Ben Curtis, PhD, is the founding director of the Poverty Education Center at Seattle University, which is dedicated to promoting more effective teaching about poverty at all levels of instruction. He holds undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Spanish from Middlebury College, an MS in European Politics and Policy from the London School of Economics, and both an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Dr. Curtis has authored three books and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and international research. He brings a savvy blend of academic rigor and deep pragmatic experience to our efforts.
Jim is a leader in nonprofit business management. As the founder of the EDGE group, Jim develops funding models focused on mission growth and capital expansion. Prior to EDGE, Jim was the VP of Development for CRISTA Ministries, which reaches more than 8 million people in 30 countries. With a keen focus on measurable objectives and results, Jim helps executives of small and medium sized nonprofits pursue excellence in donor acquisition and funding strategies. He advises us on how to articulate our message and tell the story of our work in powerful and innovative ways.
Randy is the founder of RedPoint Leadership Group and the Lead Pastor at Emmanuel on Phinney Ridge in Seattle, WA. He began his career as a secondary teacher and athletic director and then spent two decades developing leaders’ within local churches in Colorado Springs, Springfield, MA and Bellevue, WA. In 1999, he started a started a new church in Redmond, Washington (Creekside Covenant) and grew it from an initial team of twelve adults to over 600 in weekly attendance. He launched RedPoint Leadership in 2006 and in the last three years has created high performance teams and plans with over 200 executives. Randy brings the unique abilities and experiences of crafting strategic and operational plans that span the gap between business and non-profit models.
Wes is the Senior Pastor of Life Community Church, a turn-around church in Renton, WA. Wes is responsible for the creation of a nonprofit incubator for international outreach programs, and was instrumental in ensuring the early survival of Go For Hope. His ministry career spans more than 16 years, and is characterized by an ability to reach across perceived boundaries to bring people together in service to a common goal. Wes brings cultural, religious, and socioeconomic empathy paired with a tender heart for the lost and broken.
Kelly is the regional leader for Q Place, a strategic ministry to strengthen church outreach impact. From 1995 to 2005 Kelly was a member of World Concern’s international senior management team during which time he led two divisions: Global Relief and Corporate Services. He has also served as Chief Development Officer for Landesa, achieving record income levels, and has advised non-governmental organizations performing community development work in developing countries. Kelly has traveled and worked extensively in the developing world and led programs for donor and mission trips. His experience includes significant fundraising, board development, staff management, and facilitating international program partnerships. Kelly provides penetrating insight into community development, international travel, and early stage nonprofit strategies.