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Talent Spotlight Series: Development Manager

Updated: Aug 30, 2022

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Today we are talking with Janell Brittain about her career as a Development Manager at the Oregon Environmental Council.

My relationship with Janell began as coworkers and eventually developed into a wonderful friendship. Over the past 5 years Janell and I have both transitioned jobs, bought homes, and have had many transitions in life, but our connection has remained. I am honored to consider Janell as a part of both my professional and personal network, as I am sure many other people are as well. If there is one thing you should know about Janell it's that she has a way of capturing your heart and bringing you along with any project or adventure she is planning. I am so excited I get to share Janell's journey with all of you today!

Now let's learn more about Janell...

Name: Janell Brittain

Current Position:

Development Manager

Years in Current Position:

Less than 1 year

How Can I

Connect with Janell?

Connect on LinkedIn or through email!


What does a day in the life of a Development Manager look like?

As the Development Manager, my main priority is to retain, engage, and grow our membership base.

One thing I really enjoy about this position is that every day is different. There is seasonality to fundraising so my area of focus changes often. For example, April to July and October to December we focus mainly on donation campaigns. During these times of the year we contact our donor base to ask for donations to help fund our initiatives. My job during these times is to make sure our donors are thanked for their generosity. In January, my focus changes to delivering tax acknowledgements. All other months of the year you will find me focused on strategy. I am always looking for new ways to grow and diversify our donor base. I also spend a good portion of these months educating donors on why their support is so vital to our success.

What role or roles did you have prior to your current position?

I started at Oregon Environmental Council in January 2020 as the Membership Coordinator. In May of 2020 I became the Development Associate and then in May 2021 I began my current role as the Development Manager.

Prior to that, I worked at an investment firm for 8 years in a variety of roles from associate to management in client service, sales and specialty departments.

How did your experience in previous roles help you succeed in your current position?

My time at the investment firm helped me develop time management skills, human-capital management, and the importance of being a team player. My past experiences and perspective allowed me to learn quickly and become a valuable team player to OEC. Every position I have held at OEC was a building block to where I am at today.

Is there any specialty training or area of expertise needed to succeed in your current role?