Cliff has strong ties to the nonprofit community in Oregon, having worked as a senior consultant with NAO since 1992. He is a sought-after trainer as well, and is recognized for his work in civic engagement initiatives and cross-cultural effectiveness. Prior to joining NAO, Cliff was an experienced community organizer, having worked in various positions with Tacoma Community House, the Oregon Human Rights Coalition, and Washington County Community Action. He has also worked as a legal advocate, policy analyst, and HIV/AIDS prevention advocate.

Cliff considers his greatest contributions to be working with community leaders to build alliances across differences and witnessing the transformative and courageous work people can accomplish together when they are willing to explore difficult issues. Cliff has a Bachelor of Science in Community Services and Public Affairs from the University of Oregon. When not busy building community and increasing nonprofit effectiveness, you can find Cliff enjoying music and dancing with friends or kayaking.

About his consulting work

Cliff builds nonprofit capacity through training and consulting. His consulting focus areas include strategic planning, board development, cross-cultural effectiveness, workplace mediation and conflict resolution, effective supervision, team building and staff development, and civic engagement. Cliff is a co-founder of Tools for Diversity, a comprehensive curriculum led by a multi-cultural training team that presents solutions to problems caused by privilege, prejudice, discrimination, and oppression.

In the past two decades, Cliff has worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations. Clients include: American Red Cross, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Black United Fund of Oregon, Boys and Girls Aid, Catholic Charities, Central City Concern, Children’s Relief Nursery, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Community Health Partnerships, Friends of the Children, Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council, Housing Authority of Portland, Immigrants Rights Coalition, Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services, Multnomah County Library, New Avenues for Youth, Northwest Health Foundation, Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion, Oregon Nikkei Endowment, Outside In, Partnership for Safety and Justice, Portland Public Schools, and Volunteers of America.

A respected and popular trainer, Cliff has presented workshops and seminars on staff supervision, volunteer management, building alliances across difference, and conflict resolution. Cliff is known and appreciated for his deep listening skills and calm and focused presence when managing conflict.