Principal Owner & Consultant
For nearly 20 years I have worked in the non-profit trenches, leading organizations and tackling challenges. Prior to that, I worked in the for-profit sector, leading startup and established companies. In each organization I built my knowledge of management, leadership and the cultivation of thriving organizations.
After leaving the University of Oregon in the mid 1980s I opened the first "commercial only" Kinko's in the nation (i.e.not located next to a college campus with a captive market), located in Portland's Lloyd district. I grew that store from a four person shop to a 35 person "mega store," boasting some of the top sales in the nation. After leaving Kinko's I opened three small business ventures with mixed success. After reflecting on my strong desire to make a difference in the world through my work I shifted my sights to the non-profit sector, joining DePaul Industries in 1997. There I created and operated business lines that employed people with disabilities. I managed four divisions operating out of seven offices in Oregon and Washington, with a peak staff of 850. I worked for DePaul for five years, and was ready for a new challenge when I was presented with the opportunity to lead an organization as Executive Director at HOST Development.
As Director of HOST Development I focused my attention on creating first time home buyer opportunities for low and moderate income families Portland. I grew the organization from a single project entity that built 100 homes in its first 10 years with a staff of three, to the largest nonprofit affordable home ownership provider in the state, with a staff of eight and eight projects going at once. During the first six years we built 300 homes and were recognized nationally.
More recently I served as Director of Oregon Opportunity Network, a statewide association of non-profits providing affordable homes and services to low and moderate income Oregonians, working diligently to capture more resources and create better policies for the creation of more affordable housing throughout the state. While at Oregon ON I increased our influence and impact at the local, state and federal levels by devising techniques to engage our members with elected and public officials. I also led programs that increased the capacity of our members to better serve their constituents, and grew the budget of the organization by 20%.
I am excited to share the lessons and practices I've learned over the past 30 years with organizations looking to solve problems, stabilize and grow their fiscal health and mission impact.