Debbie Brokaw Jackson has extensive experience in all aspects of nonprofit and business administration. She served as Executive Director of a youth-serving nonprofit in Oregon for eighteen years, and is currently Vice President and Chair of the Board of Brokaw Ranch Company, a local family business.
Since 2007, as an organizational consultant, she has been assisting nonprofits and family businesses negotiate through periods of transition. The services she provides to nonprofits include board and staff development, strategic planning, interim director services, and coaching. Family businesses benefit from her knowledge of their unique challenges. She works with owners and the greater family to help them manage succession from one generation to another, and ensure continued business success.
Debbie earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Davis. She received additional training in Leadership, Effective Organizations, Facilitation, and Community Collaborations through the Ford Family Foundation and the Chinook Institute for Civic Leadership. She also completed the training and examinations required to be a Certified Myers Briggs Practitioner.
Debbie currently serves on the boards of the Santa Paula Art Museum and the Fillmore Pumpers Association. She is on the faculty of the Ventura County Community Foundation, providing instruction in organizational development and leadership.
Elena Brokaw has held numerous positions in cultural agencies in California, and has worked in all aspects of local arts agency and organization administration. She most recently served as the Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Partnerships in the City of Ventura. In that position, she oversaw cultural services, parks, recreation programs, social services, and civic engagement.
Elena earned her bachelor’s degree in art history at Harvard University. Elena has worked extensively as a cultural consultant, for communities as well as organizations. As a lead consultant for the firm Jerry Allen and Associates, she completed Cultural Plans for the cities of Reno, Nevada; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Capitola, California. She has also facilitated public art planning processes for San Diego, California; Reno; and Minneapolis.
In these broad-based community cultural planning efforts, Elena facilitated campaigns that brought representatives of disparate and diverse community groups together, and led arts advocacy campaigns on a local level. Working with large groups, she succeeded in bringing seemingly competing interests to consensus, resulting in successful and actionable cultural planning efforts.
Elena has extensive experience in fundraising. From 2000 to 2002, she served as Director of Alumni Development for the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, working with alumni of the Cinema school. Elena created and staffs a non-profit foundation arm for the City of Ventura’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Partnerships Department. She has raised funds for major community initiatives through federal and state programs, and leads extensive local fundraising efforts.
Elena currently serves as an officer on the board for Women’s Economic Ventures, is the grants co-chair for the Ventura County Social Justice Fund, is a member of the Harvard Selection Committee, and is on the faculty of the Ventura County Community Foundation, providing instruction in organizational development and leadership.