It is with great pleasure that the Partner Team for A Supportive Community For All announces the selection of the Facilitator/Equity Consultants for the project as James Whitfield and Rachel Dexheimer of Leadership Eastside (LE).

A Supportive Community For All will use an Adaptive Leadership approach to deliver on its goals. Adaptive Leadership, as developed by Heifetz, et al, is a powerful approach to mobilizing people to tackle tough challenges and thrive. Ever since LE shifted to an Adaptive Leadership curriculum in 2009, they have been refining it to function even more effectively in a community context. LE has also systematically elevated diversity and equity issues. LE calls its state-of-the-art variation “Adaptive Community Leadership” (ACL).

James and Rachel have a long connection to the Snoqualmie Valley maintaining active relationships with current program participants, graduates, participants in community projects, and elected officials throughout the area.  LE’s approach to facilitation and instruction is in equity related issues. LE has experience engaging in equity-related instruction and facilitation with a wide variety of people who bring their own, at times antagonistic, perspectives to the table by supporting the validity of their perspective and encouraging them to open themselves to the idea their perspective may not be the complete, definitive say on the matter. This ability to create successful environments to engage in complex and potentially conflict-laden dialog will be critical to the success of outcomes from A Supportive Community For All.

James has experience in state-wide community adaptive projects, as well as facilitation in urban, suburban, and rural settings. He has instructed, and coached teams constructed similarly to impact groups in pursuit of equity in regional education. He has specific experience in human services as the former Regional Director of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services and former participant in the Eastside Human Services Forum Workgroup.

Rachel is a member of LE’s faculty in addition to running her own practice, Dexheimer Consulting. She co-developed the discipline of Adaptive Community Leadership, bringing particular expertise in practices that help individuals, teams, and communities thrive. Rachel is trained in facilitating with an equity lens and has extensive experience instructing and coaching teams as they apply ACL to community challenges.

A Supportive Community For All will strengthen community connections by building an inclusive coalition of service providers and key community stakeholders in early 2019 around a shared vision of coordinating human services to better meet the core needs of community members.  The focus is on decreasing inequities in housing, health, economic opportunity, and social connectedness through the coordinated delivery of human services.

The Partner Team heading up this effort includes: Encompass, Hopelink, Mt. Si Senior Center, Snoqualmie Valley Community Network, and the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank.

Please contact Project Coordinator Suzy Berger at with any questions.

Thank you,
The Partner Team for A Supportive Community For All

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