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A Note From Our New Executive Director

It is with honor and humility that I greet you as Pomegranate Center’s first Executive Director since Milenko founded the organization 30 years ago. I am well aware that I have big shoes to fill and that many of you are wondering how anyone could possibly replace Milenko.

Here’s the good news: we don’t need to replace Milenko. And this is not because he will still be involved with Pomegranate through training, mentorship, and our new Institute for Everyday Democracy. But it is because the nature of our organization is changing and we are entering an exciting new phase of work requiring a new type of leadership.

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A Challenge to our Community

At the start of 2017, longtime champions of the Pomegranate Center Ron and Eva Sher pledged a $25,000 challenge grant, and friend of Pomegranate Nancy Nordhoff followed suit with a pledged $37,000 challenge grant to support us in our critical transition period. That means we need to raise money from our supporters in order to match the $62,000 in pledged funding.

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Registration Now Open for Seattle Area Two-Day Training

Do you work with community groups?

Are you tired of public processes that get bogged down because they are unwieldy, ineffective, or meaningless? Are you sick of meetings that get hijacked by a boisterous few? Do you believe that community involvement is essential to creating successful public spaces and public policy?

In this two-day introduction to the Pomegranate Method, you’ll learn how to fully engage communities in a productive and creative process, while creating broad ownership over your project. Each day is a mix of lecture, practice, and discussion led by the dynamic duo of Milenko and Katya Matanovic.

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We’re Hiring!

Pomegranate Center is hiring a part-time Bookkeeper/Office Administrator. We’re reviewing applications soon, with priority given to those submitted by March 24th. Visit our employment opportunities page for the full job description and application.

Pomegranate Center Celebrates

At our 30 Years and Beyond Party on Thursday, February 2nd, friends and colleagues of Pomegranate Center came together to honor the work of our founder Milenko Matanovic while simultaneously ushering in a new future with Executive Director Eric Higbee. Some one hundred people, including donors, project partners, trainees, and former employees and interns joined us at Impact Hub Seattle for a night of reminiscing, mingling, and toasting to all that we’ve done and all that’s yet to come.