TOPIC: The Non-Profit Brown Bag Lunch 'n Learn - Nonprofit Employee Resilience - the importance of self-care.
Jan Dowker will be discussing the importance of engaged employees, board members, and essential volunteers in connection with the nonprofit mission. A key practice in that engagement is ensuring that a nonprofit's team has the tools to succeed and to make sure that they are mindful of their health, including mental, physical, and spiritual.
Jan Dowker is a former nonprofit executive with extensive experience in nonprofit management and operations, financial planning and strategic fund development, grant management, media relations, strategic partner and issues management, and promotional writing. She has over 35 years of experience working in leadership, management, politics, and government affairs for public, private and nonprofit organizations. Jan is the former Executive Director for Berthoud Habitat for Humanity, serving for over 6 ½ years in that role. Her responsibilities included the professional leadership of affiliate activities to achieve the charity mission of building homes in partnership with Berthoud residents in need of adequate housing. She managed all operational and administrative duties including financial planning, compliance with Habitat for Humanity International, grant management, acting as a Qualified Loan Originator for BHFH in working with applicants and partner families, fundraising, development of community and regional partnerships, and overseeing daily operations for the affiliate.
Jan served as director of public relations for S. Robert August & Company, Inc., of Colorado, and worked for Michigan Senate Democratic Leader, John D. Cherry, Jr., the former Lieutenant Governor of Michigan. She also served in numerous legislative and political capacities with the Michigan House Democratic Caucus, Michigan Senate Democratic Caucus, and members of the state legislature. She has worked on political and ballot initiative campaigns throughout the United States, including California, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, New York, and New Jersey, serving as a consultant, political director, campaign manager and field manager.
Jan has been involved in improving the local schools as a member of the Berthoud Schools Fund Board of Directors, serving as Secretary in 2009-10. Jan is also the former chair of the marketing committee for the Berthoud Economic Resource Team (BERT) and was involved in working to enhance the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver’s philanthropic arm, The Homebuilders Foundation (HBF) through the media relations efforts of the Public Information Committee, as well as production of videos to tell the HBF story in how the building community gives back to families in need.
Elected Official / Appointments:
2011 – 2012 Trustee Town of Berthoud
2012 – 2016 Mayor Pro Tem - Town of Berthoud
2014 – 2015 Member – CDOT Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee
2014 Chairwoman - North Front Range Metro Planning Organization Council
2012 – 2016, 2018-2019 Commissioner - Berthoud Planning Commission
2019-2023 Chair – Berthoud Planning Commission (2011 - 2015) Member – Colorado Municipal League Policy Committee 2013 – 2015 Member – CML & CCI Special Highway Committee
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