Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (503) 553-3671
A nationally recognized leader, Thomas Bruner has 25 years of successful experience building, growing and managing health and human services organizations across the country, and effectively mobilizing communities and policy makers around the issues and needs they seek to address.
Previously, as Vice President of Corporate Diversity with the American National Red Cross, Bruner worked to advance diversity and inclusion in one of the largest non-profit institutions in the world. Prior, Bruner was Division Vice President, responsible for oversight of some 60 Red Cross chapters across New England and New York with 1,400 employees, 45,000 volunteers and annual expenses of $113 million. Before assuming a national leadership position, Bruner was Regional Executive in Oregon, with responsibilities for six Red Cross chapters with 5,000 volunteers, 17 offices, 175 employees and $14 million in annual expenses.
Bruner’s accomplishments include the publicly lauded turnaround of one of the leading HIV/AIDS organizations in the western United States, Cascade AIDS Project in Portland, Oregon, as its Executive Director from 1998-2005. Bruner was Senior Policy Director for the Multnomah County Chair’s Office from 2005-2006, serving as lead policy advisor to the elected CEO of Oregon’s largest county government. He was Founding Executive Director of AIDS Outreach Center in Fort Worth, Texas from 1988-1998, transforming an all-volunteer organization into one of the most respected HIV/AIDS organizations in the region. As a founding Board member of the Texas AIDS Network and member of the Washington, D.C.-based AIDS Action Council, Bruner was among those who worked to shape HIV/AIDS public policy in the formative years of the epidemic.
In Oregon, Bruner held multiple civic leadership roles, including Governor Ted Kulongoski’s Transition Team, Oregon Government Ethics Commission, Portland Parks and Recreation Board, Junior League of Portland’s Community Advisory Board, Nonprofit Association of Oregon’s Steering Committee; Dharma Rain Zen Center’s Fundraising Committee, and was a graduate of the inaugural class of Leadership Portland. In Texas, Bruner served on the Fort Worth Mayor’s Vision Coalition, Fort Worth Museum of Science and Industry’s Ambassadors Council, Fort Worth Human Relations Commission, and the Boards of Leadership Fort Worth, Jubilee Theater, Contemporary Dance-Fort Worth, Tarrant County Youth Collaboration, Tarrant County Lesbian/Gay Alliance and Metropolitan Community Church.
Bruner’s work has been recognized with many honors, including the Administrators Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Equality Award from the Oregon & Southwest Washington chapter of the Human Rights Campaign and the Hercules Award for Lifetime Achievement from the United Way of Tarrant County, Texas. He was one of four "Winners in 2001" and later dubbed “turnaround Thomas” by the Portland Business Journal, called a “rising civic star” and “a hero” by The Oregonian and listed among the desired guests for “The Perfect Party” by Portland Monthly magazine. Bruner was named a 40 Under 40 by the Tarrant County, Texas Business Press and an Emerging Leader by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Upon his departure from Texas, he was subject of a legislative proclamation from the Texas State Senate and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s lead editorial entitled “Big Shoes to Fill”.
Bruner holds an M.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University and a B.A. from Abilene Christian University. A Portland resident, he currently serves on the board of All Classical Portland 89.9, the advisory boards of Clear Channel Media and Equity Foundation, and is an active member of Dharma Rain Zen Center. Bruner's mother, Doris, was a breast cancer survivor.