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Resume – George Meier

George K. Meier, B.Sc., J.D., M. Div.                                                                 Box 452

New Denver, B.C. V0G 1S0

250 551-8422

revrevbc@netidea.com

 

Using a blend of experience as an attorney, minister, nonprofit executive and nonprofit board member, my consulting practice is focused on helping leaders thrive in their work to transform organizational performance, individual lives and communities. While a significant part of my work relates to progressive church organizations, those charities have very similar strategic, leadership, management, organizational and human resource issues as any society.

 

Currently

  • BC Conference of The United Church of Canada.  Responsible for all BC societies associated with The United Church of Canada as to compliance with United Church requirements.
  • Principal, Recombinant Church Consulting https://www.heartsrest.com/consulting/
  • Columbia Basin Trust Non-Profit Advisors Program, Consultant

 

Interim Leadership & Consulting Support

  • Supply Minister, Communities In Faith Pastoral Charge in Trail and Rossland focusing on strategic direction and community engagement, 2017-2019.
  • Workshop Leader, Vancouver Burrard Presbytery, April 2018.
  • Consultant, Old Fire Hall Society, Nakusp, BC, strategic planning. 2017-2018.
  • Consultant, St. Saviour’s Anglican Church, Nelson, BC relating to strategic direction.  June 2009 to Spring 2010.
  • Consultant, Richmond Beach Congregational Church Seattle, Washington as to staff transitions, vision and organizational design.  December 2007 to February 2009.
  • Consultant, Prospect Congregational Church Seattle, Washington as to church renewal.  October 2007 to January 2010.
  • Interim Minister, Boundary Pastoral Charge, Grand Forks, BC to resolve conflict, set vision and revise organizational structure.  October 2008 to 2010.
  • Consultant, Pastoral Relations Committee, Kamloops-Okanagan Presbytery, re Trinity United in Vernon including governance, leadership and conflict. 2008 – 2009.
  • Various consulting assignments regarding church disputes over property, conflict between Pastor and congregation, and strategic direction of two Presbyteries in BC.
  • Facilitator, Advanced Interim Ministry Support for BC Conference.
  • Co-organizer, Power of Place leadership workshops for leaders in the Slocan Valley.
  • Recipient, Louisville Institute Pastoral Study Grant Award, “Transforming Church for North America’s Evolving Spiritual Ecosystem” published with Katherine Prince of KnowledgeWorks.  See http://www.heartsrest.com/uprisings/post-christendom-stewardship-and-micro-finance/

 

Employment Background

  • Conference Minister Kootenay Presbytery of The United Church of Canada.  My work supported all churches in the Kootenays including personnel issues and church strategic direction.  April 2009 through December 2015.
  • Interim Minister and consultant, half-time, at University Congregational Church in the University District of Seattle.  My work focused on visioning and leadership development for this 900 member church – July 2006 to September 2007.
  • Executive Director, half-time, Zimmerman Community Center, Portland, Oregon with a focus on collaborating with other nonprofits to develop a community center and early childhood education center in a mixed use affordable family housing project.  July 2006 to June 2008.
  • Co-pastor, Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula – October 1998 to 2006.
  • Pastor, Pioneer Congregational Church, Sacramento – 1992-1998.
  • Partner, Stoel, Rives LLP Portland, Oregon 1970-1989.  Business litigation; Special Deputy Attorney General for the State of Idaho 1988-89; member of the Oregon State and New Jersey Bar Associations; admitted to practice in U.S. Dist. Ct. N.J. and Oregon; U.S. Ct. Appeals (9th Cir.), Federal Court of Appeals, and U.S. Supreme Ct.

 

 

Capabilities and Accomplishments

Summary of Legal Career Results

  • Developed and coordinated the State of Idaho’s strategy for increasing wild salmon runs returning to its tributary systems.
  • Analyzed a foreign multinational corporation’s marketing strategy and practices in North America for antitrust violations resulting in a successful outcome for a major regional distributor.
  • Merged the Portland Teachers Retirement Fund program with the Oregon State Public Retirement System with almost two million dollars in actuarial surpluses returned to teacher participants.
  • Achieved positive outcomes for an international fast food franchisor with respect to franchisee relationships in the Pacific Northwest.
  • U.S. national speaker on labor antitrust issues in the construction industry and regional speaker on antitrust and franchise law issues.
  • Led and motivated large teams of lawyers and support staff in regional and national cases involving tens of millions of dollars.
  • Negotiated positive outcomes for various publicly traded corporations as to multi-million dollar claims in such areas as the Alaska Pipeline construction, power plant construction, turbine generators, patent issues in the field of liquid analysis, and renovation of paper production facilities.
  • Coordinated the preparation of a successful Federal Environmental Impact Statement for the construction of a coal fired power plant in Wyoming.

 

Leading Change

Develop skills in leading change and anchoring that change in the organization’s culture

  • Trained staff to revise meeting patterns and content to better balance management and transformational issues critical to the life of the organization.
  • Helped a large governing board operate more efficiently as to management issues and make equal time for transformational issues.
  • Helped staff and governing boards evaluate mutual expectations and the working partnerships necessary to lead change, including establishing more effective ways of initiating, evaluating and supporting new directions.
  • Led workshops for hundreds of people as to leading change and the challenges in anchoring change in the organization’s culture.

