About Common Circles

Common Circles is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in our world by providing a ground-breaking interactive and immersive experience that seeks to improve intergroup relations, increase empathy and respect, reduce bias, and encourage action in our communities. Our team includes highly regarded experts in the field who work against bias and intolerance.

Our Team



Marla Felton

Former attorney &
Common Circles
Executive Director

Creative Director

Sue Spiegel

Television & film
producer with more than
25 years of experience


Advisory Council

Karen Aroesty

Regional Director
Anti-Defamation League
Missouri/Southern Illinois

Dr. Kira Hudson Banks

Associate Professor in
the department of psychology
at Saint Louis University

Kwofe Coleman

Director of Marketing
& Communications
for The Muny

Tabari Coleman

Education Director
Anti-Defamation League
Missouri/Southern Illinois

Tonya Edmond

Associate Dean for Diversity
& Associate Professor at
Washington University

Gregg Felton

Managing Partner
of Altus Power
America Management

Flint W. Fowler

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

John Gerner

Managing Director
of Leisure Business
Advisors LLC

Laurna Godwin

of Vector

Richard Kim

Partner at
Wachtell, Lipton,
Rosen & Katz

Kirwan Institute

National leader
in research
on implicit bias

Mary McMurtrey

Interim Executive
Director Diversity
Awareness Partnership


Leader in mobile

Katrina Peoples

Chief Program Officer
for Epworth Children
and Family Services

Dr. Stephen Radinsky


Bayeté Ross Smith

multimedia artist
& filmmaker

Marc Skvirsky

Vice President & Chief
Program Officer at Facing
History & Ourselves

Michael Staenberg

Founder &
president of
The Staenberg Group

Nicki Thomson

Research Analyst
Research & Learning Department
Wyman Center


Youth Advisory Council

Lizzie Coleman

Aminata Diane

Shams Elbardissy

Alexander Harasimowicz

Annelie Hyatt


Contact Us

Common Circles is creating an innovative and unprecedented laboratory that provides a completely new way for groups and communities to engage with each other. We invite organizations, institutions, businesses, schools, and individuals that are interested in promoting thoughtful action at the “street level” to join us in this cooperative endeavor. Email info@commoncircles.org to learn more about the experience and how you or your organization can be involved.

For funding, sponsorship, or for information on how to make a donation, please send an email to funding@commoncircles.org.