I am a community development consultant dedicated to supporting public and private non-profit organizations and Tribes in the development and management of healthy, compassionate organizations and communities. I have worked in every Oregon county and with most federally-recognized Tribes. Primary areas of my work involve planning and facilitation, teaching and training, program development and evaluation, outreach and equity, and network and coalition development. My website details my approach and projects in the U.S. and Europe. Working in other countries and cultures deepens my practice.
I hold a Master of Science degree in Community Systems Planning and Development from Pennsylvania State University. I am also a 2008 recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant which enabled me to teach for the Cultural Management Program at the Potsdam Fachhochschule -- an applied sciences university in Potsdam, Germany. From 2007-2018 I taught Community Cultural Development and other courses for the Arts Administration Program at the University of Oregon.
Much of my work focuses on identifying, supporting, and developing local culture toward broader community improvement goals. Culture (what we feel most strongly about) is the glue that brings people together or tears them apart, and can be key to successful community development. I am a dedicated listener and facilitator, and often work with and on behalf of people and places who have historically not had equal access to resources.