Portland JACL Community Project

Portland JACL Community Project

Portland JACL Community Project

Portland JACL EDI Community Project

Earlier this year your Portland JACL Board submitted a proposal to the Executive Development Institute (EDI) for a 2013 Community Project. We are very pleased to announce that our project was accepted!

EDI is a non-profit agency that provides leadership training to Asian and Hispanic professionals to build a community of diverse global leaders. Its eight month program includes completion of a community project in which participants work in teams and learn about non-profit organizational structures and the differences between a community-based organization and for-profit organization. Participants learn to negotiate and meet project deliverables, gain appreciation for volunteerism and giving back, manage, motivate, and hold accountable diverse teammates with different work styles and backgrounds, and apply learned leadership skills.

The Portland JACL Community Project will assist us to better serve you, our valuable members, and expand to a broader community. The EDI project team will help your Board clarify and develop an outreach strategy by learning more about what people know about JACL, what are the impressions about JACL, is there a need for an Asian and Pacific Islander or Japanese American civil rights organization in Portland and whether JACL can fulfill that role.

We met with our EDI team and are so impressed with their professionalism and enthusiasm for this project. They are:

  • Andrew Chang, team leader. Biological Scientist, Pollution Prevention and Abatement, Bonneville Power Administration
  • Victoria Chang. Tool Engineer, The Boeing Company
  • Janice Kwak. Senior Demand Planner, Nike, Inc.
  • Jared Perez. Civil Engineer-Construction Manager, Bonneville Power Administration
  • Raphy Singzon. Emerging Markets Distribution Manager, Nike, Inc.

The team will be doing some outreach to a sample of our community and hope that if you are contacted you will participate. They are a fantastic group of young emerging leaders who are working hard to meet our mutual goals. Please help and answer the call! Your assistance is greatly appreciated and will be used to help us define, refine, and retool Portland JACL for the future.

If you have any questions about this project and want more information, please feel free to contact your Board members listed in this newsletter. Thanks again for your ongoing support for Portland JACL. The EDI project concludes in November and we’ll update you on their findings then.


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