 

Analysis of impediments to a change of direction or mission and opportunities to leverage incremental change to realign the organizational system in healthy ways

  • Led religious organizations to identify and penetrate new market segments that resulted in growth and a more diversified market base.
  • Assisted a large church in understanding why adopted proposals for change were rarely implemented and coached them toward successful implementation.
  • Trained lay and clergy leaders in the skill of building coalitions for change.
  • Led workshops and helped lay leaders practice transformational leadership skills to achieve a healthier balance between managerial and transformational leadership.

 

Organizational Assessment and Planning

Align financial and personnel evaluation criteria with organizational purpose and mission

  • Helped personnel committees and governing boards understand the way evaluations support transformation or preserve the status quo.
  • Helped governing boards understand the benefits of policy based governance.
  • Coached an Executive Director of a major Sacramento Homeless counseling agency in establishing and using critical financial controls which resulted in long term financial stability and service expansion.
  • Led a board of directors through a consensus process to create the commitments by which board members would relate to one another and conduct business.

 

Assessments of critical internal and external realities that disclose organizational opportunities and constraints

  • Developed a demographic profile of an under-served population and the internal organizational strengths to serve that population which led to increased church attendance and a healthier member age distribution.
  • Led church members to embrace their urban location and remodel a 14,000 sq. ft. space to serve the surrounding urban population, including the addition of two service agencies, a spiritual counseling service and preschool.
  • Identified mission compatible collaborating partners to raise capital for remodel of church facilities.  Leveraged long term leases for low interest construction loans.

 

Assessed fundraising strategies and the timing and use of fundraising consultants

  • Helped evaluate and plan successful fundraising strategies to meet annual budget needs and capital campaigns.

 

Developed a flexible, life-giving model for strategic planning

  • Helped organizations develop strategic planning that avoided rigidity and lost opportunities in rapidly changing contexts.
  • Resourced and supported organic neighborhood community planning to achieve public policy changes as to amenities for urban families.

 

Leadership, Team & Community Development

Developed self-directed teams that empowered team members in their work and maximized executive efficiency

  • Developed at the time, the largest and most inclusive stakeholder consortium relating to the development of Old Town in Portland, Oregon.
  • Implemented a self-directed team concept that empowered team members, freed top management to focus on larger organizational issues, and established a clearer understanding between organizational leaders and team members as to respective roles and desired outcomes.
  • Collaboration with County Executive in opening Hooper Detox Center in Portland, Oregon.
  • Helped found and advise a special transportation agency and a system of diversion centers for youth in Multnomah County Oregon.

 

 

Developed effective community based work groups and collaboration to support the organization’s mission

  • Through community collaboration, organizations were able to achieve their missions in ways that never would have been otherwise possible, including AIDS ministries, a 14,000 sq. ft remodel, and a financially sound proposal for urban community center and affordable early childhood education.
  • Identified a consortium of nonprofit collaborators to achieve mission elements shared by each organization that resulted in a unique funding plan for a community center and early childhood education program in Portland, Oregon.

 

Nonprofit and Governmental Board Memberships

  • Vice President, New Denver and Area Affordable Housing Society. 2019.
  • President, Silverton Co-Work Society. 2018 to present.
  • President, Slocan Lake Stewardship Society. 2016 to 2019.
  • Chair, Special Mobility Services Board of Directors, a non-profit providing brokerage and special transportation services with an annual budget of $10,000,000 in Washington. 2014 to present.
  • Member, Legal Services for Seniors in Monterey County, California 2004 – 2006.
  • Member, Rosebery Parklands Development Society 2008 to date.
  • Secretary, Carmel Valley Rotary Club, member 1999 – 2006.
  • Founder & Board Member, Interfaith Pastoral Counseling in Monterey, 1999-2004.
  • Member & President, Board of Directors for The Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ 1993-1997.
  • Member and Chair of Francis House (homeless counseling) 1992-1996.
  • Member, Cathedral Pioneer Church Homes, Inc. 1992-1998 (Senior housing in Sacramento, CA operated by the Retirement Housing Foundation)
  • Member, Samaritan Counseling, Sacramento, CA, 1997-1998
  • Co-founder, Central City Concern (Portland’s largest housing agency for homeless) 1976-1989
  • Legal advisor in the creation and operation of Special Mobility Services (provider of transportation for older adults and mobility disadvantaged) – 1971-1989
  • Co-founder and Board Chairperson, SW Youth Service Center (diversion of youth from justice system) in Portland – late 1970s
  • Chairperson, Central Advisory Board to the Department of Human Services Multnomah County, Oregon – late 1970s
  • Organizing Member, Willamette West Habitat For Humanity in Portland, Oregon

 

Education

BS, Washington and Lee University 1966 with special attainments in commerce; JD, Dickinson School of Law 1969; MDiv, Pacific School of Religion 1992; Alban Institute conflict resolution training; Leadership Monterey Peninsula 2000; Transitional Ministry training 2006

 

 

 

 

 

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