Jim White

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’s Monday Session:

Grassroots Advocacy

Grassroots Advocacy
Grow a passionate base of support with strategic communication skills

How is your message heard? Learn why speaking about the values that shape and inform your work can radically advance your mission in your community.

Transform your organization’s message so you can tap into the power of grassroots advocacy.  Understand how our brains receive and process information, and how you as an advocate can utilize this to help elevate your concerns and priorities in community discussions. 

Janet will share some successful strategies you can apply for communicating with policymakers, community leaders and allies.  How you are heard is as important to successful communication as the accuracy of your facts and figures.

You will take home tools, skills, and techniques that will help you hone your message, stay on message, and share it effectively.

 Presented by Janet Byrd, Executive Director, Neighborhood Partnerships