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John B. Arango - June, 1961 to June, 1963: Peace Corps Volunteer, Colombia, South America.
Helping Nonprofits Become More Effective
Home Up John B. Arango Other Work Experience
Three Feathers Associates (Norman, OK)
Helped design team management training for all Indian Headstart programs. Conducted team management training for executive directors of Indian Headstart programs (1992-1993)
Assisted in the design of, and conducted all leadership skills training for, a ten day leadership institute for directors of nutrition programs for Native American elders (1989-1991).
American Bar Association (Chicago, IL)
Coordinator, Haitian Refugee Pro Bono Project. Recruited and assisted coordinators in 50 cities in 19 states, who in turn recruited volunteer attorneys to represent more than 1900 Haitian refugees claiming political asylum in the United States (1982 to 1984).
Coordinator of three regional and two national conferences on development and management of programs to provide roles for private attorneys in the delivery of legal assistance to low income persons (1982 to 1984).
Consultant, Special Committee on Funding the Justice System (1991-94), and Special Committee on Lawyers' Public Interest Responsibility (1982 to 1985)
National Clients Council (Washington, DC)
Planning consultant during preparation of national and regional plans for 1985-86.
State of New Mexico, Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (Santa Fe, NM)
Researched, and wrote The Early Years: A Plan for New Mexico's Developmentally Disabled Children (1982 to 1983).
Legal Services Corporation (Washington, DC)
Provided assistance to managers of legal services programs on such topics as program planning, setting case priorities, retrenchment, and creating roles for private attorneys in the delivery of legal services (1980 to 1984). Coordinator of the first conferences on use of private attorneys in legal services programs (1980 to 1981). Director of "Project Take Off", which provided training, expert on-site assistance, and materials to legal services programs which were expanding as a result of increased federal support (1980 to 1982). Designed and conducted the "Next Steps for the Legal Services Corporation", a planning procedure for the Corporation itself, which consisted of five meetings of legal services clients, staff, board meetings and interested citizens in various locations throughout the United States, as well as a final national meeting in Washington. The result was a long term plan for the Corporation, whose budget at the time the plan was prepared was $275 million per year (1978 to 1979). Developed and conducted training for managers of legal services programs and for staff of the Corporation (1977 to 1981). Conducted a study of the effect of the use of formal planning procedures in legal services programs (1978 to 1980). Provided assistance to managers of legal services programs on mergers with other programs, program planning, board of director training and increasing the role of private attorneys in the delivery of legal services. (1978 to 1985).
Planning Assistance, Inc. (Washington, DC)
Trained and supervised local planning and management consultants in Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala (1978 to 1982).
Assisted in the development of methods to help non-profit organizations in third world countries prepare plans for, and manage, their programs (1978 to 1982).
Civic and Volunteer Activities
Chair, Planning and Zoning Commission, Sandoval County, NM.
Member, Board of Directors, New Mexico Comprehensive Health Insurance Pool.
Former member and chairman, Board of Directors, Carrie Tingley Hospital.
Other Relevant Experience
January, 1974 to December, 1977: Self employed management consultant. Work performed included:
Developed planning procedures for legal services programs, and assisted more than 30 programs to prepare long term plans. Trained managers of legal services programs. Assisted programs providing services to older persons in New Mexico. Activities included assisting local programs; and training staffs of local programs and the New Mexico Commission on Aging.
During this period was also co-owner and operator of Pachamama, Inc., which imported and retailed handcrafts from Latin America.
December, 1968 to December, 1973: Peace Corps Country Director in Panama (1968 to 1970) and Ecuador (1970 to 1973).
January 1968 to November, 1968: Special Assistant to the Regional Director, Office of Economic Opportunity, Western Regional Office.
October, 1965 to December, 1967: Director, Center for Community Action Services, University of New Mexico.
July 1963 to September, 1965: Coordinator of Community Development Instruction, Peace Corps Training Center for Latin America, University of New Mexico.
June, 1961 to June, 1963: Peace Corps Volunteer, Colombia, South America.
BS in Language and Literature, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1961. Some graduate work in Anthropology and Business Administration.
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