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ABOUT TRACIE

What I do

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My clients hire me for a variety of services.

 

I oversee the creation of fundraising appeals, donor communications, and marketing efforts, from strategy to copywriting to execution.

 

I develop and/or deliver curricula and workshops on race and racism, antisemitism, Jewish spiritual practices, the effects of intergenerational trauma, or a combination of the above.

 

I consult on brand management for diverse organizations from nonprofits to small businesses to pharma giants.

 

I create images and illustrations to honor a moment, an idea, a feeling.

The through-line for everything I do is this:

 

More meaning: greater understanding of ourselves and the world + a deeper connection to what matters

More compassion: an abiding care for everyone's humanity, including our own

More fun: taking our work seriously, but not ourselves

Who I am

I’m a nerd. Or, if you’re feeling fancy, I’m an intellectual.

I know a lot about a lot of things, in part because I am in love with learning. But what I know doesn’t matter. Not really.

What matters is what I believe:

I believe people are more important than ideas.

 

I believe all human beings are worthy of love, respect, and kindness.

 

I believe in exercise.

 

I believe in holding multiple truths.

 

I believe in laughter and joy.

 

I believe vulnerability is sexy.

 

I believe race is a construct but racism is all too real.

 

I believe if I stop growing and learning, I’ll die

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I’m a reader and I’m a writer.

 

I love well-told stories. I love how metaphors make the abstract concrete. I love clear and powerful prose: the way its rhythms and cadence teach us, move us, help us grow.​

 

I’m a doodler.

 

​I don’t believe you when you say you can’t draw. We can all draw. The process matters as much as (more than?) the product. Don’t want to call yourself an artist? I get it, you're a doodler, too.

​I’m a friend.​

 

Finding real connection with other human beings is the highlight of my life. hint, hint

Looking for the old-fashioned bio? Here: Tracie Guy-Decker is a writer and consultant based in Baltimore, Maryland. Between 2020 and 2023, Tracie was a senior partner with Joyous Justice, LLC, where she helped develop and co-facilitated online courses and other programming about oppression, privilege, anti-Black racism, antisemitism, and wellness. In that role, Tracie was one half of the podcast Jews Talk Racial Justice with April and Tracie, now called the Joyous Justice podcast. Prior to Joyous Justice, Tracie was the deputy director of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, where she worked both to make the museum more representative of diverse Jewish experiences and to make the campus a place of belonging for all Baltimoreans and visitors. Her career has included stints in higher education both as a marketer and a fundraiser and in non-profits from university publishers to community centers. She is an active volunteer leader with Jews United for Justice, and was the recipient of their Heschel Vision Award in 2023. Tracie attended the Divinity School of the University of Chicago for a masters degree and PhD coursework, and Oberlin College for her undergraduate studies.

Want the actual resume? There's also the one over at LinkedIn.

How I work

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I like to meet with a potential client for a conversation to talk through their goals and how I can help. From there I put together a proposal with a clear scope of work and compensation arrangement to which we can both agree.

 

I try to meet the client where they are. Some of my clients put me on retainer for a specific number of hours in a month. Others prefer a project rate. Still others have me bill hourly on a monthly or bi-weekly basis.

Let's sit down together and figure out what makes sense for us. 

Until soon!

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