MULTI-CULTURAL RESEARCH PROJECT | KING COUNTY SOLID WASTE DIVISION | 2016-PRESENTAV Consulting has been tasked with designing, implementing, and evaluating an informational investigation working with King County’s residential multi-cultural communities. The contract includes evaluating past projects to identify gaps, make recommendations, execute additional data gathering efforts, and work with department leads to improve communication and establish a framework aimed at the elimination of inefficiencies and duplication of projects. The project has resulted in the development of a community-driven, community advocate model to aid the division in improving stakeholder engagement with multi-cultural populations. In addition, AV Consulting is facilitating a process to develop a long-term strategy for the Solid Waste focused on the recruitment and retention of staff of color.
RACIAL EQUITY STRATEGY ADVISOR | CASCADIA CONSULTING GROUP | 2016-PRESENTSince 2016, AV Consulting has been working with Cascadia Consulting Group as its racial equity advisor. Alma has been instrumental in working with leadership in developing a three-year strategy to achieve the organization’s equity vision. This work has involved conducting a series of trainings and staffing a racial equity cohort to develop culturally competent practices for all lines of business.
EQUITY & PARENT ENGAGEMENT ADVISOR | READY WASHINGTON | 2015-PRESENTSince 2015, AV Consulting has partnered with Ready Washington, a statewide coalition composed of businesses, policy makers and community-based organizations, to design and execute strategies and projects to improve the coalition’s ability to better engagement parents of multi-cultural and multi-lingual communities to support student success. Projects designed by AV Consulting have include facilitating statewide multilingual parent workshops on the Smarter Balanced Assessments and the High School & Beyond Plan, and the development of a series of one-pagers utilizing a parent-driven transcreation process to share very complex resources for parents around topics such as science, math and state assessments in a culturally relevant way.
FACILITATOR - CITY OF SEATTLE | ZERO CITIES CARBON REDUCTION INITIATIVE |– 2018 – PRESENTThe Zero Cities - Seattle project is a community-driven approach where a workgroup composed of representatives from community-based organizations serving low income and immigrant and refugee populations are tasked with developing a set of policy and program recommendations to the City of Seattle to address disparities which may result from city initiatives tied to their 2050 carbon reduction goals. Since the fall of 2018, AV Consulting has worked with workgroup co-chairs and national partners Movement Strategy & Race Forward to design and facilitate a meeting framework that elevates the community voice and encourages city representatives to act as observers and supporters of the process as opposed to drivers.
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT LEAD| SEATTLE HOUSING AUTHORITY | 2015-2016In the wake of federal and state budget cuts, Seattle Housing Authority embarked on a needs assessment process to build a common understanding of the condition and trends driving needs, and to leverage the collective insight of stakeholders to identify effective strategic and operational recommendations to serve its seniors residing in public housing across the Seattle Metro Region. Understanding the changing demographics of its growing senior population, AV Consulting contracted with BERK Consulting on the field assessment process by conducting interviews and focus groups with housing site leadership, field staff, and a diverse sampling of residents. In addition, the team worked collaboratively to use findings to inform a five-year strategic vision for an aging in place initiative.
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency – Multi-cultural youth engagement advisor – Air Quality Education.
King County Solid Waste Division - Equity coach and strategic advisor – Workforce Development.
Port of Seattle / WSP, Inc – Equity advisor – Environmental Sustainability Framework.
Seattle Globalist – Board & staff facilitator – Annual Retreat
King County Dirt Alert - Community engagement advisor – Latinx Outreach in South King County.