Jim White currently serves as the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. He began this assignment in October of 2012. Jim is deeply committed to social change and has worked in the nonprofit sector both domestically and internationally for more than 20 years. He has a passion for affecting systemic change in the way that the public, private and nonprofit sectors work together to support and strengthen civil society. He is specifically skilled on working to build alliances and partnerships with mission and results driven outcomes in mind.
When asked what drew him to join NAO, Jim responded: “Oregon is a unique state where we celebrate diverse ideas and diverse cultures. We have an engaged and passionate population; people who want to get involved in their community life. I am excited to bring what I have learned in the international context to apply to the concerns, needs and desires of the people of Oregon. I recognize that NAO is the organization that strengthens those voices and provides the kind of capacity building and leadership development that can have systemic change across the sector and beyond.”
Before joining NAO, Jim worked for Mercy Corps for 15 years, most recently as the Vice President of Operations. He has also worked for the International Organization for Migration and the American Red Cross. Jim earned a BS in Engineering Technology from Temple University and a MA in Central Eurasian Area Studies from Indiana University.
Jim White’s Monday Session:
Building Organizational Resilience: Preparing for Economic Downturns and Other Surprises
- Julia Beattie, Chief Lending Officer for People’s Bank
- Dee Anne Everson, Executive Director of United Way of Jackson County
- Barbara Johnson, Executive Director of Community Works
- Jim White, Executive Director of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon
Jim White’s Tuesday Session:
The Critical Role Nonprofits Play in Embodying and Strengthening Civil Society
This in-depth three-hour session will offer participants a chance to think critically about how you approach both external advocacy and internal decision-making, and how those approaches can either degrade or strengthen the foundations of our civil society based on democratic principles. We will discuss a continuum of engagement from the perspective of the nonprofit organization, including:
- Engaging in advocacy to influence policies that effect your target populations/causes.
- Encouraging your target populations to participate in civil society, including not only voting and participating in the census, but also in other ways big and small throughout the year.
- Examining your own internal processes for making decisions that impact the programs and services you offer, and specifically evaluating if the right people are included.
The session will feature panel discussions interspersed with interactive exercises and dialogue among participants. Jim White, executive director of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, will facilitate discussion among our panelists, who bring a wealth of expertise and personal experiences that inform their own approaches to strengthening civil society through their work:
- Jesse Beason, President & CEO of the Northwest Health Foundation
- Michelle Carrillo, Initiative Director, Wild Rivers Community Foundation/Building Healthy Communities
- Kurt Hildebrand, Executive Director of College Dreams
- Lindsey B. Jones, Communications Coordinator for Illinois Valley Community Development Organization (IVCanDO)
- Robin Teater, Executive Director of Healthy Democracy
Participants will leave the session inspired and better prepared to consider their own organization’s opportunities to operate in democratically-principled ways that further empower the people they aim to serve and further strengthen the impact of the community’s voice.