Who We Are
The Honorable Peter C. Groff is the Principal at MCG2 Consulting, LLC. and noted education reformer and policy and political analyst.
Groff’s 25 years of public service includes serving as a Visiting Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education and as President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS). Prior to his tenure at NAPCS, he was the Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education. The Center is part of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the administration of President Barack H. Obama.
Groff served as the 47th President of the Colorado State Senate and was the first African American in Colorado to ascend to the post, and only the third African American in the nation’s history to hold the gavel as State Senate President. Senator Groff, who was renowned as the “Conscience of the Senate,” served in the Colorado General Assembly for nine years and passed landmark legislation creating visionary education reform measures, prohibiting racial profiling and requiring booster seats for children, secured tens of millions of dollars to combat health disparities and crafting Referendum C, which generated billions of dollars for critical state needs and infrastructure.
Groff also taught public policy at the University of Denver for over a decade.
Born in Chicago, Groff was raised in Denver. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Redlands (Calif.), a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law and an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Denver.
Michael Blake is the the Co-Chief Strategist for Grasstops Perceptions and Strategies. When describing the path his life has taken, Michael Blake humbly refers to the words of his mother who remarked that the family had gone, “from no house to the White House.” Blake has committed himself to public service and to the empowerment of others like him, who may not have direct access to opportunities to participate in the policy and political debates that shape this nation. Blake’s family story is a testament to his achievement. His family emigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica seeking new opportunities, but facing many new challenges.
Michael Alexander Blake, born in The Bronx, NY with a heart murmur on Christmas Day, is named after two historic Jamaican public servants – Michael Manley and Alexander Bustamante. This beginning probably explains his foundation of faith, politics and putting his heart and soul into all opportunities.
Michael faced challenges in the quality of his education - his New York City elementary school, P.S. 79, is featured in Jonathan Kozol’s Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools yet still rose to graduate from Northwestern University – making his story all the more remarkable.
Blake currently is the Director of Public Policy & External Affairs for Green For All, the leading national nonprofit organization focused on getting Green Jobs to communities of color to lift them out of poverty. He is also the Founding Principal of Atlas Strategy Group, which focuses on political and economic empowerment for communities of color. He previously served as the National Senior Consultant for Green For All. He also recently served as the Campaign Manager for Reshma Saujani’s campaign for New York City Public Advocate.
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