Athena Bertolino has a strong background in program design, implementation, and evaluation in the United States and abroad, with more than 15 years of experience in the environmental and community engagement fields. Her practice spans the non-profit, government, and philanthropic arenas and ranges from field science and outdoor adventure education to her current work as a consultant. Since joining Ross Strategic in 2005, Athena has supported a myriad of projects in the capacity of lead facilitator, strategic advisor, and project manager. She is currently participating in the 2017 cohort of the Fourth Quadrant Partners Emergent Learning Certification Program.
Her recent work has focused on support for philanthropic and government entities working to reduce diesel and greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy independence in the mobile source and fuel sectors, as well as supporting efforts to build grantee peer-exchange networks. She also works to address climate-related health concerns with regard to drinking and groundwater and city and regional-level resiliency planning through innovative, voluntary approaches and collaborative communication. Along with multi-stakeholder facilitation, structured learning, and strategic process support, Athena performs analytical research and development of outreach strategies and White Papers on a broad range of environmental and public health based topics.
Specifically, Athena has supported the development of clean air strategies for marine ports including Seattle, Tacoma, New York & New Jersey, and Taiwan. She was also a panel presenter at the 7th Annual Green Ship Technology Conference in Copenhagen. In addition, she has provided evaluation and structured learning support to foundations including managing an evaluation of the City Energy Project for The Kresge Foundation, leading an effort to conduct an assessment of the Energy Foundation’s service to the field, and supporting ClimateWorks Foundation’s development and implementation of three-year campaign level evaluation plans. Athena also supports various federal and state government programs, including the Department of Energy Better Buildings Residential Network, Center for Disease Control Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, the Environmental Protection Agency’s West Coast Diesel Emissions Collaborative, the Puget Sound Partnership, and the Washington State Agriculture Sector Carbon Market Workgroup.
Athena has a master’s degree in international studies and a graduate certificate in conservation biology policy from the University of Washington. She also holds a bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) with honors in environmental science from the University of Arizona, and spent two years working in Costa Rica. In her free time Athena enjoys exploring near and far with her family by foot, skis, bike, boat, rail, and trail, as well as supporting her beloved sports teams.