ACCESS Appoints New Executive Director Carrie Borgen

Medford, December 7, 2020: ACCESS is excited to announce the appointment of Carrie Borgen as Executive Director. Carrie Borgen brings over 20 years’ experience as an executive for a nonprofit organization and various venture capital-backed start-ups and Fortune 100 healthcare companies to ACCESS. She draws on her experiences to lead organizations that serve vulnerable populations, maximizing available funding, and innovating programs. To achieve this objective, it is essential that the staff knows they are valued, can maintain a healthy life balance, and have opportunities to flourish in their careers.

Borgen has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Systems from California State University. She is an Arizona-state licensed CPA, beginning her career as an Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche consultant.

When Borgen learned about ACCESS’s leadership opportunity, she felt she would be in a perfect position. Knowing little about Jackson County, Borgen spent time meeting with the ACCESS Board and leadership team and exploring the area. “Relocating from Scottsdale, Arizona, to lead a well-respected organization that provides essential life-saving services to vulnerable populations as well as working with an outstanding leadership team and supportive Board, was an easy and exciting decision,” says Borgen. “

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone in the Rogue Valley, and ACCESS could not be more excited to have Carrie as our next leader.”, says J.R. Wheeler, Chair of the Board of Directors at ACCESS. “ACCESS plays a pivotal role in Jackson County, and we feel that Carrie’s solid background, in both for-profit and nonprofit fields, make her the type of leader ACCESS needs as it continues forward.” Borgen’s vision for ACCESS is to expand currently successful programs, identify needs not fully addressed, and innovate to meet those needs. She is a loyal and committed advocate for building collaborative partnerships with area nonprofits, government agencies, donors, and other stakeholders. With ACCESS’ dedicated and talented team, supportive and experienced Board, and an incredibly generous community, she is excited about the possibilities.

Borgen enjoys her four rescue dogs ranging from a 10-pound chihuahua to a 100-pound lab/Rottweiler mix in her spare time. As an outdoor enthusiast, she looks forward to exploring all the beautiful places the Rogue Valley offers.



ACCESS provides food, warmth, shelter, and other essential services to Jackson County’s low-income children, families, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. As the Community Action Agency of Jackson County, Oregon, ACCESS has been helping residents break the cycle of poverty since 1976. Last year, 57,567 people received assistance from ACCESS’s broad continuum of services, including obtaining safe, affordable housing, rental assistance, utility assistance, weatherization, free loaned durable medical equipment, and healthy food.

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