman Foundation, the former White House’s Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans, Washington, D.C . Government, as well as numerous community-based organizations, start-up organizations, and individual clients.
Chanel began her career as a Middle School English, Social Studies, and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Lead Teacher. Acknowledging the limited diversity of her peers in teaching, she founded Strength Through Awareness and Inclusion (STAI)-St. Louis, a permanent diversity initiative adopted by Teach For America, which has since been launched in every Teach For America region (50+ regions). Recognizing a need for larger, systemic change, Chanel joined Teach For America’s National Recruitment Team. While with the organization, Chanel Hampton served as the Greater St. Louis Regional Manager, Midwest Director of Diversity Recruitment, as well as National Managing Director of Recruitment (serving as one of seven senior leaders in this capacity). Throughout her tenure with Teach For America, she also managed diversity initiatives across the national organization and served on a number of inaugural and ongoing committees, including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference.
Chanel has Bachelor’s Degrees in African-American Studies, Psychology, and Sociocultural Anthropology. She also has a Master’s in Secondary Education and a second Master’s in Education Administration. She is currently working on her Doctoral Degree in Organizational Leadership and Policy.
In 2014, Chanel moved back to her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. She is the Board Chair of Detroit Young Professionals, a National Advisory Council Board Member with the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), a member of the Board of Directors with Read to a Child Michigan, as well as the National Board President Emeritus of Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Incorporated. Chanel’s lifelong passions for Detroit, social justice, education, and diversity drive her personally and professionally and motivate her to continue, as well as expand.