Join our Board of Directors!

Find out why Elin Miller recommends you join NWU.

Are you a business professional looking for ways to improve your community, but don’t know where to start? Make NeighborWorks Umpqua your next volunteer destination! Our rural nonprofit has been working in Southern Oregon communities for over 25 years and is looking for Coos, Jackson, and Josephine County community members to join its illustrious Board of Directors. The multimillion-dollar organization is starting the next stage of its development and is on the hunt for the perfect Board candidates to begin service. The perfect NeighborWorks Umpqua board candidate will be equity and diversity-focused and excited about serving alongside an extremely varied group of individuals from all walks of life. From skilled lawyers to passionate community members, our board members come from all sorts of different professions, backgrounds, and neighborhoods. Read what our previous Chair of the Board and successful businesswoman, Elin Miller, has to say about serving on the NWU Board of Directors in her own words.

“As a veteran agricultural and management executive with more than 30 years of senior leadership in corporate, government and nonprofit sectors, I have served in numerous capacities for various organizations. I have had the distinction of serving as global vice president of public affairs for Dow Chemical, vice president of Asia Pacific for Dow AgroSciences, CEO of Arysta LifeSciences, as Director of the California Department of Conservation, and as EPA Region 10 Administrator with jurisdiction over OR, ID, WA, and AK. In addition, my husband Bill and I founded and currently own UmpquaNut Farm and Umpqua Vineyards, growers of high-quality Enis hazelnuts and wine grapes; and I am the principal of Elin Miller Consulting, a regulatory affairs advisory service. I count my work with NeighborWorks Umpqua as an important and fulfilling piece of my history.

In 2009, I was brand new to the Douglas County community and was selected for The Ford Family Foundation (TFFF) Leadership Program. At the time, the CEO of TFFF provided my name to NWU’s former Executive Director Betty Tamm as a potential board member. I was amazed at the breadth and depth of NeighborWorks Umpqua’s services and reach! I am so very proud that I was just lucky to have been nominated since one of the biggest challenges our southern Oregon community faces is housing and NWU is leading the charge in partnering with people to find creative and innovative solutions.

I joined the Board in 2010 and was honored to serve as Chair for three years and now am serving a two-year term as Past Chair and chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. NWU does so very much for our community in such diverse ways. From our real estate portfolio of affordable housing to advancing the growth of our many communities in our service area through microlending, NWU is on the cutting edge of problem-solving for our rural communities. The organization is all about people and making sure everyone has an opportunity for a better life.

The stories shared by our many beneficiaries are so very heartfelt. We haven’t publicized our many accomplishments much in the past and are starting to do so more today. I mean just take a look at our last newsletter publication and get a glimpse of what we do! We are looking for folks who want to have a voice and impact in how NWU can improve the lives of citizens in southern Oregon. Join us today!”

Interested in serving on a Board of Directors dedicated to providing innovative solutions in housing, finance, and community matters? Then sign-up with NeighborWorks Umpqua’s Board of Directors today. Fill out the form below and let’s work together to improve Southern Oregon for all!

Board of Directors Inquiry Form

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