New Member Introduction | Josh Graves

Image result for Joshua Graves oregonWe had the pleasure of welcoming another new member into our club this week. Get to know a bit more about Josh Graves by reading his bio, as read by his sponsor Steve Nass:
Josh Graves is the Deputy Executive Director for Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Oregon Coast.  He has been working in Social Services since 1992, and his experience has included working for private non-profit organizations, state operated Youth Correctional Facilities and Therapeutic Wilderness programs.
Notable career highlights include:

  • Implementation of the Sanctuary Model of Trauma Informed Care, Researched the model, identified the organizational team and led them through the training process with the Sanctuary Institute prior to leading the implementation at Catholic Community Services.
  • Launched five new Community Homes for Children, as well as the Community Receiving Home and Rainbow Lodge, bringing new foster care, emergency room diversion and respite care services on-line from concept, through start-up and into operational capacity.
  • Selected by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, serving on the Child Safety in Substitute Care Independent Review, External Advisory Committee in 2016.
  • Actively provided financial leadership and direction to the CCS Community Counseling Center, moving the out-patient mental health program from a recurring annual deficit position of ($250,000) to a positive financial position of $220,000 in 2014-2015 with continued financial stability through fiscal year 2016.

In the future Josh would like to increase opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to start their own small businesses.  He is intrigued by the concept of micro-loans and mini-grants for people who experience IDD to get started individually and in small partnerships creating community based businesses.
Josh received his Masters of Business Administration from George Fox University in 2009.   He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Science with a Minor in Administration of Justice as well as a professional certification in Violent Crime/Profiling from Portland State University obtained in 2002.
His affiliations include:

  • Oregon Alliance of Children’s Programs, OACP board member 2006-current
  • City of Salem, Social Services Advisory Board 2012-2015
  • Yamhill County, FEMA Board (Catholic Charities Representative) 2008-current
  • Marion County, Elected Officials Compensation Board 2015-current
  • National Eagle Scout Association 1990-current

Josh is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing and boating.  Josh, his wife, Yvonne, and their fourteen year old daughter, Mackenzie recently purchased a lot at Creekside where they are building a new home.  Mackenzie is in the 8th grade at Blanchet Catholic Middle School and is looking forward to high school.