About Common Circles

Common Circles is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in our world by creating research-based interactive experiences that combine techniques from psychology with cutting-edge technology, the arts, and storytelling to improve intergroup relations, increase empathy, reduce antisemitism and bias, and encourage changed behaviors in our communities. Our team includes highly regarded experts in the field who work against bias, antisemitism, and intolerance.

Our Team

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Executive Director
Marla Felton

Former Attorney &
Common Circles

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Creative Director
Sue Spiegel

Television & film
producer with more than
25 years of experience

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USC Shoah Foundation

Leading Change
Through 55,000+
Video Testimonies

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American Jewish Committee

Global Advocacy
Organization for the
Jewish People

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Rye Country Day School

A pre-K through 12 co-ed
independent day school
in Westchester County, NY

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Third Plateau

A full-service
social impact
consulting firm

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Sara E. Brown PhD

Regional Director AJC San Diego,
Educator & Expert on
Genocide Studies

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Alan Marcus, PhD

Education &
Research Specialist
& Professor

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Ellen Berger

City of White Plains
District Leader &
Program Chair

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Michael Staenberg

Founder &
The Staenberg Group

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Dr. Stephen Radinsky

Community Organizer,
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at
Washington University in St. Louis

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Gregg Felton

Common Circles CFO & 
Treasurer, Managing 
Partner of Altus Power

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Marketing &
Strategic Communications
for Non-Profits

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Empire Display Solutions

Trade Show
Display Design &

Advisory Council & Past Team Members

We would like to acknowledge our appreciation for the wisdom and guidance we have received from both prior and current advisory board members and past team members who have generously committed time and leadership since our inception.
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Karen Aroesty

Former Regional Director
Anti-Defamation League
Missouri/Southern Illinois

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Dr. Kira Hudson Banks

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Saint Louis University

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Kwofe Coleman

The Muny

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Tabari Coleman

Director of Prof. Development
Anti-Defamation League
Greater St. Louis Area

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Tonya Edmond

Associate Dean for Diversity
& Associate Professor
Washington University

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Flint W. Fowler

President of the
Boys & Girls Clubs of
Greater St. Louis

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John Gerner

Managing Director
Leisure Business
Advisors LLC

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Laurna Godwin


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Katy Griffith

Researcher &
Doctoral Student

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Dr. Holly Hick

High School
St. Louis, Missouri

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Richard Kim
Partner at
Wachtell, Lipton,
Rosen & Katz
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Kirwan Institute

National leader
in research
on implicit bias

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Mary McMurtrey

Financial Advisor
the McMurtrey Financial Group
at RBC Wealth Management

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Katrina Peoples

Chief Program Officer
Epworth Children
and Family Services

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Bayeté Ross Smith

multimedia artist
& filmmaker

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Marc Skvirsky

Vice President for
Special Initiatives
Facing History and Ourselves

Katy Griffith
Nicki Thomson

Research Analyst
Research & Learning Department
Wyman Center

Contact Us

Common Circles creates innovative and unprecedented interactive experiences that provide completely new ways for groups and communities to engage with each other. We invite organizations, institutions, businesses, schools, and individuals that are interested in promoting thoughtful action to join us in this cooperative endeavor. We welcome collaboration and new ideas on our current projects and are available to consult on yours.

To learn more about our experiences and how you or your organization can be involved, or for information about how to make a donation, please email info@commoncircles.org.