Lori Bumgardner-Adair, MPA
CEO and Founder
Ms. Bumgardner-Adair has worked as a successful resource development professional and nonprofit manager in California, Oregon and Washington, as well as directed large-scale deliberative democracy projects at the municipal-level and internationally. Ms. Bumgardner-Adair offers consulting services in nonprofit, faith-based, university, and government settings.
Lori Bumgardner-Adair 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 20 years' 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
In 2004, employed by Lane Community College, Lori was the first to write and submit a successful proposal on behalf of 14 of the 17 Oregon community colleges and their foundations, resulting in a $750,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation to provide scholarships to early childhood education students. When asked how this idea occurred to her, Lori responded, “It seemed silly to compete individually for these funds when there was a simple win-win solution. Nevertheless, working out the details was no easy task.”
As a consultant: When a capital campaign proved unrealistic for a growing nonprofit that served low-income clients, Bethel Temple Israel sold the old synagogue building on Portland Street (Eugene, OR) to Security First Child Development Center for $815,000 in 2009, carrying the Center's financing.