Jeffrey Diver, Executive Director
Jeffrey Diver is executive director of Supports to Encourage Low-income Families (SELF), the state-designated Community Action Agency for Butler County, Ohio. Mr. Diver assumed the responsibilities in April 1996; he was the first employee of the organization.
Throughout his career, he has actively served on numerous committees and boards, especially those helping to meet human needs. Currently, he is a commissioner on the Hamilton Vision Commission and chair of its communications committee; past president of Primary Health Solutions; board member and youth contest chair of the Hamilton Rotary Club; secretary of the Transit Alliance of Butler County; and facilitator of the core group of the Hope Resource Center in Hamilton. He also is co-founder of the Butler County Child Care Coalition and original organizer of SHALOM.
In 2005, Mr. Diver was presented the Karen S. House Leadership Award for Dedication and Commitment to the Development of Leadership for Regional Collaboration by the West Chester Chamber Alliance. He is a graduate of leadership programs from that chamber and from the Middletown Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Diver is a skilled facilitator, presenter and community organizer. By invitation, he has authored nine articles and presented at 50 state and national conferences on building successful public/private partnerships, positive leadership, and grassroots organizing. A taped copy of one presentation was a top-seller with the American Society of Association Executives in 1996.
Before coming back to the area where he was raised, he was the field director from 1989 to 1996 of the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, based in Washington, D.C., which worked to protect children from injury. There his department built and sustained more than 200 local and state SAFE KIDS coalitions, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Much of the work of these coalitions was directed toward reaching and empowering diverse, low-income populations that are at greatest risk. He also conducted leadership training for coalition volunteers. Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, M.D, chaired the campaign.
Prior to joining SAFE KIDS, he was a highway safety specialist for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, in Washington D.C. There he built community anti-drinking and driving coalitions nationwide in collaboration with the NBA and Major League Baseball teams under the program called TEAM (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management).
A native of southwest Ohio, Mr. Diver was graduated from Bowling Green State University with degrees in education and journalism. He and his wife have four children.