Barbara Johnson

Barbara Johnson has been affiliated with Community Works for 12 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.   

Prior to her Community Works role, she served as Administrative Coordinator for Hearts and Vines Foundation which is dedicated to addressing domestic violence and provides funding for Community Works and other southern Oregon nonprofit agencies.    

Barbara has served in numerous community volunteer roles including President of Hillcrest Committee which is dedicated to raising funds for cancer research, Jackson County Homeless Task Force Continuum of Care Advisory Board, and a member of the Public Safety Coordinating Council.  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 Goldendoodle “Tucker”. 



Barbara’s Monday Sessions:

So Your Budget Has Been Slashed

Funding sources have dried up – now what? Come and listen to a panel of nonprofit professionals who have experienced significant changes in their budget.  How did they adjust?  Who did they ask for help?  Discover best practices including: never compromising safety, encouraging staff, sticking to your fundraising, and focusing on the target market.  Also, learn about reducing budgets, developing a contingency plan, monitoring the data, and keeping everyone informed.

Roger Hassenpflug, Consultant, Former CEO of Living Opportunities

Amy Thuren, Director, The Valley School
Barbara Johnson, Executive Director, Community Works
Emilie Wylde Turner, Chief Executive Officer, Living Opportunities