What our clients say
– D. Lofman, Director, Columbia River Estuary Studies Task Force (CREST)
Dena Marshall is an expert mediator and an asset to those working to address conflict regarding water issues in Oregon. Her listening presence creates the space for thoughtful dialogue and her joyful spirit makes it a delight to work with her.
– K. Krueger, Portland Bureau of Transportation
You and your team provided exactly what the City of Portland was looking for in professional facilitation of our street renaming effort. This was a very controversial project that regardless of the final decision was praised by many, including City Council, for the way it was conducted.
– Dr. F. Toda, President Columbia Gorge Community College
Dena Marshall has an amazing gift for critical thinking and communications. Working with a strong leadership team is not an easy task by any standard, but Dena Marshall made it look easy and ultimately got us all on the same page.
– D. Spatz, Director Columbia Gorge Regional Center for Innovation
Dena is one of the most effective facilitators I’ve encountered in 40 years of public meetings and workshops.
– C. Rubio, Executive Director Latino Network
Dena Marshall’s approach with our community is wonderfully grounded in collaboration, partnerships and social justice. She takes the time to listen and devise strengths-based, culturally responsive strategies that move our vision into action. The results are community driven and community owned solutions that advance our whole community.
– Dr. A. Wolf, Director, Program on Water Conflict Management and Transformation College of Ocean Atmosphere and Earth Sciences, Oregon State University
I have worked with a number of partners in facilitations and trainings, and rarely come across anyone who can keep their eyes on both immediate interactions and on the goals of the process simultaneously, all while listening intently. Participants really respond to her and sense that she has their interests at heart.
– J. Jackley, Director of Communications Portland Development Commission
Dena Marshall is insightful, strategic, and persistent in her work, well balanced with a great sense of humor and a comfortable presence that draws you in and keeps you moving through the difficult conversations. She is an excellent facilitator, one of the best I’ve worked with. Her ability to succeed in difficult situations is outstanding and she is an expert at finding common ground and moving large or small groups towards consensus and resolution. I have particularly appreciated her cross-cultural expertise and bilingual capability in Spanish and she has been a wonderful strategist on some of our most sensitive projects and efforts in the Latino community.
– M. Goodwin, MPA, Public Health Reserve Corps Coordinator Deschutes County Health Services
Dena Marshall is thoroughly prepared, grounded, and incredibly effective at engaging leaders in the serious work of planning. I hope to have more opportunities to secure Dena’s services in the future.