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Emerging Sage Leadership: Interview of Galen Ellis

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7. This project has to do with the involvement of sage leaders like yourself in civic organizations that seek to improve the quality of life and well-being of Grass Valley and Nevada City. This includes nine types of civic organizations:

  • Fraternal and service clubs  
  • Social services organizations  
  • Educational organizations  
  • Governmental and political organizations  
  • Arts organizations  
  • Media organizations  
  • Faith-based organizations  
  • Environmental organizations  
  • Other nonprofit organizations

In which of the nine types of civic organizations on the list are you currently involved? Overall, how many total hours a month do you give to these organizations?

Social service, education, government and political, a little bit of arts, environmental, and other non-profit organizations. The majority of my time is with government—about half with the health department and half with other non-profits and environmental groups. I give about 120-140 hours a month to my civic involvements.

8. What is the name of the one organization on the list in which you are most  involved and committed? Were you invited to become involved or did you approach the organization(s) and volunteer your services? Are you paid or unpaid? On average, how many hours a month do you give to this organization or organizations?

The health department is a paid job, which I applied for. I put in about 80 plus hours a month. I am also consulting with organizations here as well as Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.

9. I’d like to learn more about your involvement in this organization:

First, describe the leadership role that you play.

I have a management role that I play. I supervise a number of programs, and my style is a mentoring role. I support staff in their leadership and help to move the health department into new areas, like chronic disease prevention. I also create partnerships for the health department by providing community service in ways that further the mission of public health.

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