Portland, September 13, 2012. The Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) reports that Jim White, White, who officially begins on October 8, is deeply committed to social change and has worked in the nonprofit sector both domestically and internationally for more than 17 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. Throughout his career, White has worked on some of the most difficult humanitarian and development challenges of our times, in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, and North Korea. He is specifically skilled on working to build alliances and partnerships so that communities and organizations have a voice in the issues that are most important to them.
(NAO) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has served the nonprofit sector since 1977 providing training, consulting, and advocacy to enhance the capacity of nonprofits to fulfill their missions. Each year we serve over 8,000 nonprofit professionals from across the state.
When asked what drew him to join NAO, White responded, “Oregon is a unique state where we celebrate diverse ideas and diverse cultures. We have one of the most stunning and varied natural environments in the country. 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 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 training that can have systemic change across the sector and beyond. That is something that I want to be involved with!”
Before joining NAO, White worked for Mercy Corps for over 14 years, most recently as the Vice President of Operations. He has also worked for the International Organization for Migration and the American Red Cross. White earned a BS in Engineering Technology from Temple University and an MA in Central Eurasian Area Studies from Indiana University. The Board selected White at the end of a rigorous national search that generated a very large pool of outstanding candidates. Board Chair Rick Nitti says, “We are pleased to have found such a qualified leader and believe that Jim has the vision and skills to enable NAO to become a stronger voice for the sector and advance our work supporting and serving nonprofits statewide.”
The Nonprofit Association of Oregon works in partnership with nonprofits, policy makers, philanthropists, and government agencies to ensure nonprofit success. Through training, consulting, executive transition services, and advocacy, the Nonprofit Association of Oregon helps build strong nonprofits which help build strong and vibrant communities.
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Carrie Kaufman, Director of Communications
Nonprofit Association of Oregon
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