People

…Our People The partners and staff of Cedar River Group bring extensive insight into the challenges of helping people work together and get the results they want. We understand the needs of public and private leadership and the dynamics of coalitions because each of us has served as a leader in these arenas….

Expertise

Our approach At Cedar River Group, we bring a wide perspective and fresh focus to approaching opportunities and challenges. We listen. We make sure people are heard. We might be talking with the Governor one day, and on the next with a family struggling to live day to day below the poverty line. We help find new ways to overcome old hurdles and transform them into a pathway for success. Our services include: Facilitation of meetings, retreats,…

Creating Strategies

…nning and launching new initiatives; and identifying funding sources and grant writing. Whether it’s helping guide biotech entrepreneurs toward opportunities or First American Nations take care of the changing needs of their people, we build strategies unique to each group and their goals. Then through identifying connections or grant writing, we can help make the work happen. Related Work Aging and Disability Services (Seattle and King County)…

Tacoma – Pierce County Clean Air Task Force

…U.S. EPA. The Clean Air Agency hired Cedar River Group to facilitate the task force process. Solution Cedar River Group worked with agency staff to identify community leaders, elected officials and local residents, including people with wood stoves, to serve on the task force. We worked with the staff to plan each task force meeting and identify information the task force needed. Cedar River Group helped the task force adopt ground rules for its…

State Early Learning Plan

…professionals from the various sectors of early childhood development and learning. A multi-agency management team oversaw the process. The steering committee started meeting monthly and set up five work groups involving 150 people. Not long after the work groups started meeting, the governor asked DEL and OSPI for recommendations by December 2009 on how to assure that all children in the state have the benefit of early childhood education….

Casa Latina Good Neighbor Agreement

…roperty and had a plan to relocate to a building in the Central District. This announcement was met with opposition from some local business owners and neighbors. They were concerned about having a large number of unemployed people congregating in the area each day as the jobs were assigned, and feared a deterioration of the neighborhood. Cedar River Group was brought in to mediate a solution. Solution Our team worked with the City of Seattle,…

Metro Transit: A chance for good sense to guide service cut

Metro Transit: A chance for good sense to guide service cuts – Kathy Elias, co-chair of the Municipal League of King County, writes in Crosscut that the Regional Transit Task Force is an example of “smart, thoughtful people doing what is right.” She notes that the task force report repreesents a major shift in policy, and that all 28 members of the task force were in agreement about the new course for Metro Transit. Other news…

Hearing from the People

Hearing from the People: Lessons at the intersection of sustainability and social justice – American Institute of Architects Seattle’s Fall ’09 “Forum” article by Cedar River Group partner Tom Byers and Trang Tu of Trang D. Tu Consulting describes our work in helping to develop “green” housing options for seasonal farm workers. Led by the Seattle Archdiocesan Housing Authority and Mithun Architects, the…

Access to Benefits

Client: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Worked with the foundation and the state to reach agreement on and plan an electronic (Web) portal to make it easier for people to get access to such benefits as tax credits, food stamps and college scholarships. Researched the state of the art across the nation. Made recommendations to the Governor for a partnership with philanthropy and community-based organizations to develop the access-to-benefits…

30th Anniversary

…Client: El Centro de la Raza Planned and produced a community-wide celebration for El Centro’s 30th anniversary of serving the Hispanic community in Seattle. (2002) Results: Event attracted 300 people and nationwide attention, as national public television host Bill Moyers broadcast his weekly program live from El Centro that night….

Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee

Client: City of Seattle Served as facilitator of a 28-member advisory committee appointed by the Mayor of Seattle to identify and evaluate policy options to create more available housing for people at all income levels. Worked closely with the two co-chairs to develop meeting agendas and to facilitate meetings, and prepared meeting summaries for each committee meeting. Prepared agendas and facilitated three public meetings; and summarized…

Fresh Bucks

…or the Fresh Bucks program, and identify and evaluate potential long-term, sustainable funding options. Wrote a sustainability plan. Fresh Bucks aims to make healthy food accessible to all by doubling the purchasing power of people who use their federal food stamp benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) to buy fresh produce at farmers’ markets. (2013 – 2014) Results: The Office of Sustainability and Environment…

Retreats for various organizations

…County Land Bank, SBRI, Seattle Housing Authority, Seattle Parks Foundation, and UW Botanic Gardens. Helped each organization identify the objectives and outcomes needed from the retreat; ensure involvement of the necessary people; and develop the agenda and format. Facilitated the retreats and conducted follow-up activities including decision summaries and recommendations. In some cases, assisted with further work on the recommendations. (2006…

Business Feasibility Study

Client: Pacific Northwest Salmon Center Conducted a business feasibility study for the creation of a new center on Hood Canal devoted to educating people about the importance of wild salmon and the preservation of the Hood Canal ecosystem. The report, Pacific Northwest Salmon Center, The Wonder of Wild Salmon: A Real-World Learning Experience, Environmental Learning and Research Center Business Feasibility Study found that the Center is…

State Early Learning Plan

…e early learning system, prenatal through third grade. Coordinated the work of a multiagency management team, an advisory council created by the Legislature, a 36-member steering committee, and five work groups involving 150 people. Served as primary drafter of the plan and assisted with public outreach planning. Reviewed public comments from 3,500 respondents. Revised and finalized the plan. Our team was brought in to help focus an existing…

Business Engagement in Early Learning

…terviews and literature review to research lessons learned from similar efforts nationwide. Identified and invited business managers and owners to attend focus groups. Facilitated four focus discussions to determine business people’s understanding of early learning, to test messages and materials, and to identify potential ways to involve business in early learning. (2008) Results: Provided a report and recommendations. United Way has…

Recommendations of the King County Farms and Food Roundtable

…eserving additional farmland in King County, and increasing market and distribution opportunities for local small and mid-sized farmers in King County, including means to aggregate local products. The Roundtable comprised 35 people experienced in local farming, food processing, distribution, marketing, financing and technical assistance. Sponsors: King County, City of Seattle, and Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority. (2014)…

School Readiness Summit

…and Referral Network Coordinated six state agencies and statewide organizations to convene the Washington School Readiness Summit on November 8, 2004, and to launch school readiness teams in communities across Washington. Recruited and coordinated speakers and panel moderators; developed conference materials; coordinated logistics. Coordinated regional meetings statewide. (2004 – 2005) Results: Summit brought together 500 people in early…