About Us

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The Askia Group [TAG] is a premiere woman-owned company that strives to improve the business performance of companies through the development of their most valuable assets, their people.   Our team is comprised of culturally diverse associates, which include expert consultants, trainers, and coaches that specialize in Human Resources, training (professional skills and green), organizational development, community relations/outreach, project management, strategic planning, IT and Communications, and financial advisory services. TAG has developed an excellent reputation for providing innovative solutions to unique organizational challenges in nationally recognized Fortune 500 corporations, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies.

As a values driven organization, TAG’s Business Values reflect the ethics, goals and standards that our firm and associates operate by: placing integrity and honesty above all else and putting our clients first.  The Askia Group was founded in 2002 and leverages more than twenty-five years collective experience in obtaining professional services contracts which include a variety of organizational development services, community outreach activities, training projects, green education, green related feasibility studies, disparity studies, marketing, and professional development of varying magnitude and duration. Our design and deliver products and services are customized and tailored to meet customer requirements. Our methodology is not complex—we create exceptional value for our customers and deliver superior quality.

Our approach to success establishes an environment that embraces quality throughout the process and provides a foundation for continuous improvement of services through applied knowledge from feedback and lessons learned.

Genuine commitment to service, quality, and a passion for delivering superior service has earned TAG the loyalty of a select and growing clientele. Our goal is to continue the tradition of excellence in delivering superior solutions.

Key Personnel Profiles

Prestell Askia, CPP

Prestell F. Askia, CPP, Founder and CEO of The Askia Group, has over twenty five years in Human Resources, Management and Personnel Security disciplines as an Executive Manager, Instructor, Mentor and Coach. Her experience includes a number of executive level, senior management positions in industry, special security programs, and highly visible, politically sensitive positions. She maintains a unique composition of public sector and private industry business and budgetary knowledge. Her demonstrated leadership skills have established a proven history of win-win results. She has excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills, and has an energetic, fast paced, multi-tasking, pro-active management style. Prestell Askia is a superior facilitator for cross-functional organizational structures and management deliverables for internal and external customers. She is an H.R. Facilitator, Instructor, Trainer, Curriculum designer, Speaker, and Coach; she is responsible for developing and presenting H.R. policies/procedures, training curriculum and new integration programs to a variety of customers at multiple locations throughout the United States.

Ms. Askia holds a Bachelor's Degree from UCLA in Public Administration.  She received her Advanced Management Program Certification from USC – Marshall School of Business.  She also holds a Top Secret Clearance with the Department of Defense.

Kemal Askia's experience as Expert Instructor, Mentor, and Coach includes powerful transformational training and consulting with Alameda County.  In the financial field, Mr. Askia held management and advisory positions in banking, financial services and insurance.  In addition, his knowledge and skills were much sought after commodities due to his creative ability for developing innovative solutions along with twenty years management experience in the ocean freight transportation industry.

Mr. Askia has an MBA in Business Management from Pepperdine University and a BA in Economics from Morgan State University. 

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Kelle Lynch McMahon,

Ms. Kelle McMahon is the President of the The Green Science Academy (TGSA), she provides the management and oversight to all activities related to the development and implementation of the training, certification, and professional services of the Academy.  TGSA focuses on the implementation and development of best practices for on-line training and workforce development for the "emerging green" market sector.   Ms. Lynch McMahon has over 25 years of experience in the construction and engineering fields. She has completed over $200 million dollars in projects over the past ten years under her immediate direction and oversight. She has skills and detailed knowledge in projects that focus on schools, housings, transportation and local county infrastructure programs with various municipal agencies. She has extensive experience in trade skills development and green business practices for the construction industry.  Ms. McMahon has provided labor compliance and construction management services to Los Banos USD, Peralta Community College District, City of San Francisco/Port of San Francisco, and BART.

Ms. McMahon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Engineering from the University of the District of Columbia and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley. 

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Community Relations / Outreach Services

Makedah Shartukar and Michelle Branner are the leaders for our community relations and outreach related projects.  As CEO and President, respectively, for Full Circle Outreach and Marketing Group, Inc. , they provide the vision necessary to effectively deploy programs to reach the masses.  The Askia Group has worked with them on training projects both in the Finance, Real Estate, and Criminal Justice systems.  They have consulted on a variety of outreach and community relations projects involving the San Francisco Transbay Transit Center, Navy Hunter’s Point Shipyard, San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, and the PUC.  The Full Circle team works with small to medium size businesses participating in their product launches, assisting with the development and implementation of marketing strategies, as well as providing the technical assistance needed to become successful in obtaining corporate/governmental contracts.

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Information Technology Services

Our IT associates and affiliates provide IT solutions and systems integration for state-of-the art design and deliver voice communications, surveillance, and data application products and systems.


The Askia Group holds the following Local, State and Federal Government Certifications: 8[a] Small & Disadvantaged Business Certification, U.S. Small Business Administration; Small Business and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, State of California, a California Unified Certification Program CUCP-Disadvantaged Business Enterprise-Department of Transportation; Small, Local, Emerging, Business [SLEB], County of Alameda, California.


  • 238210 - Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
  • 334111 - Electronic Computer Manufacturing
  • 334112 - Computer Storage Device Manufacturing
  • 334210 - Telephone Apparatus Manufacturing
  • 334290 - Other Communications Equipment Manufacturing
  • 334613 - Magnetic and Optical Recording Media Manufacturing
  • 541611 - Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
  • 541618 - Other Management Consulting Services
  • 541990 - All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  • 561110 - Office Administrative Services
  • 561611 - Investigation Services
  • 561990 - All Other Support Services
  • 611430 - Professional and Management Development Training
  • 611710 - Educational Support Services
  • 928110 - National Security