Who We Are/Who You Are

Making Waves coaches and consultants are professional trainers, grant writers, personal coaches, and practitioners focused on education and empowerment of our clients, through individual and organizational leadership coaching, strategic planning, facilitation, supported self-study, strategic communications and social media marketing, campaign planning, and organizational development based on the needs, goals, and vision of those we work with.

Who We Are
IMG_0010Gunner Scott, Principal
Holds a Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts from Goddard College with background of twenty years of non-profit sector including in executive level non-profit management; training and work experience in providing mental health, substance abuse, and survivor empowerment counseling; developing curriculum and delivering professional training to adult learners; and as creative culture maker and business entrepreneur.

EDUCATION: Goddard College, 2009 Bachelor of Liberal Arts



  • The Sounds of a Movement Goddard alumni vocalize for #BlackLivesMatter, Clockworks Magazine, author (2016)
  • Trans Travelers: Don’t Lose Your Wanderlust, The Advocate, author (2015)  
  • MTPC’s Best Practices for Homeless Shelters, Services, and Program, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, contributing editor and author (2014)
  • MTPC’s Best Practices for Serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students in Schools, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, editor and contributing author (2012)
  • Despite increased visibility, it’s still dangerous to be transgender in America, Boston Phoenix, author (2012)
  • What Occupy Boston Means to LGBTQ Equality, Bay Windows, author (2012)
  • Transgender Health in Massachusetts: Results from a Household Probability Sample of Adults, American Journal of Public Health, Conron, K.J., Scott, G., Stowell, G.S., Landers, S., contributing author (2011)
  • Boston Area Transgender Community Leaders and the ENDA Crisis, Goddard College (2009)
  • Responding to Hate Crimes: A Community Resource Manual, National Center for Transgender Equality, contributing editor (2006)
  • White Ribbon Day: Violence against transgender people is related to violence against women, New Our Bodies Ourselves 2011 edition, Boston Women’s Health Collective, contributing author (2011)
  • Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence & HIV/AIDS: Service Safety, & Resource: A guide for providers” Jane Doe Inc. The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, contributing author (2006)
  • New Our Bodies Ourselves 2005 edition, Boston Women’s Health Collective, contributing post reader (2005)
  • Transitioning Our Shelters: A Guide To Making Homeless Shelters Safe For Transgender People, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute and National Coalition for the Homeless, contributing editor (2003)
  • Activate and Agitate, Introduction to the anthology Pinned Down by Pronouns, Conviction Books, author (2003)
  • Gender queer boy works towards equality, Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, author (2002)
  • Ma’am? I mean sir? Transphobia in Boston What’s Up Magazine, author (2002)
  • Teen dating violence among lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered girls, Girls Coalition Newsletter, author (2001)


  • Highland Park Action Committee, 2015 – present
  • Seattle LGBT Commission, 2014 – 2016
  • Board of Corporators, Eastern Bank, 2012 – 2013
  • Rockwood Seminar Graduate/LGBTQ Fellow: Art of Leadership, 2010
  • Trans Advocacy Network, Founding Steering Committee Member, 2010 – 2013
  • Massachusetts Commission on  Unaccompanied Homeless Youth, 2012 – 2013
  • Registered lobbyist in the state of Massachusetts, 2009 – 2013
  • Board of Directors, Equality Federation, 2009 – 2012
  • Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, Commissioner, 2006 -2008, 2010 – 2013
  • Bureau of Substance Abuse Services GLBT Advisory Board, 2009 – 2013
  • Advisory Board Member to National Center for Transgender Equality, 2005 – 2007
  • Member of the LGBTQ Youth Providers Coalition, 2006 – 2009
  • Boston Police GLBT Advisory Board, 2000 – 2013
  • National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, Member, 2000 – 2006
  • Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention, 2003 – 2006
  • GLBT Domestic Violence Coalition, Member, 2002 – 2006
  • HIV Counseling & Testing: Core Standards And Practice, 2007
  • Safe-Sex Educator, Fenway Health, BiHealth Program, Boston, MA, 2002
  • Substance Abuse Core Counseling, Substance Abuse Education Services, Boston, MA, 1996


  • Recipient of the 2017 Julie Johnson Founders Award, National Center for Transgender Equality
  • Recipient of the 2015 Transgender Excellence Award, Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea)
  • Recipient of the 2013 Vision, Courage, Compassion, & Leadership Award, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
  • Recipient of the 2012 Public Citizen of the Year, National Association of Social Workers
  • Recipient of the 2012 Out on the Edge Award, The Theater Offensive
  • Recipient of the 2012 I Heart Equality Honoree, National Organization for Women, MA chapter
  • Recipient of the 2010 Hero of Love Award, MassEquality
  • Recipient of the 2010 Community Award, Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention
  • Recipient of the 2009 Gender Heroes Award, Theater Offensive
  • Recipient of the 2009 Elsie Frank Memorial Award, Gay Officers Action League of New England (GOAL NE)
  • Recipient of the 2009 Trinity Award, International Foundation of Gender Education
  • Recipient of the 2009 Grace Sterling Stowell Award for Excellence in Advocacy and Service to GLBT Youth, Friends of GLBT Youth, Inc.
  • Recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Community Activist Award, Bay State Stonewall Democrats
  • Recipient of the 2008 Kevin Larkin Memorial Award for Public Service, Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association
  • Recipient of the 2008 18 for 18 Award, The Network/La Red
  • Recipient of the 2006 Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Award, American University

Who We Work With
We seek to work with artists, activists, community based groups and organizations, social leaders, media makers, collectives, cooperatives, educational institutions, government agencies, and socially aware businesses and corporations.

Interested in Joining a Coop Model Consulting Group?
Each coach and/or consultant runs their own practice under the mission, values, and philosophy of Making Waves, while sharing the expenses of marketing and running a small business. If your interested in joining our coop consulting group contact Gunner Scott.