Partners for Educational Development was founded by Olivia A. Scriven, Ph.D., a published scholar and resource development specialist with nearly 20 years of experience in higher education. Dr. Scriven and her consulting affiliates specialize in grant and contract procurement; strategic planning and execution; multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional and multi-national partnerships; program design, development, and administration; and marketing and communications.

Dr. Scriven has helped a wide range of colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations and independent educators -- in the U.S. and internationally -- secure more than $60 million for programs in the sciences, engineering and mathematics; digital media; faculty development; student research training; physical facility construction; community partnerships; institutional capacity development; and other areas critical to sustaining a vibrant academic program.

Dr. Scriven holds the doctoral degree in the history of science and technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the first and only African American to earn the Ph.D. from the program and one of only a handful of African Americans in the U.S. with an advanced degree in the discipline. Her research addresses issues of race, gender and public policy in science and technology studies and she brings this background to commissioned research, grant proposal review, and program design and development work through Partners.

Consulting Affiliates:
Collaboration is integral to the Partners business model. Consulting affiliates include a group of professionals whose specialties complement the work we do and add value to the capacity development goals of the client.

    Angela Glover and Associates (AGA) is an Atlanta-based, minority-owned consulting firm specializing in building, strengthening, expanding and reinvigorating resource development programs at non-profits.

    Cartier Consulting specializes in designing marketing collateral for print and web-based platforms, developing media-enhanced presentations, and building and managing databases for small businesses and non-profits.

    Lisa Hunt is a graphic designer whose work integrates typography, design, photography and illustration to create vibrant, sophisticated and bold visuals. She brings to each working relationship distinctive insight and deep experience in developing materials and publications that appeal to diverse audiences. Most recently, she was Creative Director at Essence magazine. She successfully led the art and photo teams in the overall visual direction of the magazine, while extending the Essence brand through book projects such as The Obamas: Portrait of America's New First Family and Essence: The Black Woman's Guide to Healthy Living.

    MyMedia by Design was established in 2006 by Maleka Ingram. With experiences at leading companies such as Intel Corporation and Laureate Education Inc., Ingram brings a background in project management, user-centered instructional design, e-learning, human performance technology, and graphic design to her company's work with nonprofits, colleges and universities and small businesses.

    Tara Roberts has served in senior editorial positions at Essence and CosmoGirl magazines, taught journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, published an independent magazine and edited two books. Tara’s current work as an independent consultant enables her to provide industry- standard editorial and research services to a variety of organizations, especially those geared towards women, teens and social change audiences. Her articles have appeared in publications such as Ms., theroot.com, Essence, and Heart & Soul. Her essays have been reprinted for Women’s Studies courses and in scholarly books, including Who Should be First?: Feminists Speak Out on the 2008 Presidential Campaign, co-edited by Beverly Guy-Sheftall and Johnnetta B. Cole.

    Teresa D. Edwards is a 25-year veteran in the field of science and mathematics, having held faculty and administrative appointments at Spelman College (Atlanta, GA), Bennett College (Greensboro, NC), Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network), (Washington, D.C.), the University of the Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, VI), and Georgia Gwinnett College (Lawrenceville, GA). In addition to teaching and mentoring women and under-represented groups towards degree attainment, Dr. Edwards has leveraged her academic experiences in curriculum and faculty development to secure more than $8 million in grant awards. She has served as principal investigator and led multi-disciplinary teams to win competitive funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Education. Dr. Edwards holds the Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering and the M.S. degree in Operations Research from The Georgia Institute of Technology. She also holds a certificate from The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, CA where she received advanced training and expanded her repertoire to include Prevention, Capacity Building, Capital Campaigns, Art for the Sake of Art, and General Operating projects.