Community Renaissance Anita C. Fonte, PhD. Principal Consultant
We will be celebrating International Days of Happiness on March 20th and 25th with several community partners in Tucson. For frequent updates go to


​​Community Renaissance is a consulting  and publishing business based in Tucson, Arizona and serving the West and Southwest regions.   Founded in 2003, Community Renaissance has offered public process research, analysis, training and facilitation services, particularly focusing on the processes of community capacity-building and decision-making through community-based public participation and engagement.   Community Renaissance is a member of LocalFirstArizona, The Public Conversations Project  exChange and continues to support the practices of the Kettering Foundation's National Issues Forum Institute .  In 2010, the Partnership for Equity and Civic Engagement, initiated as a collaborative effort among non-profits in 2007, became a program division of Community Renaissance.  Through this division, Community Renaissance is able to offer limited pro bono services to support community-based efforts. 

Beginning in 2013 and continuing 2015-2018, the focus for Community Renaissance is to promote community happiness, well-being, and community prosperity through diverse positive collaborations, particularly through Thriving Today, BuildUP^ Tucson & Beyond and Do Happy Today.  In 2018 we will be shifting our community development work to collaborations with others such as Southwest Fair Housing Council and Pima County's Ending Poverty Now Program.


​​As a selected press publisher, Community Renaissance launched Talk UP^ Tucson, authored by Anita Fonte with photos by Mark Grushka and Aron Fonte-Grushka.  The book was released  April, 17, 2013. A second short story collection by Anita and four other authors, Writing at the Paradise Café, was also published in 2013 ​​Anita is a new member of the Association of Independent Authors

​ Writing at the Paradise Café is available for purchase ($12.00 plus tax and mailing costs if applicable) upon request to the following:

Contact Information:
Anita C. Fonte

Photographer:  Mark J. Grushka

Program Associates:  Tasha Lynch, Tina Marie Sommers  (current), Larissa Diaz and Anna Steeve-Reese (2014-September, 2015), Beau James (2006-2012) and Tayo Akanni (2009-2010)