Lisa Dawson

Executive Director, Northeast Oregon Economic Development District

Richland/Kennewick/Pasco, Washington Area
Nonprofit Organization Management

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Lisa Dawson's Overview

  • Treasurer at Northeast Oregon Networks
  • Past Board Chair at Oregon Economic Development Districts
  • Board Member at National Association of Development Organizations
  • Executive Director at Northeast Oregon Economic Development District
  • Volunteer Coordinator at Oregon Pavilion, Expo 86

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Lisa Dawson's Summary

Economic and community development professional with 20 years experience in rural development. A large part of my work experience has been helping business owners and entrepreneurs access the resources they need to start and grow their businesses. I also enjoy working with non-profit and ad-hoc organizations to help them define and meet their goals. Grant writing, project development and management, and reporting on federal and state grant programs are a regular part of my work. I have a good grasp on financial administration, fund accounting and financial controls.


Facilitation of decision-making processes
Facilitating business planning classes for small businesses and entrepreneurs
Consultant for non-profit boards
The National Development Council Economic Development Finance Professional certification

Lisa Dawson's Experience

Government Agency; 1-10 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

2010Present (4 years)

Past Board Chair

Oregon Economic Development Districts

2009Present (5 years)

Helped to start the organization. Drafted by-laws, code of ethics, 501(c)(3) application. Developed meeting agendas and chaired meetings.

Board Member

National Association of Development Organizations

2001Present (13 years)

Served on Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy advisory committee to provide input to the Economic Development Administration.

Government Agency; 1-10 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

December 1993Present (20 years 10 months)

Management and financial oversight of quasi-governmental, not-profit organization. Service delivery responsibilities include: project development and administration, grant writing and administration, business development services including delivery of loans, IDA program and business planning classes and consulting to businesses, technical assistance to non-profit organizations, strategic planning, and economic development planning for three-county region.

Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Market Research industry

2011October 2013 (2 years)

Chaired search committee for new Executive Director, served on personnel policy committee, helped guide organization during period of transition.

Economic Development Specialist

Northeast Oregon Economic Development District

Government Agency; 1-10 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

August 1989February 1993 (3 years 7 months)


Parmenter Studios

19871989 (2 years)

Volunteer Coordinator

Oregon Pavilion, Expo 86

19861986 (less than a year)

Lisa Dawson's Skills & Expertise

  1. Economic Development
  2. Community Development
  3. Grant Writing
  4. Non-profits
  5. Grants
  6. Workshop Facilitation
  7. Public Speaking
  8. Community Outreach
  9. Small Business
  10. Nonprofits
  11. Entrepreneurship
  12. Fundraising
  13. Strategic Planning
  14. Program Development
  15. Local Government
  16. System Administration
  17. Event Planning
  18. Research
  19. Leadership
  20. Volunteer Management
  21. Business Planning
  22. Management
  23. Project Management
  24. Policy
  25. Business Development
  26. Public Policy
  27. Government
  28. Non-profit Administration
  29. Social Entrepreneurship
  30. Leadership Development
  31. Policy Analysis
  32. Organizational Development
  33. Public/private Partnerships
  34. Board Development
  35. Philanthropy
  36. Proposal Writing
  37. Community Organizing
  38. Program Evaluation
  39. Administration
  40. Capacity Building
  41. Public Relations
  42. Program Management
  43. International Development
  44. Strategic Communications
  45. Rural Development
  46. Microfinance
  47. Corporate Social Responsibility
  48. Board Relations
  49. Economics
  50. Social Enterprise

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Lisa Dawson's Education

University of Puget Sound

Bachelor's degree, Economics


Lisa Dawson's Additional Information


Community development, music and art

Groups and Associations:

National Association of Development Organizations board member, Oregon Economic Development Districts past president, ArtsEast, Wallowa County Business Facilitation, Joseph United Methodist Church lay leader, PEO Chapter R past president

Honors and Awards:

2008 Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce Leader in Entrepreneurialism

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