Curriculum Vitae

STRENGTHS

  • Implementing innovative solutions through strategic planning

  • Leading creative and collaborative teams

  • Promoting projects and organizations through marketing and public relations

  • Advocating for policy changes related to social issues

  • Telling stories using words and pictures

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Innovations Housing, Inc., Sacramento, California, innovationshousing.org

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, July 2008 to present 

Innovations Housing is a non-governmental organization with the charitable purpose to protect and foster natural and human habitats for living, working and playing with a special focus on the needs of the economically disadvantaged. The organization has helped hundreds of people in Northern California and East Africa by developing and maintaining numerous projects including:

  • Eight affordable housing projects in Northern California 

  • Two community centres in slums in Nairobi, Kenya that provide education, healthcare and hope to some of the least fortunate people in the world

  • A primary school in the village of Kyebando, Uganda to which the organization provides full-ride scholarships for about 200 students per year

  • A social enterprise that purchased coffee from farmers in East Africa at fair-trade prices and sold it to people in Northern California

  • A program to improve and test the skills of rangers who protect the iconic wildlife and ecosystem of East Africa

Jim Koenigsaecker’s responsibilities include strategic planning, budgeting, fundraising, managing an investment portfolio, marketing, public relations and lobbying. Jim works directly with the people the organization serves and coordinates the efforts of the organization’s volunteers, consultants and other partners.

Freelance Photojournalist, June 1986 to present

Jim Koenigsaecker has shot countless editorial assignments around the world on a wide range of topics for newspapers, magazines and wire services starting with the Quad-City Times newspaper in his home town of Davenport, Iowa and including the Associated Press wire service in New York, New York, Columbus Dispatch newspaper in Columbus, Ohio and Chicago Tribune newspaper in Chicago, Illinois. These days Jim mostly shoots pro bono commissions for non-governmental organizations such as Lion Landscapes in Nanyuki, Kenya, but, he still occasionally accepts editorial assignments.

Habitat for Humanity Shasta Cascade, Inc., Redding, California, habitat.org

Chief Executive Officer, August 2002 to August 2018

Habitat for Humanity Shasta Cascade was a nonprofit organization dedicated to building affordable housing using a self-help model. During Jim Koenigsaecker’s tenure, the organization built 12 affordable homes in Northern California for low-income families.

The E.W. Scripps Company, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, scripps.com

Journalist / Editor, March 1994 to August 2002

The E.W. Scripps Company was a diverse media concern with interests in newspaper publishing, television broadcasting, licensing and syndication. As a journalist, Jim Koenigsaecker covered everything from the White House to the Olympic Games. As an editor, Jim led the reorganization of a newspaper and the start up of an international news service. During Jim’s time with the company he was posted at Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C.; the Post-Herald newspaper in Birmingham, Alabama; the Press Journal newspaper in Vero Beach, Florida; and the Record Searchlight newspaper in Redding, California.

EDUCATION

Harvard Business School, Executive Education Program, Boston, Massachusetts, exed.hbs.edu

July 2003 and July 2005

Jim Koenigsaecker studied management by participating in 36 case studies with renowned faculty and senior managers from around the world on the Harvard Business School campus.

Ohio University, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Athens, Ohio, scrippsjschool.org

March 1994

Jim Koenigsaecker studied a liberal arts curriculum as a Carr Van Anda Scholar and earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.

  • Interned at The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio; The State Journal Register newspaper in Springfield, Illinois; and for Illinois House Leader, Lee Daniels

  • Assistant editor of the student newspaper, The Post

  • Participated in the School of Visual Communication field school in Edinburgh, Scotland

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Jim Koenigsaecker has served on several boards and committees including:

  • US Bank Advisory Board

  • Citizens for Smart Growth, a grass-roots political action committee

  • City of Redding Oral Board, Downtown Parking Committee and Bikeway Assessment Committee

PERSONAL

Jim Koenigsaecker lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, Nisha, teenage daughters, Zoë and Madeline, and their Rhodesian Ridgeback, Sala. Jim journals about two of his hobbies, coffee and motorcycles, at kickstartcafe.com.

REFERENCES

Available upon request