Marie Knight

Strategic Planning and Management Services

Marie Knight is an experienced local government consultant with 35 years of experience in the areas of Community Services, Parks and Recreation, strategic planning, employee development, customer service, organization and leadership development, executive and job coaching, change management, culture change, non-profit Board development, time management, team building, and creating high performing teams.

Marie is a highly sought out speaker, facilitator and consultant. She has changed lives and transformed organizations. She has conducted over 100 workshops, training sessions, and keynote speeches for California Parks and Recreation Society and various government and non-profit agencies throughout the state of California as well as for State Associations in Colorado, Missouri, and Illinois.

Prior to affliating with MRG, Marie has worked in a variety of communities from small beach communities to one of the largest metropolitan cities in the nation. During her municipal government career, she has lead teams in excess of 1,000 people, managed annual operational budgets over $56 million dollars, and had oversight of over $100 million dollars in capital improvement projects. She has created several award-winning team and culture improvement programs and services.

Marie is a certified coach, teacher, trainer, and speaker with the leading leadership organization in the world, the John Maxwell Team. She is also a certified behavioral specialist in the John Maxwell DISC Method. She is a recipient of the California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) coveted Leadership Award, and a five-time CPRS Presidents’ Award recipient for her contributions to the profession and to raising future leaders.


Listen to what others have to say about working with Marie.

Want to send you a big thank you for the kick off meeting today! I can see that you are quietly picking up on some of the fine/underlying issues and are already helping us move forward; what a knack! Thanks, MRG!

Kaila Benton-Vitz

UC Davis