Understanding the Real Financial Health of Oregon

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The North Star Civic Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Craft3, American Leadership Forum of Oregon and InterMountain ESD, in partnership with Portland State University Center for Public Service, joined together in 2017 to evaluate the fiscal health and resilience of local governments in Oregon.

The purpose was to understand the fiscal challenges facing public entities in each part of Oregon and to assess options for addressing these financial and community concerns. The first phase of this research provided a sense of the magnitude of the fiscal pressures that local public employers face and the timeline during which some of these budget realities may impact community resiliency and prosperity.

This Learning Session will offer reflections on bringing together insights from philanthropic, financial, academic and community institutions, revealing new data and modeling of the fiscal health of Oregon communities.

Speaker Information:

Caitlin Baggott Davis is a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader with eighteen years of demonstrated success in civic engagement, nonprofit management, and policy advocacy. Prior to helping launch North Star Civic Foundation, Caitlin spent two years as an independent strategy and communications consultant, focused on bringing independent analysis and outcomes-focused problem solving to intractable public-interest issues. In 2002 Caitlin helped launch Oregon’s youth civic engagement organization, the Bus Project, where she served as executive director from 2011-2013. While at the Bus Project, Caitlin founded and led the organization’s nationally recognized leadership program, PolitiCorps, which has engaged more than 200 aspiring young leaders in public service. During her time with the Bus Project, Caitlin served on the founding boards of The Mother PAC, a mother-led political group focused on supporting candidates who will be champions for women’s economic security, and Oregon Voice, a non-profit creating infrastructure for progressive civic organizations around the state.

After years of managing youth-focused voter registration drives, Caitlin led the Bus Project team that developed a framework for passing a series of Oregon bills that would make voter registration in Oregon nearly universal – the crown jewel of which passed in March 2015 under the leadership of Gov. Kate Brown.

Emily Evans was formerly the Lead Development Officer at the Forum for Youth Investment, a nonprofit think tank in Washington DC. During her five-year tenure, Emily directed an annual multi-million dollar fund development effort and partnered with national and local foundations all over the country. Prior to her work at the Forum, Emily helped launch the Women’s Leadership Institute in Washington DC as Interim Director of Partnerships and Advancement. While there, she secured the largest board member gift in the organization’s history and helped produce events featuring notable women leaders including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, NPR’s Linda Wertheimer, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. Emily’s undergraduate degree is from Bryn Mawr College and while completing her Master’s in Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, she was president of the Maxwell Women’s Caucus.

Ian Galloway is the Director of the Center for Community Development Investments and the Community Development Regional Manager for the State of Oregon. Ian researches and presents regularly on a variety of community development topics including crowdfunding, investment tax credits, the social determinants of health, impact investing, and Pay for Success (social impact bonds). He recently co-edited the book What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities, which explores outcomes-based funding and contracting in the social sector. Before joining the Federal Reserve, Ian developed a job training social enterprise for the Portland, Oregon, homeless youth agency Outside In. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Colgate University.


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