Thea Agnew Bemben is a principal and founding partner of Agnew::Beck Consulting, a community planning and development firm based in Anchorage, Alaska. She has extensive experience working with very rural, predominantly Alaska Native communities to build local capacity to plan for and implement community development projects. She has assisted with developing comprehensive plans for rural villages, small towns and urban districts.
Thea works with communities and organizations to develop sustainable business plans for a variety of initiatives such as affordable and supportive housing, rural vocational education, and community facility development – including health clinics, recreation centers, family resource centers, domestic violence shelters and cultural centers. She has successfully worked to raise millions of dollars for program development, facility design and construction. Thea has facilitated public dialogue on a wide range of topics including community planning, nonprofit organizational development and public policy initiatives.
She earned a master’s degree in History, focusing on the cultural history of western Alaska. She is a lifelong Alaskan who grew up in Anchorage and also spent ten years living in the rural community of McCarthy, where she served three terms as president of the local area council.