Marc Smiley

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Every experience is an opportunity to learn. For Marc Smiley, those experiences include more than 20 years as a consultant to nonprofit organizations nationwide. They include key staff leadership roles helping to grow and strengthen organizations and key stints as a volunteer leader with organizations that make a difference.

Together these experiences have provided perspective, understanding and passion for effective community service. They also provide stories that can inform, inspire and offer a certain lightness to a learning situation.

Marc’s consulting experience has taken him to nearly every state in the U.S., working in the areas of board governance, strategic planning, board-staff relations, organizational structure and fundraising planning and training.

Marc has worked extensively with  groups focused on conservation, historic preservation, energy and sustainability, affordable housing, and health and human services. He has also published books on board governance, strategic planning and fundraising, as well as dozens of articles in journals and periodicals.

Marc’s broad experience is a ready source of stories that can inform, inspire and a offer a certain lightness to a learning situation.

Marc has served in staff leadership roles with the Oregon Natural Resource Council, River Network, the Yakima Greenway Foundation and the Land Trust Alliance. He has also served on the boards of the Columbia Land Trust, Online Networking for the Environment (ONE-NW) and REACH Community Development.

College includes a degree from the University of Oregon with education that spans the spectrum of the communications arts – from journalism to classical rhetoric.

Marc is a native Oregonian whose efforts to migrate elsewhere can’t overcome a homing instinct. Marc’s head is full of music that spans an eclectic mix, and he can find the perfect lyric from an obscure rock song if the circumstances warrant it. Sadly, it seldom does. Family is important, and raising two boys with his wife Amy may be his most important role. Since the boys are teenagers, the jury is still out.