Jayne Cravens
Consultant, Coyote Communications, Portland, Oregon

Jayne is an internationally-recognized trainer, researcher and consultant. Her work is focused on communications, volunteer involvement, community engagement, and management for nonprofits, NGOs, and government initiatives. She is a pioneer regarding the research, promotion and practice of virtual volunteering, including virtual teams, microvolunteering and crowdsourcing, and she is a veteran manager of various local and international initiatives. Jayne became active online in 1993, and she created one of the first web sites focused on helping to build the capacity of nonprofits to use the Internet. She has been interviewed for and quoted in articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press, as well as for reports by CNN, Deutsche Well, the BBC, and various local radio stations, TV stations and blogs. Resources from her web site,, are frequently cited in reports and articles by a variety of organizations, online and in-print. Women’s empowerment and women’s full access to employment and education options remains a cross-cutting theme in all of her work.

Jayne has worked extensively with multi-cultural audiences, corporate audiences, United Nations agencies, national and international agencies, international aid workers, low-income communities, and those who are traditionally socially-excluded. She has a demonstrated commitment to women’s issues and mainstreaming gender considerations in her work.

She launched her website, Coyote Communication, in January 1996. She’s been active on the Internet since 1993, when she first started researching how nonprofit organizations were using the Internet as a part of their work.

Her CV, which fully details her professional experience and skills, and her references, are available upon request. You can also read about her core professional competencies and her capacity-building work specifically.

She is constantly researching and engaging in activities to ensure that she is well-versed in best practices and emerging trends in her areas of expertise. Read “What’s Interesting To Me These Days”, a list of her current professional priorities — issues that she’s actively researching, reading and writing about.

Jayne received her BA in Journalism from Western Kentucky University and her MSc in Development Management from Open University (U.K.). A native of Kentucky, she lived in the USA until February 2001, when she moved to Germany, where she stayed through April 2009, except for six months in 2007, when she lived in Afghanistan. She has traveled to more than 35 countries, many of them by motorcycle.

Jayne is currently based in the USA, near Portland and Salem, Oregon (West Coast of USA/Pacific time zone), living with her online volunteering but-not-at-all-virtual husband, Stefan, and their beloved Hungarian street dog, Albi.