Clackamas County Leadership Academy

Nancy Newton

County Administration
Deputy County Administrator

A brief introduction: 
Nancy Newton earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from George Fox University and is completing her Executive Master’s degree in Public Administration from Portland State University.  Prior her work at Clackamas County, Nancy spent 8 years in the non-profit sector.  Nancy has worked in numerous leadership roles including the Alumni Board of Directors for George Fox University and the Board of Directors for the Oregon Association of Association Management; earning the Association Person of the Year as well as membership in the International City/County Managers Association.  Nancy has a wide range of professional experiences including executive management/policy, training/facilitation, human resources, marketing, legislative affairs, grant administration (as applicant and funding agency) and budgeting/finance.  Nancy was one of the first facilitators for the County’s “Building Connections” diversity series, was a panelist at the Regional Diversity Conference and has continued her interest in diversity work.  Nancy enjoys spending time with friends/family, spoiling her three dogs, wine tasting, weekend trips and gardening observation/supervision.

Why I am interested in serving as an advisor:
I’m very excited about this new program and the opportunity to serve as an advisor.  I firmly believe in helping people develop their careers and creating professional opportunities.  I owe much of my professional accomplishments today to a former boss who saw leadership potential in me when I was 23; Linda remains a good friend to this day.  I view the advisor role as one to help, encourage, challenge (and be challenged by) colleagues.  I want to give back to others as Linda did for me.

My strengths in leadership are: 
I believe in open, honest and constructive communication and listening to seek to understand all sides of an issue.  I like bringing people together that can help each other and to that end I have experience and contacts within Clackamas County that I bring to the advisor role.  To me, leadership encompasses the willingness and empowerment to take risks and learn from them.

Favorite quote:
“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt