Barbara Johnson

Barbara Johnson has been affiliated with Community Works for 14 years serving first as a member of the Board of Directors where she held roles as Secretary and also as the Board Development Committee Chair. She joined the organization as an employee in 2013 as Victim Services Director and in 2015, became Executive Director of the agency, where she oversaw an agency restructuring and reorganization and the continued development of a strong team that is providing vital professional services for the greater good of the community.  Under Barbara’s leadership Community Works has grown 33% in revenue and doubled staff providing community based services, transitional housing, and permanent housing services throughout Jackson County.

Barbara has demonstrated a passion to serve our vulnerable victimized community as a member of the Continuum of Care Advisory Board, Jackson County Council Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, and Public Safety Coordinating Council.

Barbara has served in numerous community volunteer roles including President of Hillcrest Committee which is dedicated to raising funds for cancer research.  Barbara’s nonprofit experience began with the Junior League of Dallas, which is the largest Junior League in the United States. She was an active member for over fifteen years and held the role of Community Executive Director.

Earlier in her career, Barbara worked in business management and consulting for  over twenty years for cable/communication companies in Sacramento, California, Dallas, Texas and Los Angeles, California. For ten years, she was Regional Manager for CableData in Dallas, Texas for a regional office providing services for over 200 cable/communication companies that represented over two million customers.

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Barbara now resides in Medford, Oregon. She graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a BFA degree.  She enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her husband Rudd, children Hogan and Rudd and their adorable Goldendoodle “Tucker”.

Barbara Johnson’s Monday Session:

Building Organizational Resilience: Preparing for Economic Downturns and Other Surprises

Is your organization ready to weather the next economic downturn? Are you prepared to take quick and decisive action to ensure your organization can continue fulfilling its mission despite the ups and downs of the economy or other unforeseen setbacks? Too often, disruptions and upheavals sneak up and surprise us. This session will offer participants critical guidance for making your organization more resilient by planning ahead, getting your finances in order, and learning to recognize the signs of economic downturn before it occurs. You’ll hear from a panel of experts with real-life experience about how data, trends, and specific planned steps can help your nonprofit be more resilient, adapt to changes, and swiftly recover from setbacks. This lively panel discussion, facilitated by Annie Jenkins, Consultant at 28-East, will feature individuals who all gained valuable lessons during the last economic downturn, and who each bring a unique perspective, including the nonprofit sector and the financial services industry: The session will leave participants better-prepared to take preventive action through a list of critical steps before an economic downturn begins.