Atena Danner works across Policy and Leadership Department projects to support the development of content and facilitate learning experiences that build the capacity of leaders and communities in early child development, racial equity, and current issues in the early childhood field. Applying diverse lenses to intersecting issues, she supplies rigorous facilitation, generative collaboration, and radical imagination. Having more than 15 years of experience in the early childhood field, Atena is an experienced and responsive facilitator committed to creating safe spaces for adult learning that balance challenging reflective practice with joyful engagement. She served as a professional development facilitator for Erikson’s Language and Literacy Partners and Project Connect as well as served as a coach and facilitator for Next Steps Evanston Anti-Racism Studio and served in coaching, curriculum specialist capacities for the YMCA Metropolitan Chicago and St. Augustine College. She is also a published writer and released her book, Incantations for Rest, in 2022. She has a Master of Science in child development from Erikson Institute and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from The School of the Art Institute.