Orpheus S. L. Crutchfield is a lifelong San Francisco Bay Area native, known for advising and coaching hundreds of educational nonprofits and their leaders, locally, regionally and nationally. Orpheus’experiences as a teacher, nonprofit administrator, trustee and as an entrepreneur give him a unique perspective on, and a deep understanding of, the needs of schools looking to advance in the equity space. His network of teachers, administrators and school leaders is vast and relationships are deep: he has visited over 700 schools globally and has one of the largest groups of placed/retained administrators of color in the country. He is a graduate of San Francisco’s renowned Lowell High School, the oldestpublic school in the West, obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from University of California at Berkeley, and concluded all coursework for a Master of Arts degree in Nonprofit Administration at the University of San Francisco. He has appeared on CNN, NPR, WBEZ, BET News and in the San Francisco Chronicle speaking on helping schools work towards equity and inclusion, diversifying their personnel, and recruiting/cultivating/ mentoring diverse educators for success and leadership.
He is the President of StratéGenius, a full-service boutique national executive and faculty search firm, specializing in retained and contingency. StratéGenius works with 60-65 specially selected schools (independent, charter and quasi-nonprofit) nationally that are taking leadership in diversity. He also consults and has presented internationally, including in South Africa, Cuba, Costa Rica, Germany, India and Brazil. Mr. Crutchfield has been a regular speaker at the NAIS Annual Conference, the NAIS People of Color Conference and the California Association of Independent Schools, featuring cutting-edge and provocative sessions on centering on why independent schools have trouble recruiting and retaining faculty and staff of color. His areas of expertise include recruiting a diverse pool, retention strategies, innovative strategies to combat bias in hiring, cultivating underrepresented communities and candidates of color, networking, community organizing and board development/diversity.
He also worked with the University of California, Berkeley’s world class College of Engineering. Orpheus helped them recruit and prepare young women and underrepresented minorities into computer science and engineering fields as Executive Director of the nonprofit middle and high school program Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology (BFOIT), a project of the International Computer Science Institute.
Orpheus is presently a trustee with French American International School/International High School (CA), Marin Horizon School, SpeakOut (national nonprofit artist and speakers bureau); he has been aboard member of The San Francisco School (CA), Saint Mark’s School (CA), Marin Horizon (CA) andWindrush School (where his daughter attended), and is a member of the Gold “C” committee at CampMendocino through the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco. He has advised several boards, includingMarin Academy (CA), Corlears School (NY), Roger’s Park Montessori School and Lake Forest Academy(IL), Giddens School (Head Search- WA), the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, South Africa(Head & senior leadership searches), the San Francisco Bay Area People of Color in Independent Schools’(POCIS) board along with numerous faculties and administrations nationally.
Orpheus, along with Dennis Bisgaard, Peal Kane and Warren Reid, founded the Kingswood-Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color (CT), is a proud faculty member of the BOLD Summit, Atlanta,and the burgeoning Global Leader’s Institute in Washington DC, and has been a regular speaker for leaders of color forums in San Francisco and Seattle.