Wednesday, January 24, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. Light breakfast provided.

Event Description

Looking Ahead: Forecasting Conversation and Networking Coffee

Facilitated by
Jim White, Executive Director, NAO
Phillip Kennedy-Wong, Director of Public Policy, NAO

Join us for an engaging and insightful morning of discussion, networking, and coffee. We'll delve into the challenges, triumphs, and developments shaping our sector and nonprofit advocacy. Participants can expect to gain valuable insights into what nonprofits face, fostering a deeper understanding of the sector's unique needs and opportunities.

The spotlight will also be on the exciting prospects awaiting the nonprofit community in Oregon. By exploring emerging trends and potential growth areas, attendees will leave with a heightened sense of enthusiasm and purpose. However, this event goes beyond just exploring the positives; it will also address the issues that demand careful attention. By discussing areas of concern, participants will be equipped to develop proactive strategies for tackling challenges head-on.

Whether you are a seasoned nonprofit professional, an aspiring leader, or simply curious about the sector's impact, this event promises to be a source of inspiration, knowledge, and actionable insights. Come and join us as we discuss our nonprofits, communities, and the sector at large, all in pursuit of making a lasting positive impact in Oregon and beyond.

NAO is committed to creating inclusive learning environments and providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Automatic closed captioning via Zoom is turned on by default for all NAO virtual sessions. For other accommodation requests, please contact us at Advanced notice of at least 10 days is appreciated.

About the Facilitators

Jim White, Executive Director, NAO

Jim White joined the Nonprofit Association of Oregon as the Executive Director in October 2012. He is deeply committed to the social change through private action and has worked in the nonprofit sector both domestically and internationally for more than 25 years. Jim has a passion for affecting systemic change in the way that the public, private and nonprofit sectors work together to support and strengthen our communities and civil society. He believes that one of the purest democratic values is having private individuals identify needs and solutions, and lead change in their communities for the greater good. Through NAO, Jim is proud to help build the capacity, leadership and voice of Oregon’s vibrant nonprofit sector.  

Before joining NAO, Jim worked for Mercy Corps both overseas and in Oregon. He has also worked for the International Organization for Migration and the American Red Cross. He has a M.A. in Eurasian Studies from Indiana University and a B.S. in Engineering Technology from Temple University.  

Phillip Kennedy-Wong, Director of Public Policy, NAO

Phillip Kennedy-Wong is a public policy professional with over 20 years of experience lobbying at the state, local, and federal levels. He has worked for several nonprofit organizations throughout his career and served on nonprofit boards. He brings a strong foundation and understanding of the nonprofit sector including operations, board management, fundraising, programming, and tax law. 

Phillip brings a perspective that is not shared by many public policy professionals in Oregon: lived experience as a person of color and a child of immigrants that informs his work in this profession. His parents had no formal education, spoke very little English, raised his autistic brother, worked hard in low-skilled, low-wage jobs all their lives so their children could pursue a better life. As the result of their sacrifices, he was blessed to be the first in his family to go to college, pursue enriching life experiences including military service and graduate school; build a career as a successful, senior level professional public policy advocate and give back to his community. 

Phillip served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves while earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Lewis and Clark College. Upon graduating, he went to work right away as a field organizer on a political campaign during the 1992 presidential election. Getting the political bug, he proceeded to earn a Master of Science in public policy from Rutgers University and has never looked back in his public service career. Phillip lives in Portland with his wife, two daughters, and two cats.

Thank You Sponsors and Funders

Partner Sponsor: Umpqua Bank
Friend Sponsor: CFO Selections
Foundation Supporters: Meyer Memorial Trust and M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust


$45 NAO Members
$75 Nonmembers

This event is Member Pass eligible.

If you have any questions or trouble registering, contact


January 24th, 2024 from  9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
The Melody Event Center
Morrison Room - 2nd Floor
615 SE Alder St
Portland, OR 97214
Event Fee(s)
Price $75.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Advocacy and Public Policy, Leadership Development, Networking
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding
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