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Common Good Ventures welcomes Carol Walker Aten as senior consultant

Posted March 01, 2013, at 10:26 a.m.
Carol Walker Aten
Carol Walker Aten

PORTLAND, Maine — Recently relocated to Portland, Carol Walker Aten joined Common Good Ventures team as a senior consultant in January. Carol has more than 20 years of practical and strategic experience as a nonprofit executive, community and board leader.

She leads capacity building work with Common Good Venture’s clients utilizing organizational development, strategic planning, facilitation and leadership coaching skills.

Her professional experience includes nonprofit management, family foundation trustee, a community bank corporator, as well as local and state volunteer involvement with chamber of commerce, nonprofit boards, service clubs and municipal budget committees. Carol is a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire and Leadership Seacoast. She has served on the board of Leadership Seacoast for four years, most recently as board chair.

“Carol hands on experience as both a nonprofit executive and as a consultant to nonprofit organizations will enable her exceptional benefit to our clients,” Common Good Venture President Drew Watt shared. “her skills complement the existing skills of our team and support our growth plans in the coming years.”

Common Good Ventures provides expert advice and hands-on guidance to the nonprofit sector in Maine and New Hampshire to improve its performance, maximize its impact, and position it to successfully address the social and economic challenges facing those it serves. As a nonprofit they understand each client’s challenges and customize engagements to meet their needs. Its mission is to build a stronger, more effective nonprofit sector for the common good. Consulting services include: strategic and business planning; board and staff development; organizational restructuring; succession planning; back office efficiencies; program evaluation; program and financial analysis; guidance to funders; strategic alliances, partnerships, and mergers; technology planning; transition and change management, as well as corporate philanthropy programs.

Since its inception in 2000, Common Good Venture has served over 180 clients across New England: nonprofits, nonprofit collaborations, and funders of nonprofits. Clients include: Hospice of Southern Maine, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging, Collaboration on Service Innovation, Maine Youth Transition Collaborative, RiverWoods of Exeter, Spurwink Services, Alpha One, Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, United Way of York County, Washington County Children’s Program, United Cerebral Palsy of Northeast Maine. For more information: www.commongoodventures.org

Photograph attached: Carol Walker Aten (Jamie Mercurio Photography)

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