2012 Director’s Community Leadership Awards
|Rob Ingram’s widow, Dana Ingram, accepts the award on his behalf.|
The Portland Division is pleased to posthumously honor Rob Ingram, an advocate for youth gang and violence prevention, as a recipient of the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award.
Growing up in a family affected by drugs, gangs, violence, and crime, Mr. Ingram chose to use his personal story to help young people in similar situations overcome those obstacles and become successful adults. He began working with at-risk youth in 1991 while serving as a counselor for Emmanuel Community Services. He worked to empower youth at several different nonprofits until he was appointed by former Mayor Tom Potter to direct the city of Portland’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention.
Mr. Ingram was very active within the community. He served on the Portland FBI’s Multi-Cultural Advisory Council, as president of the Urban League of Portland Young Professionals, on the Big Brothers Big Sisters African-American advisory board, as chair of the Gang Violence Task Force, as a member of the National League of Cities Municipal Network for the Disconnected Youth, and on the advisory board for Goodness Magazine.
Mr. Ingram passed away unexpectedly in 2011, but his legacy of service will remain to those he inspired to live without drugs or violence.