• Deep attention and care
  • Provocative
  • Passionate engagement
  • Systems perspective

Plácida Gallegos

Executive Coach


Dr. Plácida Gallegos has been an organization development consultant and executive coach for the past 30 years, engaged in supporting diverse individuals, groups and organizations in thriving and achieving optimal outcomes.  Based on sound research, assessment and an appreciative approach, she works with clients to maximize performance, engagement and authenticity.  She is deeply committed to co-creating inclusive organizations and teams that support people to learn and grow to their fullest capacities.

Trained as a social psychologist with a PhD in Social and Personality Psychology, she is attentive to how individuals and teams are affected by the systems and structures within which they operate, and how they can constructively influence those systems.  Diversity, equity and inclusion have been consistent threads through her research, consulting, and teaching practices.

Plácida is a widely published thought-leader on diversity in teams, intercultural competence, and leadership development especially as these topics relate to Latinx and other People of Color in organizations. Recent publications include a chapter in “Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion” entitled “The Work of Inclusive Leadership:  Fostering Authentic Relationships, Modeling Courage and Humility,“ and a chapter co-authored with Ilene Wasserman in “The NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change” entitled “Diversity and Inclusion in Organizational Practice.”

She holds an MS in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Loma Linda University in, an MA in Social and Personality Psychology, and her PhD from the University of California at Riverside.


  1. When not in airports and traveling to both coasts, Placida lives on 5 acres of wilderness in the mountains of New Mexico, enjoying deep solitude and the joyous yelps of coyotes. 
  2. Coming from a large family, Placida is fascinated about how family systems replicate and impact organizational systems.  Trained as a family therapist early in her career, she loves working with groups to support deep engagement and authentic collective presence.