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Behind great achievements
are great strategies.

Our mission is to help audacious leaders lead by providing you with research-based, interdisciplinary insights and human-centered strategies.

Our philosophy

Our name has its roots in music because music is a metaphor that speaks to the rhythms of life. Each note, in and of itself, has a beauty and presence of its own. The challenge is to arrange the notes in our organizations, our communities, and in our lives in ways that inspire and move us toward higher levels of performance and impact.


Since our founding in 2004, Symphonic Strategies has been a trusted partner for leaders in the public and private sectors.

We have worked with government agencies, small businesses, foundations, and non-profit organizations around the world.

Areas of Expertise

Designing Strategy
Developing Leaders
Shaping Culture
Mobilizing Groups
Changing Systems

What We Do


End-to-end strategic planning and one-off strategy sessions that feature design labs, mapping of systems, environmental scans, and operational road maps.


Virtual and in-person seminars and workshops; design and run customized leadership development programs on a wide variety of topics.


Culture audits, functional assessments, and infrastructure building to improve the operations and strengthen the performance of teams, divisions, and entire organizations.


Interdisciplinary, mixed-method research that includes in-depth interviews, surveys, focus groups, and data analytics that span a wide variety of topics and issue areas.


Small- and large-group facilitation that include team building, conflict resolution, community dialogues, event moderators, and more.


Individual and group coaching sessions that focus on goal-setting, relationship building, and conflict resolution; hire strategy coaches on retainer.


Internal Change Agents

We specialize in working with CEOs, Executive Directors, Deputy Directors, Branch Chiefs, Division Presidents, and Boards of Directors.

Some of our clients

“Our company embarked on a significant organizational restructuring to support the goals of a new ten-year strategy, and Symphonic Strategies turned out to be the perfect partner to help us plot and implement the path forward.  Dr. AJ Robinson and his colleagues were thoughtful, and brought terrific listening and analytical skills — affirming our instincts when we were right, but challenging, nudging, or provoking me and my team when we needed it.  And we needed it.”

Dr. Robert K. Ross

President & CEO, The California Endowment

Federal Government Contracting

Symphonic Strategies is an SBA 8(a) certified small business. We are listed on the GSA’s Federal Supply Schedule (MAS) under contract GS-02F-0027Y.


Our People

Alonford James (A.J.) Robinson Jr., Ph.D.

Founder and CEO

Symphonic Strategies was founded in 2004 by Alonford James (AJ) Robinson Jr. who over the years has built a unique team of seasoned and experienced consultants who together work, collaboratively, on meaningful projects. 

As a consulting firm, we practice what we believe in. Just like our name, our team members blend and bring the most of their experiences and talent to unlock higher levels of performance and impact for our clients.

Megan Arendall

Project Manager


Aadila Bhabha

Engagement Manager


Lynn Gresham

Senior Consultant


Darrell Harvey

Senior Instructor


Itzbeth Menjivar

Senior Consultant


Trang Nguyễn

Senior Consultant


Rodolfo Olenchuk

Finance Director


Cheryl Pruce

Senior Research Manager


Rosie Robinson

Operations Manager


Natalia Victoria

Engagement Manager


Camile Williams

Senior Consultant


Essays and Articles

What a White Bus Driver Taught Me About Truth and Reconciliation

I had an experience more than twenty years ago with a white bus driver that profoundly altered my world view. The year was 1996, the month of June to be precise, and I was near the tail end of my second year in graduate school at Harvard. In fact, it was also a few...

Corporate Principles for Progress: Navigating the Landmines Ahead

Like many others, the last few weeks have given me the opportunity to engage a wide variety of people in conversations that for too long have been silenced. From the mainstream use of the once-radical phrase “Black Lives Matter” to serious new conversations about...

Where you go from here

If you were disturbed by the murder of George Floyd and you are beginning to see America and the insidious nature of systemic racism with new eyes, you are probably pondering what action you can take. You may be wondering where you go from here. This morning I...

Revealing habits

In times of stress we revert to habits. This is a phrase I use often in my classes and with my clients. Our habits give us templates for action and they also reveal the unconscious choices and decisions we’ve already made. I was reminded of this truth while...

Since our founding in 2004, Symphonic Strategies has been a trusted partner for leaders in the public and private sectors. We have worked with government agencies, small businesses, foundations, and non-profit organizations around the world.

We started out with a focus on building the capacity of non-profit leaders, particularly leaders of color. We then branched out into training and development programs for the Federal Government, where we built and delivered programs for the USDA, Department of Defense, Customs and Border Protection, Health and Human Services, and more.

As our reputation grew, we were asked to lead full scale strategic planning projects for organizations and sometimes for entire networks.

Today, we’ve evolved into a comprehensive professional services firm with a deep and diverse bench of talent at our finger tips.

We have a proven track record of accomplishment in a variety of fields and with a diverse array of clients. Our goal is, and has always been, to help you make decisions today that will position you to do extraordinary things tomorrow.


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