Manitou is a Native American concept represented by the Algonquin and Ojibwe words for spirit, essence, or life force.  Manitou embodies the true nature of all things, animate and inanimate, that inhabit our world, including those dimensions beyond our senses.  The timeless and ever-flowing essence of manitou moves us all to seek a higher purpose, find hidden meaning, act with authenticity and integrity, and add genuine value through our interactions with the world around us.

Manitou Northwest is a woman-owned enterprise located in Portland, Oregon.  We specialize in planning, project management, strategic public policy, and community engagement work in partnership with public, private, and non-profit clients.

We operate in collaboration with our sister firm based in Peekskill, New York, Manitou, Inc., which is a SBA-certified 8a minority-owned business enterprise specializing in community development, public safety, planning, and program evaluation projects in the U.S. and abroad.