A marketing and advertising consultant by day, Shirley Morgan gathered business, civic, faith leaders – and her neighbors. Together, they reached the bold conclusion that with some help from law enforcement, they could drive of the drug dealers and meth cookers in their midst. Today, she is the founder and organizer for the Mt. Hood Coalition against Drug Crime, a grassroots community group that manages more than 185 members and 18 committees.
In addition to radically changing the climate in the Mount Hood region, an unincorporated rural community in Clackamas County, Oregon, Ms. Morgan takes her lessons on the road, traveling the nation training and assisting coalitions on their effectiveness.
Ms. Morgan is also the founder of Oregonian’s Against Legalization of Marijuana, a grassroots community group that was successful in November of 2004 and 2010 in defeating measures that would have required local government agencies to open pot dispensaries. In 2012, they were again successful in defeating a measure that would have legalized marijuana.
Ms. Morgan is also the founder and facilitator of the Citizens for Public Safety, Quality of Life, and protecting of Property Values, a national movement dedicated to developing processes that build collaborative partnerships and bridges between citizens and drug policy officials that encourage safe drug policy. She has worked both nationally and internationally, providing consulting, training, and speaking regarding the importance of citizens standing up and pushing back against the impacts of marijuana in relation to public safety, quality of life, and protection of property values.
Ms. Morgan has a BA in Human Communications from Marylhurst University in West Linn (1999), Oregon; an MA in Whole System Design/Organizational System Renewal from Antioch University in Seattle (2003), Washington; an MS in Community and Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University-Manchester, New Hampshire (2008); and an Associates in Church Leadership-Portland Bible College, Oregon (2015).