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Where thought leaders share strategic ideas and solutions
that spark positive change in civil society.

Experts from across the nonprofit sector and beyond join the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, to talk about the changing ideas, opportunities, and issues that affect our communities. Each conversation will offer tangible steps that nonprofit organizations, supporters, and partners can take to better our communities.

The Public Space is brought to you by the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. NAO strives to connect, improve, and advance all nonprofits to help build a thriving and vital Oregon. Subscribe to The Public Space wherever you get your podcasts.

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Episode 8: April 15, 2021

Strengthening Community Resilience

Adam Zimmerman, CEO and President of Craft3, shares the story behind the three-year, $5 million grant JP Morgan Chase awarded to Craft3, the Network for Oregon Affordable Housing, and the Community Housing Fund. He also details how they’ll use the grant to address affordability issues and combat gentrification in North and East Portland and also along the proposed light rail line in Southwest Portland. More about this episode.


Episode 7: March 18, 2021

Rebuilding Oregon’s Santiam Canyon Community

Deana Freres, resident of Oregon’s Santiam Canyon community, shares the devastating story of the impacts that the Lionshead and Beachie Creek wildfires had on their community last fall. Deana details how she and others quickly spurred into action to establish the Santiam County Wildfire Relief Fund that provides over $3 million in relief efforts to those affected by the fires. More about this episode.


Episode 6: February 18, 2021

The Race to Lead in the Nonprofit Sector

Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Co-Director of the Building Movement Project joins Lilisa Hall to discuss the racial gap in nonprofit leadership and offers tangible actions to address the gap. More about this episode.


Episode 5: January 21, 2021

Reimagining the Nonprofit World

Shari Dunn, innovator, educator, and thinker and CEO/Principal of ITBOM, Inc. joins Lilisa Hall to reimagine the nonprofit world and alongside it, philanthropy, as well. More about this episode.


Episode 4: December 17, 2020

Recapping 2020 and Looking Ahead to 2021

Jim White, Executive Director of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and Jenn Clemo, Executive Director of the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship join Lilisa Hall to recap 2020 and anticipate what’s ahead for the nonprofit sector in 2021. More about this episode.


Episode 3: November 19, 2020

How the Oregon Latinx Leadership Network Has Galvanized a Statewide Latinx Movement

Anthony Veliz, Founder of the Oregon Latinx Leadership Network joins Lilisa Hall to discuss OLLN and what it means for Oregon’s Latinx community. More about this episode.


Episode 2: October 15, 2020

Managing a Racially Charged Crisis in Real Time

Oregon Coast Community Action’s Executive Director, Kim Brick, and Director of Development and Fundraising, David Navarro, join Lilisa to share their experience handling a racially charged crisis. More about this episode.


Episode 1: September 24, 2020

How to Lead Through a Crisis with Steve Patty of Dialogues in Action

Steve Patty, Founder of Dialogues in Action, joins Lilisa to discuss three key actions leaders can take to guide their teams through a crisis. More about this episode.


Trailer: September 17, 2020

Welcome to The Public Space

Lilisa Hall: [00:00:00] Welcome to The Public Space, where thought leaders share strategic ideas and solutions that spark positive change in civil society. My name is Lilisa Hall and I'm the Membership, Communications, and Advancement Director for the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. Every month, I'll be sitting down with experts from across the nonprofit sector and beyond to talk about the changing ideas, opportunities, and issues that affect our communities.

Steve Patty: [00:00:31] And these days, the world's greatest needs are just expanding. They're changing. They're, they're shifting, which means that our vocation, our work really needs to shift as well.

Lilisa Hall: [00:00:42] Each conversation will offer tangible steps that nonprofit organizations, supporters, and partners can take to better our communities.

Kim Brick: [00:00:52] Speak your organizational truth. What do you stand for?

David Navarro: [00:00:56] Listen, learn, reflect, and grow. You know, these are ideas that all of us can relate to.

Lilisa Hall: [00:01:02] The Public Space is brought to you by the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. NAO strives to connect, improve, and advance all nonprofits to help build a thriving and vital Oregon. Subscribe today wherever you get your podcasts. You can find more information and sign up for our newsletter at nonprofitoregon.org.