New Building Healthy Communities initiative director for Del Norte named

posted Mar 23, 2016, 1:45 PM by Nancy Raskauskas-Coons

CRESCENT CITY — Michelle Carrillo, a Curry County native and Crescent City resident, has been selected as the new Building Healthy Communities Initiative Director at the Wild Rivers Community Foundation. She brings a proven track record in advanced facilitation, collective impact and systems mapping, grant writing, fund development, and relationship building to the new role where she will oversee systems and policy change initiative teams focused on health career pathways, local food systems, education and youth empowerment.

Established in 2004, the Wild Rivers Community foundation, an affiliate of Humboldt Area Foundation, promotes and encourages generosity, leadership and inclusion to strengthen communities in Del Norte and Curry counties.

The foundation also serves as the backbone organization supporting the work of the Building Healthy Communities Initiative for Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands. Del Norte is one of 14 sites across the state of California funded through the California Endowment's 10-year $1 billion commitment to change health outcomes in disproportionately underserved communities across the state. More than $10 million has already been invested in Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Land projects.

Serving as the Building Healthy Communities Youth Program Manager at Wild Rivers Community Foundation for this past year, Carrillo has been working to lay the groundwork for long term transformational youth opportunities throughout the region. She previously worked for five years as the 4-H Youth Development Coordinator and Co-County Leader for Oregon State University Extension Service in Gold Beach, Oregon, where she cofounded and grew the 4-H Surfrider S.O.S. Program, teaching kids to surf, while learning to be stewards of their environment.

Carrillo has a strong background in grant writing and fund development, youth leadership development and recreation. She believes in fostering collaboration and partnerships to create lasting change. Carrillo is known as a mentor with local youth, advocating for young people to have a place at decision-making tables while supporting their individual leadership and public speaking skill development.

Carrillo grew up in Curry County, Oregon, and is a graduate of Brookings-Harbor High School and Southwestern Oregon Community College, where she earned an associate’s degree in Business. She attended Southern Oregon University, where she studied digital media and communications.

As a volunteer, Carrillo has served on the Friends of Brookings-Harbor Aquatic Center, City Recreation Taskforce, and Kids After School Education and Recreation boards. She is a Ford Institute for Leadership alumna and founding member of Wild Rivers Connect -- a regional online and in-person network of leaders dedicated to fostering networking, collaboration and education for nonprofits and community groups.

Nancy Raskauskas-Coons,
Mar 23, 2016, 1:45 PM