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Meet Barbara Briggs

"I firmly believe organizations need a personal connection with somebody who can objectively help them to plan in a strategic way, and to assess the development needs of their board and executive staff. There's nothing more rewarding than helping a group achieve a united vision.

Many times controversial or otherwise difficult decsions must be made be a diverse group of people. Keeping the conversation on track, making sure everyone is heard and injecting a bit of humor into the process is what it's all about!" - Barbara,

Barbara Briggs opened Briggs Business Consulting in 1996, after many years working with nonprofits and governments. She brings over 30 years of experience working with and consulting for nonprofits and governments. She has recently done work for the private for profit sector as well. Her work includes positions as County Accountant, Marketing Director and Executive Director. She has consulted with varied nonprofits, tribal organizations and regional and state-wide government entities. Barbara's diverse understanding of organizational workings makes her a great resource for board development and strategic planning. She has facilitated small group decision making, as well as large group public forums.

Barbara served a four year term as an elected Commissioner for Hood River County; as Commissioner she also served on many regional Boards including the Mid Columbia Council of Governments, Mid Columbia Economic Development District, and the Mid Columbia Center for Living.

Barbara's list of consulting contracts is long and diverse, and includes the following:



City of Hood River Goals Session, Hood River, Oregon


Greater Goldendale Area Chamber of Commerce, Goldendale, Washington


Columbia Gorge Arts In Education, Hood River, Oregon


Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association, Hood River, Oregon


Hospice of the Gorge, Hood River, Oregon


Gorge Community Foundation, Hood River, Oregon


Mid Columbia Wrap Around, The Dalles, Oregon


Mt. Hood Towne Hall, Parkdale, Oregon


Hood River County Chamber Board, Hood River, Oregon


Oregon State Rehabilitation Council, Salem, Oregon


Eastern Oregon Center for Independent Living, Ontario, Oregon


Hood River County Commissioners Goals Session, Hood River, Oregon


Region 4 Workforce Investment Board, Corvallis, Oregon


Grand Ronde Tribal Housing Authority, Grand Ronde, Oregon


Oregon State Independent Living Council, Salem, Oregon


SPOKES Unlimited Board/Staff, Klamath Falls, Oregon



Columbia River Gorge Commission ~ Community Focus Groups  


Duckwall Pooley Fruit Company ~ Annual Management Summit


Gorge Futures Forum ~ Community Meetings


Mid-Columbia Economic Development ~ Community Forum  


SPOKES Unlimited ~ Social Security Admin. Work Incentives Statewide Outreach



   Board Training for Oregon CILs:Western Washington University  


    Independent Living Resources ~ Board Workshop


SRC/SILC/ODC/OCB ~ Joint Legislative Planning Session  



Oregon Conference on Disabilities


Oregon Section, Internation City County Mgmt. Assoc. 

SELECTED CONTRACTS DETAIL (not included above):


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, United Way of Hood River County/United Way of the Columbia Gorge: (March 2005 – December 2006) Responsible for all operations of local United Way organization.Instrumental in coordination of consolidation with United Way of Klickitat Skamania and Mid-Columbia United Funds effective July 1, 2006.

WORK-NET COORDINATOR:(July 2000 - June 2001) Coordinate all activities of the Region Nine Workforce Investment Board. Facilitate continuing collaboration and the spirit of partnership among service providers, local elected officials, and the customers of the Work-Net One-Stop system.Coordinate outreach and communication with business, labor and other workforce components of the community.Maintain working relationships with local elected officials and public sector partners. Establish and maintain ongoing communications with statewide network of Workforce Investment Act partners and One-Stop operators.

OUTREACH COORDINATOR: (April 1999 - September 2000) Contract position with the Oregon State Independent Living Council to provide outreach and public awareness education regarding independent living philosophy and programs for people with disabilities within the state of Oregon. Responsible for promotion of independent living philosophy statewide to increase consumer control in service direction.

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT:(August 1995 - September 1999) Contract position with the Oregon State Independent Living Council, providing executive and administrative services.Duties included coordination of meetings, retreats and conference calls; set up and maintenance of administrative, program and financial records; preparing general correspondence; establishment and oversight of grant and reporting process for Independent Living Centers and special projects; monitoring state and federal legislation; other executive and administrative functions as needed.



COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 1: Hood River County Board of Commissioner ,601 State Street, Hood River, OR. Elected public official serving with four other commissioners as the governing board for Hood River County. Four year term began on January 2, 2007 ended December 31, 2010. As commissioner I also served on many boards, councils and committees, including Mid Columbia Council of Governments, Mid Columbia Economic Development District, Association of Oregon Counties, and Hood River County Visitors Council.

ASSISTANT COORDINATOR:Clark County Dept. of Community Services, Developmental Disabilities DivisionVancouver, WA. Worked with providers of vocational and other services to coordinate programs for people with developmental disabilities.Primary responsibility to facilitate agreement between private contract providers, the county, and state case managers.Attended monthly vendor meetings and belonged to various advocacy groups in Clark County.Facilitated establishment of provider group for Clark County, creating a forum for innovation in services and constructive resolution of conflicts

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:Columbia Gorge Center Hood River, OR. Chief executive for non-profit provider of vocational and residential services for adults with disabilities.Responsible for $2.2 million annual budget and staff of over 70 employees.Maintained liaison between Board of Directors and the organization.Maintained ongoing program of public relations, grant writing and fund raising.Coordinated and directed activities of the organization in accordance with Board policy.Prepared and maintained policies on personnel and operations.

COUNTY ACCOUNTANT: Morrow County Heppner, OR. Department head position.Responsible for operations of accounting office and supervision of staff.Accounted for all budget expenditures for County-operated funds totaling over $5 million. Prepared budget reports, payroll (100+) and accounts payable for all County departments.

RURAL COORDINATOR:East Central Ore. Assoc. of Counties, Pendleton, OR. Coordinated all phases of employment training programs dealing with groups from 15 to 70 years of age.Carried an average caseload of 60 clients. Provided employment counseling which included career development, resume writing and job search.Developed training and work sites.


2009 ~ 2010  

Mid Columbia Center for Living, Chair

2007 ~ 2010

Association of Oregon Counties, (2nd Vice President 2010)

 2001/02 ~ 2009/10

Governor Appointed Member, State Rehabilitation Council  

 2008 ~ 2010

Governor Appointed Member, Oregon Workforce Investment Board

 2007 ~ 2010

The Oregon Consortium Board, (Vice President 2010)  

 2008 ~ present

Member, Hood River County United Way Local Council

 2004 ~ 2006

Member, Hood River County Budget Committee  

 2003 ~ present

Member, Hood River Lions

 2002 ~ 2004

Governor Appointed Member, State Independent Living Council  

 2000 ~ 2004

Board Member, Hood River County United Way  

 1996 ~ 1999

School Board Member, Sheridan School District ,Chair (elected) 

 1995 ~ 1996

Budget Committee Member, Sheridan School District, Chair