A seasoned non-profit leader, James brings over 20 years’ experience in founding, leading and growing non-profit organizations. Additionally, James brings significant experience in the for-profit arena. Prior to joining Project Hope as its ExecutiveDirector, James founded Spokane Urban Ministries, a faith-based, 501(c)3 non-profit affordable housing development corporation. S.U.M. developed a $10-Million-dollar public, private partnership to build Walnut Corners, a 47-unit affordable housing complex in West Central Spokane, focused on serving the chronically homeless and individuals struggling with mental illness. Whether it’s through program development or creating spaces that meet the needs ofthe community James believes strongly in creating opportunity for others.
Jenifer Priest serves as Development Director at Project Hope Spokane. Here’s a bit about Jenifer…
“Project Hope Spokane’s mission is very close to my heart. Fairness and social justice have been important values to me from the time I was a child. I believe there is no greater mission in life than providing children with the care and support they need to reach their full potential.
My non-profit career began in the West Central neighborhood when I served as the Development Director for Our Place Community Ministries. From there I have worked or done development consulting for several other non-profits.
My professional life began as a producer at KREM Television News, which was followed by work at People to People Ambassador Programs where I organized international professional travel programs and traveled with large groups.
Outside of work, I volunteer with the Spokane Sister Cities program, love to read and craft, as well spend time working in the yard (which is really just pine needle management!)
I am looking forward to working with PHS staff, board, volunteers and supporters to increase opportunities for at-risk youth to reach their full potential.”
Pat serves as Project Hope’s Operations manager.