Our Projects

We are working to become an anti-racist, self-organizing, for-purpose enterprise that cultivates the capacity for transformational change in individuals, systems, and society. As our clients move towards their vision of a better world, we support them through our leadership development, organizational health, and community engagement services and products.

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Implicit and Explicit Bias Trainings

The Athena Group collaborated with Clackamas County to bolster the Disaster Management department by providing essential resources for a community engagement toolkit. This toolkit places a strong emphasis on cultural awareness and equity, featuring a comprehensive Implicit and Explicit Bias Training facilitated by Athena partners.

Design Labs

The Athena Group collaborated with Sno-Isle Libraries to create a systematic approach to involve historically underrepresented community members in decision-making processes across all districts of Sno-Isle Libraries. Leveraging design labs, Athena developed a comprehensive community connectivity framework.

Commercial Tobacco Prevention Convenings

In 2019, Oregon passed Ballot Measure 108, increasing the cigarette tax by $2/pack, generating millions of dollars in revenue for tobacco prevention work. The largest portion of this revenue was prioritized for Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) that serve communities that experience higher rates of tobacco-related health disparities. The Athena Group collaborated with Clackamas County Department of Public Health to engage CBOs who received these tobacco prevention grants in the design and planning of two convenings. These generative conversations were facilitated with stakeholder engagement in mind, calling upon the effectiveness of co-design.

Strategic Plan

The Washington Statewide Reentry Council was developed in 2016 by the state legislature for the purpose of promoting successful reentry post-incarceration. Athena Partner Crystal Wade teamed up with Susan Mason, a formerly incarcerated community leader, to work with community members and collaborate on developing a clear and impactful 3-year strategic plan for the council. Susan’s role involved engaging stakeholders directly impacted by incarceration, including currently and formerly incarcerated individuals, their families, and a broad spectrum of reentry organizations and stakeholders in Washington State.

Annual Evaluations

Child Care Aware of Washington (CCA WA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every child in Washington has access to high-quality childcare and early learning programs. Created by state statute in 1986 and incorporated in 1989, it is the only statewide childcare resource and referral program in Washington.

Design and Facilitation

The Athena Group partnered with the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Broadband Office and the Governor’s Office of Equity to co-design and facilitate the inaugural year of Digital Equity Forum (DEF). The primary goal of the Digital Equity Forum, in partnership with Elizabeth Ralston Consulting and Avantpage, was to engage with Washingtonians and determine their primary needs to enhance access to broadband internet and technologies that are vital for meaningfully participating in 21st century society.

Transportation Plan

The Washington State Department of Transportation needed to update their Statewide Human Services Transportation plan, which focuses on initiatives to improve access and enhance mobility for people who are unable to transport themselves due to physical or mental limitations, income or age.

Design Labs

The Athena Group worked with Clackamas County, Oregon, to support a community-driven approach to reducing poverty and increasing prosperity for people most in need. Utilizing an inclusive Community Design Lab, people who are closest to the problem developed impactful solutions to community challenges.

Organizational Cultural Assessment

Conducted an organizational cultural assessment for DEL entailing an agency-wide organizational and health survey (using Athena’s Social Capital Assessment tool), 50 ethnographic interviews of a cross-section of DEL employees across all levels and regions, group ethnographic observation and extensive analysis and vetting of assessment results.

Revisioning of Housing Assistance Unit

The Athena Group provided facilitation and other forms of professional consultation to support a better understanding of its current business practices and staff resources related to its goals. The Unit also has a new organizational chart, including reporting lines and high-level position descriptions.

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Our team brings  values of curiosity, awareness, connection, equity and wholeness to all the work we do.