Two staff promoted to leadership roles

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Roseburg, Oregon.: The Ford Family Foundation is proud to announce the promotion of two key staff members to leadership positions. Kathleen Flanagan was promoted to director of Community Economic Development and Max Gimbel was promoted to director of the Ford Institute for Community Building. These promotions reflect both their valuable contributions to the Foundation and their statewide leadership on key issues relevant to communities in rural Oregon and Siskiyou County, California.

Kathleen Flanagan joined the Foundation in 2016 to support the development of the then-new Community Economic Development department. Her work has focused on rural economic development, family financial stability, and supports for rural entrepreneurs and small businesses. Flanagan previously worked for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Ore. Since joining the Foundation she has become recognized as a statewide leader and content area expert in rural economic development.

Max Gimbel has brought community building expertise and spirit to the Foundation since 2012 as the associate director of the Ford Institute for Community Building. Community builders across the region know him for supporting community-led efforts to create deeper connections and build capacity in support of positive change. In the role of director of the Ford Institute, Gimbel will provide leadership and create greater synergy across programmatic departments as the Foundation grows as an embedded funder in the region.

“Kathleen and Max bring critical insight on the needs of rural communities to the Foundation’s management team,” president Anne Kubisch explained. "Their two departments are key to the unique role that The Ford Family Foundation plays in our region — focusing on the rural economy and building community capacity and social capital. We are fortunate to have such experienced and committed leaders to carry that work forward.”

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