Executive Director


Eric Bauer, Executive Director
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Eric Bauer has served as Executive Director of Portland Rescue Mission since 2006. During this time, he has led the complete reorganization and growth of this $11M/year ministry which provides a wide range of services to thousands of men, women and children suffering from hunger, homelessness and addictions. He is currently serving as a board member of Citygate Network, an association of about 300 rescue missions and other faith-based nonprofits across North America.

Prior to Portland Rescue Mission, Eric oversaw the revitalization of a rescue mission in Walla Walla, Washington where he served 10 years as Executive Director. While there, he also served five years on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Homelessness for the State of Washington.

In the first 15 years of his career, Eric worked as an engineer engaged in proprietary technology development which included taking new products to the marketplace. He also provided business development consulting to technology-based companies in various locations on the West Coast.

Eric holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Born in Eugene, Eric is a native Oregonian. He and his wife, Ruth, share a passion for cultivating highly-relational, Christ-centered cultures in nonprofits that provide transformational services for people struggling on the margins of society. They have two adult sons and enjoy spending time outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.