Who We Are

The name Construct The Present comes from an Alice Walker Quote: "Look at the present you are constructing, it should look like the future you dream of." Alice Walker is known as a phenomenal writer and continues to be a black feminist activist and we are inspired by her voice and influence.

At Construct The Present, we invest our time, energy, and expertise to support you and your team in creating the workplaces and spaces our communities are needing.

We understand that change is not always easy, to smooth the process we utilize:

  • years of expertise

  • equity based fundamentals

  • data-driven results 

  • community engagement essentials.


Alexis James is our Founder & CEO.


Alexis James is a longtime educator and activist. Her current activism is focused on leadership development, employer support and advancing social justice across the nation. Being born and raised in Oregon has created an enduring and unconditional love for the state and a desire to see our communities manifest our social justice dreams.

Communities positively impacted by us

Construct The Present is proud to serve the nation's leading nonprofits, government agencies, and private sector companies. We have the expertise, passion, and skills necessary to provide the solutions you need, and the support to make those goals a reality. We look beyond the obvious to find innovative ways of solving existing and future challenges. Reach out if you’d like to join our list of change makers.

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Dress For Success Oregon

Empowering Women

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Elevate Oregon

Building Relationships

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Partners In Diversity

Creating Strong Networks


Tillamook County Creamery Association

Fresh Perspectives on Food


Oregon Humanities

Connecting Oregonians

Listen to our founder speak about what it takes to get communities engaged in social justice work.

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