Community Action selects Renée Bruce as new executive director

Community Action has selected Renée Bruce as the organization’s next executive director. Bruce, who currently serves as Community Action’s Director of Family & Community Resources, will succeed Jerralynn Ness, Community Action’s executive director since 1984.

Bruce will assume the executive director position on November 1, 2015. Ness will be officially retiring from Community Action on January 1, 2016. During the interim period, she will be available to the organization and the Board to assist with special assignments.

"After a thorough succession planning process and rigorous review of candidates, the Board of Directors is pleased to have found the best individual to assume leadership of this organization,” said Richard Odell, Board Chair at Community Action. “Renée has a track record of accomplishment and strong leadership. This, combined with her integrity, passion, deep organizational knowledge, strategic thinking, understanding of poverty and institutional tenure makes her uniquely qualified to lead Community Action successfully into the future.”

“I'm thrilled that I will have an opportunity to lead this remarkable organization of talented and dedicated individuals,” Bruce said. “I’m also honored to be following in the footsteps of Jerralynn Ness, a truly exceptional person who has helped guide Community Action with great skill and empathy for nearly 42 years.”

"Renée is highly motivated by our mission, deeply trusted by our staff and well-known and respected in the community for her numerous leadership roles,” said Ness. “With 25 years of experience in our organization, 15 at the Director level, she understands and has demonstrated the leadership required to move the dial on reducing poverty, and has played a key role in our achievements. Renée is fully qualified to serve as our Executive Director.”

ATTENTION Portland General Electric (PGE) Customers

Community Action’s Energy Conservation program is currently seeking applicants who use electricity as their primary heat source and are Portland General Electric (PGE) customers.

If you, your family or friends heat your home with PGE, would like your home to be more energy efficient, safe and comfortable, please contact us:

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The cost of living in our communities exceeds what many working families can comfortably afford. Paychecks don't always stretch to cover basic needs, so many families are struggling to make ends meet. Even though more people are working and Oregon's minimum wage is among the nation's highest, lower wages are not covering the basic costs of living. For over 50 years, Community Action has been offering hope, help and change for families in transition. Community Action programs promote the birth of healthy babies, reduce the potential for child abuse and neglect, increase children's chances for success in school, and improve the quality and accessibility of child care. We also offer energy assistance and help to prevent homelessness.


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