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Guadalupe Guajardo, Senior Consultant
Guadalupe has deep roots in the nonprofit community in Oregon, having worked as a senior consultant with NAO since 1988. She is known for her acute understanding of organizational development issues, as well as her capacity for building meaningful community and individual connections. Prior to her consulting work with NAO, Guadalupe worked as a community organizer and trainer.
Guadalupe holds a doctorate in Transformative Learning and Change from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, an MA/ABS in Organization Development from the Leadership Institute of Seattle, and an MA in Theology from Mt. Angel Seminary. Guadalupe is a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary of the USA—Ontario Province, currently headquartered at Marylhurst, Oregon.
When not busy at NAO, you can find Guadalupe dancing to country, waltz, and a variety of other music genres, as well as playing the autoharp and mountain dulcimer.
About Guadalupe’s Consulting Work
A nonprofit consultant for over 25 years, Guadalupe specializes in organizational development, board training, leadership development, and cultural competency. Guadalupe works with new and emerging nonprofits, as well as those in transition. She is bi-lingual and bi-cultural and able to train and facilitate in both English and Spanish. Guadalupe is a co-founder of Tools for Diversity, a comprehensive curriculum led by a multi-cultural training team that presents solutions to problems caused by privilege, prejudice, discrimination, and oppression.
Over the years Guadalupe has worked with hundreds of nonprofits, including Growing Gardens, FolkTime, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Street Roots, Oregon Latino Agenda for Action, Heritage University, and African Women’s Coalition.
In addition to her consulting work for NAO, during 1980–1990 Guadalupe worked with the Center for Third World Organizing, based on Oakland, California, developing and supervising leadership programs for young people of color. She has held local and national leadership positions with many groups, including the US Catholic Conference of Bishops, Campaign for Human Development, and the DC-based Partnership for Democracy, as well as chair of the board for ATR now the Social Justice Fund. She is an American Leadership Fellow for Oregon recipient.
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