CMC’s History

The idea for Creative Marbles Consultancy (CMC) percolated 25 years ago during Art’s decade-long teaching career in the private and public sectors of education. Through years of classroom experiences and particularly while managing a nonprofit college-readiness program, he learned that academic success is sustained when entire families and communities collectively work together.  He collaborated with many educators, aspiring to one day create an environment that ensures a student’s educational goals be met and sustained over the long term.

Before co-founding CMC, from her experiences in the classroom and as a community educator, Jill learned about the lack of coordination between families, educators, and other community members, created inefficiencies in the modern-day K-12 system.

Meeting nearly 20 years ago while both teaching, Jill, a Harvard-trained educator with the theoretical understanding of academic pedagogy complimented Art’s extensive fieldwork. They shared an ambition to provide families with an educational solution so their children obtain their desired academic outcomes.  The two immediately started brainstorming how they could manifest their vision of an innovative, educational consultancy where the entire family, as well as all community stakeholders, collaborate together.

Their efforts came to fruition in January 2003, when CMC was formally established as a private educational firm.  From their home base in Northern California, they advise many families in the Greater Sacramento region as well as around the country.  Since the creation of CMC, Art and Jill continue to work alongside families, ensuring they obtain timely and objective guidance vital to securing the often-time hidden value in education.


Art Baird

Founding Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy (CMC).

Chief Executive Officer

Jill Yoshikawa of Creative Marbles Consultancy

Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M Harvard ’99

Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy (CMC)

Educational and College Admissions Consultant

Julie Nhung Nguyen

Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy (CMC).

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer

Juile Nhung Nguyen of Creative Marbles Consultancy