SOCIAL JUSTICE NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP
Investor and Volunteer 1989 – 2017
This global cooperative is one of the world’s largest providers of microfinance capital, with staff indigenous to the regions they serve, and a sector leader in social performance measurement.
- Nomination Committee, Oikocredit International (2014-15 Committee Chair)
- Advisor, Oikocredit USA Board of Directors following two terms as a director (2008-2014)
- Co-Founder & 2013 Board President, Oikocredit Northwest USA Support Association
Saint Mark’s Cathedral
Social Justice Pastor 2006 – 2012
An Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle with a long tradition of social justice activism on diverse issues, it serves as a public, interfaith commons for the Greater Puget Sound.
- Extraordinary preacher, teacher and speaker
- Keen group process analyst and animator
- Oversaw a dozen volunteer driven social justice missions
- Represented cathedral on community nonprofit boards
Founding Executive Director 1991 – 2006
An innovative nonprofit social venture serving crew who work aboard cruise and cargo vessels that frequent Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale’s commercial seaport.
- Visionary developer of startup growth that attracted a global record number of clients; increased the number of employees from 1 to 32; and expanded hours of operation fivefold
- Recruited and managed exceptionally multi-cultural staff speaking 18 languages and serving clients from 75 countries
- Social entrepreneur who Introduced innovative technologies that increased client services, grew operating revenue and affiliated with peer agencies throughout 70 U.S. and Canadian seaports
- Transformed a narrow Episcopal Church base to include the collaboration of labor, business, government, civic, ecumenical and interfaith partners
Consultant 1989 – 1991
Kaiser Family Foundation, Institute of International Education, Episcopal Church’s Jubilee Program
- Research and analyze funding patterns; draft policy recommendations
- Travel widely throughout the United States to appraise grassroots nonprofit grant applicants and interpret funder’s objectives
Trinity Grants Program
Program Associate, Africa 1986 – 1989
Staff responsibility for two annual budgets: $1.25m to strengthen indigenous development work of African Churches, and $250k in support of South African church efforts to overcome apartheid.
- Extensive travel among 25 African countries in search of philanthropic partnership with innovative indigenous leaders
- Excellent communication and critical thinking skills linking rural African with a Wall Street board by interpreting each one’s respective interests to the other
- Research and draft policy recommendations; manage proposal development; monitor and evaluate funded projects.
SOUTH AFRICAN RELATED EXPERIENCE
Residency 1976 – 1977
Initially invited by Desmond Tutu to teach in a black seminary, other roles evolved over two years that Steve Biko rated as the most diverse of any visitor he knew.
- Research, compilation and smuggling of Biko’s writings for a book published in five languages, Steve Biko – I Write What I Like
- Achieved Xhosa language fluency sufficient for solo travel in rural areas and urban townships
- Profound access into both English and Afrikaans-speaking white societies
- Forged contacts among anti-apartheid activists who moved into senior leadership roles during the transition to democratic rule
- Researched South African history
Advocacy 1978 – 1986
Eight years of U.S.-based work interpreting South Africa’s challenge to the world view of North Americans, including various institutional roles and 18 months ‘on the road’ as an itinerant speaker.
- Public speaking among diverse audiences in 100+ North American cities on themes of South African history, people and churches, as well as U.S. economic relations
- Authored discussion guide for encountering the South African Kairos Document of radical Christian theology born amid grass roots resistance to apartheid in the mid 1980s
- Key producer of anti-apartheid media featuring prophetic South Africans including a film nominated for an Academy Award as Best Documentary; and a video awarded with a Golden Eagle
- Divestment campaign leadership included a one-on-one debate broadcast live on CNN the morning Congress passed the 1986 Anti-Apartheid Act
Kalamazoo College (B.A. 1973)
foreign study in Sierra Leone; three political internships
University of Chicago Divinity School (M.A. 1975)
specialization in inter-religious encounter
Spanish Language Skills
several periods of intensive study and practice over 25 years
Whidbey Institute’s “Powers of Leadership”
series of six leadership training retreats 2006-2015