Who We Are


Charrette for Magnuson Park wetlands

Cedar River Group’s seasoned public policy experts create uncommon partnerships with leaders in the diverse communities of the Pacific Northwest and beyond to realize ambitious visions.

Our unique differences

Cedar River Group understands the challenges government and nonprofit leaders face and where they can stretch. We know because we have been there ourselves.

We bring a broad perspective and fresh focus to approaching problems and identifying potential solutions. We can also help clients transcend jargon and other communication barriers to reach their desired audiences.

At Cedar River Group, the principals roll up their sleeves and get the work done. We customize it for each client. We are nimble and savvy, with a track record of success serving the greater good.

We don’t just help clients imagine change, we help them to make it happen. And our clients keep coming back with new dreams.

About our name

The Cedar River Watershed is a magnificent valley on the western slope of the Cascade Mountains that supplies most of Seattle’s drinking water. Its 96,000 acres include some of the region’s best remaining old growth forests, populated by elk, bear, cougar and other species. The Cedar River hosts the largest sockeye salmon run in the lower 48 states.

Founding partner Tom Byers, as Seattle Mayor Charles Royer’s aide on environmental issues, worked to end logging in the watershed and commit the city to preserving it forever as a natural reserve and source of pure water. Cedar River Group’s founding partners chose the name to invoke what is best in the region.

A few years later, the city chose Cedar River Group to organize the “Friends of the Cedar River Watershed” to champion the vision and raise funds to create the Cedar River Education Center.

Our firm is proud to have played a part in preserving the watershed and to carry the name of one of the Northwest’s most wonderful places.

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