As River Network’s Director of Community Strategies, Jorie leads a range of cross-organizational activities, including: maintaining and expanding River Network’s foundation and government grant portfolio; developing programs and identifying new funding opportunities; providing leadership for River Rally; and supporting the professionalization of River Network’s learning experiences. Prior to joining River Network, she worked in fundraising and strategic communications for the Western Hardrock Watershed Team, Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Center for Contemporary Art Santa Fe, as well as serving nonprofit clients nationwide as an independent consultant and facilitator.
Jorie earned a Ph.D. in Arts Administration, Education, and Policy from the Ohio State University, where she developed research approaches and methods that are activist-oriented and deeply community-based. Her research interests are grassroots philanthropy, critical/public pedagogy, community engagement, and art+ecology collaborations.
Jorie’s passion for conservation and sustainability is an extension of her love for wilderness and public lands. In her free time, she hikes, makes art (weaving and printmaking) and brews kombucha.