Jesse Beason

Jesse Beason is Northwest Health Foundation’s President and Chief Executive Officer. He leads the Foundation in pursuit of its vision of health for everyone in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Before becoming President in January 2019, Jesse served as the foundation’s Vice President of Strategy & Public Affairs. He has also been Executive Director of Proud Ground and Senior Policy Director of Housing, Culture and Planning for then-Commissioner Sam Adams. Jesse keeps saying yes to serving on boards – too many to list here. It’s a dangerous habit. He moved from Denver, Colorado to Portland to attend Lewis & Clark College two decades ago. Jesse is a proud uncle, a semi-closeted sci-fi geek and a middling beekeeper.

Jesse Beason’s Tuesday Sessions  

The Table We Set: From the Boardroom to the Capitol

Breakfast Leadership Forum
Tuesday, April 21st 
7:00am – 8:30am

The Breakfast Leadership Forum is a perfect stand-alone presentation designed for board members and senior staff. It is an opportunity to learn together. Because nonprofit board members may not have time to attend the entire conference, this forum is offered as a separate event –you can attend just this one event or combine it with a full conference registration.

Jesse Beason‘s special morning presentation is sure to be both engaging and productive, so consider registering several representatives from your organization, enjoy breakfast together, and start the day inspired!

7:00am – 8:30am –  (optional, additional cost – can be added during registration)

The Table We Set: From the Boardroom to the Capitol

Jesse Beason is President & CEO of the Northwest Health Foundation, promoted in 2019 after several years as their public affairs director. Earlier in his career, he served in Portland City Hall and ran a nonprofit helping people buy their first homes. Now, Jesse is part of the foundation’s push to expand the boundaries of what it means to invest in the health of our community members.

During our special leadership breakfast session on Tuesday morning, Jesse will share his own personal experiences and observations from his work in and with the nonprofit sector about the good that can come from reflective representation. He will challenge nonprofit board members and senior staff to consider how you can better achieve your organization’s mission by ensuring that those communities you serve are properly represented both within your organization and beyond.

Again, you can join us just for Jesse’s keynote if you cannot attend the full conference!

Please note:

Registration fee: $25 per person
There are no early bird or group discount available.
Conference attendance is not required to attend this event.
A separate registration/fee is required for this event.
The fee includes the cost of breakfast.

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.