Advocate for LGBTQ Youth, currently serving on the Board of Directors of Greater Boston PFLAG, the steering Committee for FreedomMA and on the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. She is particularly interested in addressing LGBTQ healthcare disparities.
Athena is also a writer. 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. For more than ten years, she advised and mentored companies in how to proceed with early stage venture financing. Also a venture partner at First Light Capital and Walnut Venture Associates, member of Common Angels, and a member of the Venture Capital Advisory Board for the Center of Women and Enterprise in Boston.
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.