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Our Motto: We Walk With You 

Mission: Our mission is to empower businesses and leaders with the skills needed for effective program design, leadership, and a steadfast commitment to social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We ensure our guidance not only cultivates an inclusive culture but also enhances operational efficiency, amplifying our clients' impact and profitability.

Vision: Our vision is to be the catalyst for a new era of business, where leadership is defined by a commitment to social justice, operational excellence, and inclusivity. We aim to transform the landscape of industry, ensuring that every organization we touch leads with innovation, drives significant societal change, and achieves unparalleled success.

Dr. Krystal Henderson

Founder/ CEO

Dr. Krystal Henderson is a passionate educator, mentor, and trainer whose extensive journey in higher education and mission-based organizations championed the cornerstone formation of her visionary leadership. Distinguished by her unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and justice, with over 15 years of experience, she has become an influential figure in the realm of educational leadership.  

Her professional narrative is rich and varied, encompassing roles from Board President to Dean, and extending to hands-on positions as a case manager, job developer, and research assistant. This diverse background has equipped her with a unique perspective on organizational dynamics and the multifaceted challenges faced by institutions and organizations.

Drawing on her profound experiences and insights, Dr. Krystal Henderson founded Henderson Professional Mentorship Group (HPM Group) with a resounding mission to provide capacity-building support to individuals and organizations. HPM Group collaborates with clients to design programs and infrastructure for large and small organizations, manage state-wide equity-based grant programs, and provide executive leadership development to experienced and budding leaders and entrepreneurs.

Her academic achievements, including a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University, a Masters in Educational Leadership from Boston College, and B.A.s in African American Studies and Women's Studies from the University of California, Riverside, further inform the strategic direction of her organization.

HPM Group is not just a business; it's a culmination of Dr. K’s life's work and experiences, driven by a mission to foster inclusive, equitable, and socially just educational environments.


Dr. Jonathan Henderson

Principal Consultant

Dr. Jonathan Henderson is a dynamic and accomplished Instructional Designer, Professor, and Researcher with over 13 years of experience advancing equity in higher education and county government. He is currently the Professional Development Faculty Coordinator at Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, California, where he leads faculty professional learning initiatives and is involved in faculty senate leadership. Prior to joining Southwestern College, Jonathan was a Senior Analyst at the Anti-Racism Diversity Inclusion (ARDI) unit within the County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Office, where he helped lead DEI efforts within county government.

In higher education, Dr. Jonathan made significant contributions as Regional Coordinator for the Umoja Community Education Foundation, where he oversaw the growth and development of Umoja Programs in San Diego County and 68 partner colleges and universities across California and Washington State. He also served as the founding Program Director for The Rose Black Resource Center; an African American cultural center based at CSU Dominguez Hills.

With a wealth of experience in instruction, Jonathan has taught courses in Sociology, Labor Studies, Counseling, Cross Cultural Studies, and Africana Studies within the California Community College and California State University systems. He is also an accomplished qualitative researcher, having served as a Research Associate for the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), led by Dr. Frank Harris III, Dr. Luke Wood, and Dr. Marissa Vasquez.

Jonathan is a proud community college and Umoja alumnus and holds an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts from MiraCosta College, B.A. and M.A. degrees in Sociology from CSU Dominguez Hills, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership in Community College Leadership from San Diego State University.

Dr. Kortney Hernandez

Strategist and Trainer

Dr. Kortney Hernandez is a critical scholar, professor, and researcher with over 15 years of experience working in higher education spaces, supporting service learning and community engagement professionals, and engaging in critical decolonizing research. Hernandez is the author of Service Learning as a Political Act in Education: Bicultural Foundations for a Decolonizing Pedagogy. 

She is currently the Director of the Academic Resource Center at Westcliff University, in Irvine, California, an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, and a consultant for various projects and professionals.  Prior to these roles, she served as a site manager for a nonprofit, community development, early childhood program, where she had been involved in preparing and engaging hundreds of undergraduate university students, community partners, families and young children. She is a passionate and committed leader dedicated to creating loving, liberatory, and counterhegemonic spaces that foster the critical intellectual development of those who she is in community with.

She holds a BA in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine, as well an MA in Early Childhood, and an EdD in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University.

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Alejandra Madrigal, M.Ed.


Alejandra Madrigal, M.Ed. has over ten years of experience in the educational field; serving disadvantaged populations in K–12 and higher education. Her passion to advocate for
disadvantaged populations started at a young age when she witnessed the prejudice she faced in school for being a person of color and coming from a low socio-economic community.

Alejandra wanted to be in a position to be a voice for individuals who faced these types of prejudices and pursued an education from the University of La Verne, earning her Masters in Educational Counseling as well as a Pupil Personnel Credential. As a school counselor she practices client centered counseling; providing a safe, open space for the individual to feel a sense of acceptance. Alejandra believes that by providing a safe space, individuals will be able to play an active role in the counselor-client relationship to identify how to implement changes to improve their lives and overcome barriers. Furthermore, she applied her expertise to launch professional staff development initiatives centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion; the
goal of these programs was to orient staff to the impact of stereotypes on students; sense of self worth and belonging. Her hope with leading the professional development was for staff to be more sensitive to the impact POC face on a daily basis.

Alejandra currently works as a school counselor in San Diego. She has continued to seek out educational opportunities particularly those that emphasize restorative justice and equity focused curriculum. She does so in order to continue to be a resource for her students and coworkers. By seeking out those opportunities she’s been able to become a certified Mental Health First Aid advocate. She’s able to identify and support teenagers during mental health related crises during situations when outside agencies may not be available to help. Alejandra is a member of the American School Counselor Association and advocates for underrepresented high school students at the national level.

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