Jensen joins Dakota Resources staff
Paula Jensen, an experienced grant researcher and writer, funds developer, and community coach, joins Dakota Resources as the Resource and Community Development Director. Dakota Resources is a champion for rural communities and a catalyst for economic development throughout rural South Dakota. Their four core initiatives focus specifically on capital development, leadership development, entrepreneur development and housing development.
According to Dakota Resources President Beth Davis, Jensen’s role with the organization will be resource development, community coaching and implementation of Dakota Resources programs that identify the unlimited potential waiting to be cultivated in rural communities.
“Paula will fortify our coaching team and help communities identify real solutions and wisely invest resources that result in sustainable community development,” Davis said. “She will also strengthen our organization’s ability to garner resources and strengthen partnerships, greatly enhancing our ability to serve rural South Dakota.”
Prior to joining Dakota Resources, Jensen spent over eight years as the Funds Development Director at GROW South Dakota, a statewide nonprofit organization that provides programs and loan products to advance housing, community and economic development.
“So often as rural communities, we limit our beliefs and say we don’t know how, we don’t have enough money or we don’t have time. I believe our rural communities are filled with the right people who have the ability to do the right thing to create vital rural places.” Jensen said. “With the help of Dakota Resources, together we can create the communities we want to live in through the investment of time, expertise, and finances.”
Jensen’s new job with Dakota Resources involves helping South Dakota communities thrive through leadership, vision and understanding —something she believes is vital to our state.
“I believe the future success of rural South Dakota depends on the development of homegrown leaders who are driven to create a new vision for their communities,” she said. “Living in a rural community helps me connect in a very authentic way with other community champions and allows me to share my expertise in resource and community development to advance other rural places.”