Community Engagement Strategy Lead
Jane Royer is Community Engagement Strategy Lead at Momentum. Her pronouns are we, us, and everyone. She identifies herself as a successfully aging and continuously learning Grand Rapidian. She believes that all of us have gifts to offer the world and those gifts are best expanded and expressed in community with others. Through her extensive work in the sector, she has learned that the most powerful solutions come at the intersection of diverse perspectives and contributions. She is a contributor, a connector, and a lover of bringing people together for the greater good. She sees purpose beyond the self as the path to one’s best life. Her questions include, “Who is in your network and who are you missing?”
Jane joined Momentum in November 2015, knowing that a more nimble and nuanced approach to working with nonprofit organizations and volunteers is needed in the midst of rapid change in the sector. Combining her wide experience in volunteer and staff management in both the nonprofit and the public sector with Tera’s extensive work with leadership and talent management, Jane is confident that Momentum can coach organizations and individuals to achieve their goals for social good more quickly.
Jane has been a leader in the field of volunteer management for the past eighteen years. Through her recent work as a Volunteer Center Director at Heart of West Michigan United Way, she connected hundreds of nonprofits with corporate and other volunteers to make a difference. She has a record of success in bringing diverse groups together to improve social conditions. At the heart of her work is the belief that creative collaborations transform people and communities.
As part of her work over the past six years, Jane has been an active participant in the local, state, and national Encore movement to engage more experienced adults over age fifty in significant social purpose work. She worked with Grand Rapids Community Foundation as part of the Community Experience Partnership, a national effort involving more than 30 community foundations across the country. The partnership sought ways to engage the rapidly growing population of people over sixty in activities that serve others and enhance the quality of life. Momentum plans to continue the Encore work now with Tera and Jane both serving as Encore Innovation Fellows for the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. More exciting work is on the horizon for Encore GR!
Jane has provided training in a variety of government, nonprofit, and corporate settings. She provided Coming of Age training for local nonprofits to help them use volunteers in more capacity building roles through the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. She has facilitated workshops on skills-based volunteering for nonprofit, college, and corporate audiences. She is certified to deliver AARP Life Reimagined workshops for individuals entering new phases of life and work. She has also addressed the topic of diversifying the nonprofit volunteer pool in a variety of settings.
Prior to her current work at Momentum for Impact and her previous position at the Heart of West Michigan United Way, she served as the Director of the Welfare-to-Work program in Shawnee County, Kansas where she supervised a large staff in a new effort to transform the lives of public assistance recipients through education and employment. She received a state wide award for innovation in this work in 1990.
Jane has most recently served as president of the Volunteer Managers Association of Western Michigan, the Executive Chair of the Volunteer Centers of Michigan, and has been a member of the Board of Directors for Michigan Nonprofit Association. In Kansas, she was the chair of the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, a member of the Child Care Coalition, and a grant reviewer for the local United Way.