Athena Edmonds

Advocate for LGBTQ Youth, speaker, and writer.

Her focus is advocacy in medical institutions to address LGBTQ healthcare disparities. Currently serving on the Board of Directors of Greater Boston PFLAG and on the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. Served on the steering Committee for Freedom for All Massachusetts in the initiative to pass the July 2017 Public Accommodations Legislation.

Poet-in-residence at Everett High School through a Mass Poetry and Mass Cultural Council grant. Taught incarcerated men in the PEN New England program. Co founded and taught a weekly poetry course in the Concord Massachusetts Correctional Institution.

Since completing her MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University, her poetry has appeared in literary journals such as The Massachusetts Review, Connotation Press and Feminist Studies. She has completed residencies at Ragdale, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Hedgebrook.

Between 2000 and 2006 Athena Edmonds founded and managed Zoe Capital, a fund whose principal investment focus was seed stage software start-ups. Before that, she founded and served as Managing and General Partner of Fayerweather, LP, and venture partner at First Light Capital, and Walnut Venture Associates.

Apart from her MFA, Athena Edmonds holds a BS degree from MIT in Materials Science and Engineering, a BS from the Sloan School of Management, and a Certificate of Post-Graduate studies in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge in England.

Born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece, she is married, has four children, and lives in the Boston area.