About the Goddess

über experienced • works with compassion and conviction • young in spirit

Clients say...

[We rely on her] sense of humor, positive horsepower, and experienced ability to move heavy mental and philosophical objects out of the way, and to provide powerful momentum to break the massive inertia of confusion and inactivity.

-Chris Adsit, National Director, Branches of Valor

She has the uncommon capacity to make rushing toward any project deadline seem fun. She's more likely to show up in jeans than a suit, but don't let that fool you; she's all business!

-Terry Schutten, Executive Director, County Administrative Officers Association of California (former CEO, Sacramento County)

Lori J. Bumgardner has played a key role in many collaborative grants and program efforts that succeeded in achieving its mission. Her strengths are her ability to combine the personal qualities and talents of management, the technical skills in data collection and design, the specific models and techniques of problem solving, and a certain political savvy.

A professional grant writer with more than 25 years of experience in the resource development and program design fields. Lori has the proven ability to take the complex and make it read clearly to the lay person, without losing the value of what is being shared.

A creative campaign consultant who has coached small and large organizations—from child care centers to community colleges—ensuring they meet their capital campaign goals by thinking outside the box and beyond the usual suspects.

An experienced management professional with a successful track record in nonprofit start-ups and organizational change management. Lori has demonstrated effective leadership directing higher education, and government-related research and projects— directing and guiding high performing teams to meet project deadlines in politically charged environments.

A strong background in research methods involving formal analysis, developing policy alternatives for citizen evaluation and "real world" political advice for municipal governments and organizations worldwide. Lori has proven her ability to create and manage innovative, large-scale citizen involvement projects.

Lori was educated at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Oregon. She holds a B.A. in political science and an M.A. in public policy and management

Selected Clients

  • 8th & Olive, LLC

  • A Family For Every Child

  • Bohemia Foundation

  • casa


  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Lane Community College



  • Northwest Health Foundation

  • Oregon Health Authority


  • PeaceHealth Oregon West Network

  • Pullman Regional Hospital

  • Sacramento County (CA)


  • University of Oregon

  • ymca

Selected Successes


  • Pullman Regional Hospital received a federal grant in the amount of $197,763 (year one of a three-year $600,000 grant) from HRSA to provide health coaching/motivational interviewing in acute & primary care settings, and a $250,000 grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust to purchase new equipment to enhance and expand current cardiology services. (2019)

  • Murdock Charitable Trust awarded a $196,000 grant to help A Family For Every Child to establish a development program. With the support from a $50,000 Spirit Mountain Community Fund (SMCF) grant and a $60,000 Bill Healy Foundation grant in 2015, AFFEC will continue to increase the number of Oregon placements through adoptions and/or children reunited with kith or kin (biological family or those who loved them before the children came into care), and to advocate for sustainable long-term system change that results in improved outcomes for “hard-to-place” children stuck in the foster care system. AFFEC was awarded a $50,000 grant from both SMCF and The Bill Healy Foundation in 2013. (2015)

  • 2014 was a benchmark year for projects that integrated medical and behavioral health. Benton County, Oregon, was awarded a $236,065 grant from Health and Human Services to integrate mental health into primary care and improve access to care through the Affordable Care Act. Willamette Family, Inc. was awarded a $125,000 grant from Trillium Community Health Plan to support the integration of primary care into a behavioral health setting, and pilot a Per Person Per Month cost model for 1,200 TCHP adult patients. (2014)

  • Contracted by Northwest Health Foundation to work with a coalition of health service providers in Lane County to apply to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve care. The Oregon Health Authority was awarded a $2 million Adult Medicaid Quality Grant from CMS. (2012)

  • Assisted Lane County nonprofit organizations and agencies to secure more than $3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds. (2009)

  • Secured $300,000 in grants for the new Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Eugene, Oregon, to support a number of start-up health initiatives and organizational capacity building. (2003)

  • Worked as part of a team to raise more than $2 million in grants, major gifts, and in-kind media match over 18 months to underwrite the United Way of Lane County Success By 6 ® initiative. (2000-2002)

  • Co-directed a university-based research institute that developed a model of deliberative democracy which offers a practical opportunity for all citizens to participate, provides citizens extensive information about the nature of the policy problem, engages citizens in the same problem-solving context as elected officials, and uses rigorous methods. Four of the large-scale deliberative processes are the subject of “The practice of deliberative democracy: Results of four large-scale trials” by Edward C. Weeks, Public Administrative Review, 60,(4): 360-372 (2000). Sacramento Decisions, an 18-month “participatory budgeting” process conducted for the City of Sacramento, California (1996) is highlighted in the books Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy by Tina Nabatchi and Matt Leighninger (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2015) and The Next Form of Democracy: How Expert Rule is Giving Way to Shared Governance... And Why Politics Will Never Be The Same by Matthew Leighninger. (Vanderbilt University Press, 2006).