Bill Whitaker (At-Large Member, October 2012-2014)
Bill began his life-long involvement in community efforts as a community organizer at South Side Settlement, an interracial progressive social agency in Columbus, Ohio.
went on to help organize the Ohio Steering Committee for Adequate Welfare
and the Ohio Walk for Decent Welfare.
taught community organization and social welfare policy practice with an emphasis on rural communities for 30 years.
While teaching he organized the Wyoming Coalition for WIC, conducted a state-wide study of childhood hunger in Maine, organized the Maine Coalition for Food Security, chaired the State of Maine Blue Ribbon Commission on Childhood Hunger, helped organize the Idaho Interfaith Roundtable Against Hunger, and was president of the board of United Vision for Idaho.
He is a board member of the Rural Organizing Project and within ORA serves as its chair as well as sitting on its Personnel and Executive Committees.
is a satisfied participant in Medicare and Social Security.
passions include his
family and grandchildren Fiona and Max, gardening, Oregon Rural Action local food and energy initiatives, hunger and food policy, climate change/global warming, and healthcare reform.
Bill lives in La Grande with his