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Bruce E. Decker

Bruce E. Decker is the founder and owner of Collective Impact, LLC. Bruce is a skilled strategic planner, trainer, community coach, technical assistant, and facilitator. He has provided services for a broad range of clients at the local, regional, and statewide level. Bruce has a unique and varied background of education and professional experience. He has been recognized for his work in organization and community development, system improvement, service integration, family support, and capacity building. Bruce has extensive experience reforming public and private service delivery systems through improved communication, increased coordination, and integration of resources. He also has teaching experience in secondary and higher education institutions, as well as direct administrative experience developing and supervising a human services staff of over 150 employees and a budget of nearly 5 million. Bruce is proficient at building relationships among diverse groups of people with the natural ability to inspire confidence, trust, and mutual respect.
Bruce was instrumental in the development and growth of a community-based, behavioral health and child welfare organization, Action Youth Care, now called KVC, serving children, youth, and families throughout West Virginia. Services provided included therapeutic foster care, counseling and therapy, family preservation and support, youth transitional living, behavior management and modification, home studies, and family resource coordination. Bruce also has worked as a direct service provider with individuals with autism, mental retardation, developmental disabilities, and mental illness in community-based settings, as well as adjudicated youth with severe behavior and emotional disorders in a secure residential treatment facility.
Bruce served as a Family Service Systems Reform Consultant with Center for Schools and Communities, a Pennsylvania intermediary think-tank and technical assistance organization, providing leadership and management training, technical assistance, community and organizational development, consultation, and strategic planning for various Pennsylvania statewide collaborative system improvement and child and family well-being initiatives. While employed with the Center, Bruce received specialized training in Steven Coveys’ 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Bruce was also thoroughly trained in the Communities That Care (CTC) System process and Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA). CTC is a community empowerment strategy that emphasizes assessment and planning as the basis for program development and implementation. ROMA is a sound management practice that incorporates the use of outcomes or results in the administration, management, and operation of programs and services.
Bruce has worked with county-based human service systems to facilitate their service integration processes. He facilitated planning and implementation with various Pennsylvania counties regarding the state sponsored and supported Integrated Children’s Services Planning (ICSP) initiative. Bruce has also helped develop and grow over 25 county-wide health and human services collaborative networks in Pennsylvania with missions to improve the quality of life and well-being of children and families.
Bruce works with community and economic development groups to help revitalize communities by engaging them in visioning, citizen engagement, assessment and asset mapping, and strategic planning activities. He helps communities identify innovative strategies to address local and regional issues, including housing, downtown revitalization, tourism, culture and recreation, transportation, education, environment and ecosystems, health and human services, community infrastructure, etc. 
Bruce was a founding board member of the West Virginia Community Development Hub, a non-profit organization focused on supporting communities in their development efforts. He received extensive training through West Virginia Sustainable Communities Training Program (SCTP). SCTP strengthened local leadership and built community capacity for sustainable community economic development and was rooted in Dr. Vaughn Grisham’s Tupelo Model of Community Economic Development. 
Bruce was Board Chair with Create Huntington, a grassroots organization that empowers residents to make positive change in their community. He was a catalyst for organizing and participated with the City of Huntington, West Virginia in the Community Progress Leadership Institute (CPLI) at Harvard University, a prestigious seminar that equips community leaders with the skills they need to make positive changes in their approaches to vacant, abandoned and problem properties, tackle blight and spark revitalization. The Institute brings together delegations from multiple cities across the United States for intense leadership and technical training under the guidance of national experts.   
Bruce received his Master of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Organizational and Intercultural Communication and Leadership Studies from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Marshall as well with a dual concentration in Marketing Education and Social Studies, a specialized certification in Diversified Cooperative Training with a focus on Entrepreneurship.  Bruce attended the International Association of Facilitators conference in Denver, Colorado to further develop his facilitation and leadership skills.
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