Nora Welch, B.A.
For more than a decade, Nora Welch has been helping people in the nonprofit sphere match desired outcomes with customized plans to achieve them. With over 350 hours of group facilitation experience, Nora is skilled at creating a warm and welcoming environment that supports open, honest and inspired dialogue, while also providing a framework that guides conversations about both the big picture and the necessary details. A servant leader at heart, trained in goal-setting practices, she knows how to engage all stakeholders—and believes deeply in all voices having a “seat at the table”—in mapping a clear path forward.
At JVA, Nora has led and contributed to a range of planning, facilitation and evaluation services including strategic planning, community needs and organizational capacity assessments, program and policy research, landscape analysis, focus groups and key informant interviews. Rounding out Nora’s cornucopia of skills, she also is JVA’s point person for search services and graphic communications.
With myriad “tools in her toolbox,” Nora tends to be a go-to staff member for many of JVA’s projects across our expertise areas. Here are a few highlights of her recent work:
Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County | Multiple projects
The Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC) has engaged JVA for eight separate engagements over the past few years, with Nora having led or contributed to each project. Scopes of work have included: facilitation of multiple stakeholder meetings (with families, community partners, policymakers, etc.); data synthesis into public-facing collateral materials (e.g., 2017–2018 annual report, “Stories of Impact,” Project LAUNCH 2014–2019 report); policy research and analysis (Early Childhood and Family Policy Report); and consensus building around the creation of a 2020–2023 strategic plan.
Mesa County Partnership for Children and Families | Multiple projects
A Grand Junction native, Nora has found leading JVA’s work with the Mesa County Partnership for Children and Families (PCF) over the past several years a natural fit. In 2019, Nora led a stakeholder engagement process (including one-on-interviews, focus groups and facilitated meetings) to inform and develop PCF’s 2019–2022 strategic plan. Additionally that year, she facilitated multiple community engagement efforts (e.g., focus groups, surveys) to help the collaborative better understand how to serve those using the family, friends and neighbors (FFN) network for childcare. Informed by the final report’s recommendations, Nora designed a “Things to Think about Now” informational magnet, highlighting local resources, to be shared with expecting parents. Additionally, Nora has written and designed the past four annual reports—2015–2016, 2016–2017, 2017–2018 and 2018–2019—as well as new sitemap organization and copy for PCF’s refurbished website, mesacountypcf.org.
Denver Department of Public Health & Environment | 2018 Annual Report
To present the incredible efforts across the seven divisions of the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) in 2018, JVA was hired to create an informative and visually appealing annual report. Nora led this project and coordinated the overall information gathering, content structure and synthesis, design and layout, resulting in a publication that represented all divisions equitably and that succinctly shared accomplishments and resulting impact for the Denver community.
Nora has a bachelor’s degree in history from Occidental College. She has continued studies at Colorado Mesa University in marketing, communications, business and public relations. Nora has also participated in numerous personal and professional development courses.
Having obtained her RYT200 yoga instructor certification and currently studying to add her RYT300, Nora is thrilled to be leading students through carefully curated flow routines (and playlists) incorporating a blend of physicality, play and philosophy.