Ron Milam, MSOD, works to transform the Pacific Coast into a sustainable region through leadership and organization development for collaborative change initiatives. Since 2005, Ron has served over 150 clients as an organization and network development practitioner.
As a Certified Professional Facilitator, Ron has led over 350 retreats, planning sessions, community meetings and focus groups. He’s supported the leadership of numerous organizations to decide their mission, vision, values, strategies, goals, work plans and/or important policy decisions. Ron has also presented over 140 interactive capacity building workshops in the areas of collaboration, strategic planning, board development, facilitation and fundraising for over 2,800 leaders. Ron leverages his network to serve and currently consults for the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, directing Smart Growth California, among other clients.
Prior to consulting, Ron launched the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition in 1998 and served as its first Executive Director. Under Ron’s leadership, the organization grew from an idea into a 1,000 member organization. Having prioritized leadership development throughout his tenure, the LACBC continues to grow and play a pivotal role in the growing bicycling movement in Southern California.
Outside of consulting, Ron served on the Board of Directors of Sustainable South Bronx and the Alliance for Bicycling and Walking. He’s participated in the Southern California Leadership Network’s Leadership Southern California fellowship, Coro’s Leadership New York program, the David Rimer Fellowship at LA Social Venture Partners and the LA Urban Rangers. He also biked down the Pacific Coast.
Ron holds a Masters of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University where he wrote his thesis on collaborative change efforts in Southern California (key findings published in OD Practitioner) and developed his own capacity as a collaborative leader. Ron holds a B.S. in Planning, Public Policy and Management from the University of Oregon. He and his family live in Los Angeles.
For more information on how Ron got started as a facilitator and more about his work as a facilitator, check out his interview with the International Institute for Facilitation and Change (from 2014). For more information about his master’s thesis on managing collaboration, check out this short interview with him (also from 2014). To hear Ron’s thoughts on collaboratives, listen to Jeremy Grandstaff’s interview with him (from 2016).