The visiting scholar/fellow program provides an opportunity for individuals with professional expertise and distinction to connect with the Murdock Trust and enrich our mission and the constituencies we serve.
Visiting scholars/fellows are provided a space of work at the Murdock Trust for professional renewal and development, and they are given the opportunity to advise the Trust on areas and sectors of key interest. They may convene professionals and colleagues in their areas of expertise for conversation and connection and serve as a resource in the region by speaking, presenting or serving in other ways.
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Meet Our Current Visiting Scholars/Fellows
Dave Kresta | Visiting Scholar
Dave comes to the Trust as a Ph.D. candidate at Portland State University where he is researching the role of churches in neighborhood change. In addition to advancing his dissertation research, Dave will help connect the philanthropic/non-profit sector with academic research in community and economic development during his time at the Trust. Beyond his work in the nonprofit sector, Dave has over 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, 8 years in the energy efficiency emerging technology field, and 5 years board-level experience with faith-based non-profits. He holds a B.S in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an M.B.A from Portland State University.
Jesse Richards | Visiting Scholar
In his work with the Trust, Jesse focuses on cultivating young leaders from diverse backgrounds across the Pacific Northwest, as well as working on a variety of educational initiatives. As a Cuban-American and the first in his family to attend college, he is passionate about inspiring underprivileged and underrepresented students to further their education. Jesse has an MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he studied Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity, and will begin doctoral studies in the fall of 2018.
Ron King | Visiting Fellow
King comes to the Trust having recently left a successful career in the food industry. For the past twenty years he led Western Family Foods as its CEO. As well, he has held a number of leadership positions on nonprofit boards. King graduated from Washington State University and the Stanford Executive Program. He and his wife, Pam, reside in Cedar Mill and have two adult daughters.
Kelly Bartz | Research Fellow
As a research fellow, Kelly leads projects advancing the Trust’s organizational strategies, strengthening partnerships, and aiding in programmatic assessment. Her research focuses on nonprofit management, collaboration, and conflict resolution with special attention to marginalized and under-resourced communities. Prior to joining the Trust, she pursued service-oriented fellowships both domestically and internationally including the Presidential Administrative Fellowship and the UNESCO Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship. An Oregon native, Kelly is particularly passionate about “building bridges” and “equipping and empowering others to serve their communities”. Kelly holds a MPA in nonprofit management and a BA in international affairs, both from The George Washington University.