If you are interested in helping to build and grow an exciting nonprofit, we want to talk with you about running for a position on the ORA Board of Directors. ORA is a unique membership-driven organization working to strengthen democratic processes, build community capacity to identify and take action on issues of community importance and to make rural Eastern Oregon economically and environmentally sustainable through diverse campaigns, projects and issue work.

Ideal board members will have commitment to building resilient, sustainable and diverse Eastern Oregon communities and experience/interest in farming, ranching, food systems, renewable energy, healthcare, social justice or civic engagement. Nominees should be passionate about strengthening the health, wealth, connections and capacity of rural eastern Oregonians.

We value diversity by race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, and occupation and what that brings to the issues and the work of ORA. We encourage all interested persons to nominate yourself or someone else you believe would be a valuable asset to ORA’s leadership. We are committed to providing training, and supporting the development of new leaders.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be a current ORA member
  • Willing and able to serve a one-year or two-year term
  • Willing and able to attend monthly meetings (committees and/or full board meetings), in-person and/or by phone
  • Email access and commitment to good communication
  • Commitment to the goals and mission of ORA

Board Member Responsibilities

As a board member, you or the person you nominate will gain valuable experience. All boards of directors have to be responsible for their organization, including how the organization is managed and how solvent it is. ORA is a good place to acquire that knowledge. Here are the details about ORA Board Responsibilities.

About Oregon Rural Action

Oregon Rural Action incorporated in 2002 as a 501(c) (3) membership-based non-profit. Our mission is to support and encourage community organizing around locally identified issues, with a shared vision of creating a healthy, democratic and just society. ORA’s members, chapters and action teams work to promote social justice, agricultural and economic sustainability, and stewardship of the region’s land, air and water.

How to Apply

To nominate someone, including yourself, please fill out this form and mail it to the above address, or drop it off at our office. Completed applications are due by September 1, 2017.

For more information, Blue Mountain Chapter members can contact Bridget Thamert at thamerb@eou.edu or 541-805-9355. Snake River Chapter members can contact Lacy Folden at lacy.folden@gmail.com or 541-543-0054. All other members can contact Bill Whitaker at wwhitak@boisestate.edu or call the ORA office at 541-975-2411.

***Please be aware when nominating someone other than yourself, that your nominee must be in agreement to accept the nomination. Their completed application is due in the office by September 1.

The Nominating Committee will prepare a slate drawn from the pool of nominees. Ballots will be mailed out to the ORA membership in September. All ballots must be returned to the ORA office no later than October 6.

Election results will be announced at our Annual Meeting on October 14, 2017.