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Ron Whitmore has experience-based expertise in the following fields:
  • Community planning and development, including 15 years experience in community planning, 14 years experience in community-based economic development, and 6 years experience with international development projects (examples listed below)
  • Food systems development, including 13 years experience in sustainable agriculture, international agricultural development, and aquaculture (examples listed below).
  • Capacity building, including 6 years experience with leadership development, 7 years experience with organizational development, and 11 years experience with community mobilization (examples listed below)
Community Planning and Development Experience
  • Deputy Director, Department of Research and Development, County of Hawaii (2017-present)
  • Managed the General Plan comprehensive review for the County of Hawaii Planning Department (2014-2016)
  • Managed the Ka`u Community Development Plan for the County of Hawaii Planning Department (2008-2016)
  • Developed detailed planning steps for Kahalu‘u Beach Park redevelopment for the Kohala Center (2013)
  • President, Hilo Halai Kumiai (2011-2012)
  • Engaged 100s of volunteers in an ongoing visioning-planning process as founding CEO of the NorthWest Lansing Healthy Communities Initiative (now the NorthWest Initiative), a resident-driven community development corporation (2000-2005). Launched and supervised: WestSide Alliance commercial corridor revitalization project (now the Saginaw Oakland Commercial Association); the Vision 2020 targeted, comprehensive development project; and a free tax preparation site that emphasized access to the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is proven to be one of the most effective federal poverty alleviation programs.
  • As part of the Design Regional Detroit initiative, facilitated a series of community conversations designed to engage a broad spectrum of community stakeholders in a comprehensive planning process (2006)
  • Wrote a planning proposal for the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan's (CEDAM) new community organizing program (2006)
  • Founding Board Member and de facto President, Renaissance Neighborhood Association (1999-2005). Catalyzed the creation of the association and contributed toward building a strong sense of community and neighborhood identity.
  • Served as International Program Development Assistant for the Bean/Cowpea Collaborative Research Support Program, which developed and disseminated improved varieties of staple food crops in less industrialized countries (1996-1999)
  • Served as a Technical Trainer, Volunteer Leader, and Aquaculture Extension Agent with the Peace Corps in West Central Africa (1992-1995)

Food Systems Development Experience

  • Prepared detailed recommendations of indicators for the Hawaii Food Security Metrics System Project, which is developing benchmark indicators to determine the State’s level of food self-reliance (2014). The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) contracted with Sustain Hawaii to develop the Hawaii Food Security Metrics System, which is sponsored by the Ulupono Initiative.
  • Crafted a funding proposal for Sustain Hawaii's demonstration farm in Waimanalo, which was funded by the Harold K. L. Castle Foundation (2013)
  • Conducted research into the administrative and financial structure of student farms and prepared a report summarizing organizational structures for Michigan State University's Student Organic Farm to consider (2007)
  • Wrote a funding proposal for the Capital Area (Michigan) United Way to enhance the capacity of the Red Cross’ Regional Food Distribution Center (2006)
  • Launched and supervised the NorthWest Lansing food systems development project, which focuses on increasing food security in some of Lansing's poorest urban neighborhoods (2003-2005)
  • Assisted with the initial development of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Food Systems Higher Education-Community Partnership Program, which focused on enhancing the capacity of universities and colleges to work with government, private sector, and community-based partners on local food systems innovations (2001-2002)
  • Served as a land stewardship apprentice at the Land Stewardship Center, a 120-acre land restoration demonstration site in Michigan's Lapeer County (1999)
  • Arranged a 45-activity/year sustainable agriculture program, including a seminar series, dialogue sessions, and field trips, and developed and facilitated a sustainable agriculture course for the Michigan State Sustainable Agriculture Network (1997-1999)
  • Facilitated project development and monitoring an international agricultural development project for the Bean/Cowpea Collaborative Research Support Program (1996-1999)
  • Served as a technical trainer for new Peace Corps aquaculture extension agents (1995)
  • As a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon (1992-1994), programmed and implemented a grassroots outreach plan for local aquacultural extension and provided technical assistance to small-scale farmers interested in integrating fish ponds and agroforestry techniques into their farming systems

Capacity Building Experience

  • Co-managed an organizational and fund development planning process for the Kea`au Youth Business Center (2009)
  • Facilitated the design and pilot launch of the Hawaii County Resource Center's pilot Alaka`i leadership development program (2008)
  • Provided organizational capacity building support to three Hawaiian Civic Clubs participating in the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs’ Native Hawaiian Business Plan Competition (2008)
  • Facilitated the participatory, experiential design of leadership development programming for the Hawaii County Resource Center and the Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development (2006-2007)
  • Facilitated implementation of a Compassion Capital Fund Demonstration Program for the Capital Area (Michigan) Power of We Consortium (2006-2008)
  • Assessed the capacity of fourteen community- and faith-based organizations, developed organization-specific capacity-building recommendations, and supported capacity-building work plan development and implementation for the Capital Area (Michigan) Power of We Consortium (2005-2008)
  • Facilitated the restructuring of Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP) and its partnership with Michigan State University's Office for International Students and Scholars (2007)
  • Developed a leadership development workshop curriculum for parents of young children as a consultant to the University-Community Partnerships Department of Michigan State University's Office of University and Engagement (2006)
  • Facilitated the launch of St. Vincent Catholic Charities’ new Economic Advisory Council, which engages business leaders in the development of strategies to help low-income clients find jobs and become financially independent (2006)
  • Founding Executive Director, NorthWest Lansing Healthy Communities Initiative (now the NorthWest Initiative) (2000-2005). Established legal, financial, and management systems and launched and supervised a variety of capacity-building programs, including: community promotions, resource awareness and access through grassroots outreach, community building handbooks, and leadership development dialogues.
  • Board Member, Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council (2003-2007)
  • Board Member, Great Lakes Bioregional Land Conservancy (1999-2000)

 There have been just a handful of people with whom I have worked who are able to create and guide a complex project from visioning, to planning, to implementation. Ron Whitmore is one of those people and is a professional you want on your team.

- Peggy Roberts, Coordinator, Power of We Consortium

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