Brent Balog

Brent Balog

Program Manager

Favorite Quote
: “When I have an undertaking, one of the things I do is bring everyone who has ever been kind to me with me – Black, white, Asian, Spanish-speaking, Gay, straight – everybody. I say ‘Come with me, I need you now’. So, I don’t feel as if I’ve had no help, you see, because I’ve had rainbows in my clouds. I’ve had a lot of clouds, but I’ve had so many rainbows…and it seems to me the thing to do is to be a rainbow in someone else’s life.”

Prior to CWP, I worked as a Program Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, including locations in West Virginia and Oregon. While with BGCA, I oversaw three college and career readiness programs for teens, a peer court program, two near-peer mentoring programs, a family and community services program, an academic support services program, and managed organizational expansion into four school-based locations. Aside from my work in the nonprofit industry, I have taught high school English (grades 9 – 12) and was an adjunct instructor for West Virginia University’s teacher education program.

Through my role at CWP, I am focused on community outreach, partnership development, and continuous improvement processes. I serve as the liaison to WorkSource Clackamas, the county’s one-stop-shop for training, education, and employment supports, and work closely with core partners to ensure WorkSource services are accessible, effective, and responsive to the needs of customers and the community. I also work to coordinate opportunities for frontline staff and service-providers to network, share resources, and engage in shared professional development and skill-building opportunities.

Get to know Brent

The workforce system can be complex and slow moving for both the people who work within it and those who benefit from workforce services. I’d like to simplify things for all parties involved.

Empathy, fairness, curiosity, self-reflection, and the ability to learn, change, and grow.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver; Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin; The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera.

When not working, I enjoy hanging out with my dog Marco, being outside, hiking, traveling, reading, drawing, trying new foods, playing trivia/board/card games, talking about politics, philosophy, and culture, reading tarot, studying astrology, learning Spanish, and seeing friends.

I can write well and am not a bad artist, when I put my mind to it.