Director of Youth Development Services
Celeste Janssen is the director of Youth Development and Educational Services at Education Northwest, a nonprofit consulting firm that works across the country. In this role, she oversees the technical assistance efforts of a team of expert educators and youth workers, as well as the Region 17 Comprehensive Center, a federal grant that provides consulting services to the Montana and Idaho state departments of education. Celeste brings twenty years of experience in leadership in the nonprofit sector. She is a facilitator, coach, and trainer specializing in supporting complex initiatives that improve outcomes for young people. Celeste has designed and implemented learning communities for funders in Oregon, Nebraska, and Minnesota. She oversees a portion of Education Northwest strategy and operations and acts as a liaison to state agencies, funders, collective impact groups. Celeste also provides technical assistance to hundreds of youth programs that serve students in the Pacific Northwest in the areas of Social-Emotional Learning, Trauma-Informed Practice, Youth Development, and continuous improvement. Celeste was formerly the Executive Director of Oregon Mentors, where she designed and implemented a state system for quality improvement and provided training and technical assistance to over 100 youth programs throughout Oregon. In 2015, she was appointed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to chair the Oregon Youth Development Council. Celeste is a graduate of UC Berkeley in education and development. She also is an alumni of the Center for Creative Leadership, and a certified parent educator with the Positive Discipline Association.