Greg Willeford, EMPA


NTT Instructor


Office Hours: Online by appointment




Gregory M. Willeford, “Greg”:  consultant, writer, educator, public servant, owner of Willeford Group and Director of the Discovery Leadership Institute.

In addition to the work of Willeford Group and the Institute, Greg is on faculty as an Adjunct Instructor at Western Oregon University (WOU), researching and teaching a variety of contemporary topics within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Criminal Justice Division.  Greg has been studying and teaching management, leadership, and organization development courses from a behavioral science background at WOU since 2005, using both in-class and E-Learning delivery methods.

Greg served Oregon for over 29 years with the Oregon State Police, being assigned to numerous supervisory, management, and executive positions.  Greg finished his career with Oregon State Police as the Deputy Superintendent (2008).

Greg leads his life as a continual learner and has over 34 years of hands-on public, private, and non-profit management experience.  Greg refines and develops his skills and leadership development services through study, coaching others, lecturing, training, and serving on diverse boards, committees, and work groups.

Greg holds an undergraduate degree in Administration of Justice and an Executive Masters in Public Administration.  Greg is certified in coaching and consulting in Whole Systems IQ and Appreciative Inquiry (AI).  Greg is also a graduate of the Pacific Program (1997), FBI National Academy (1998), and Oregon Executive Development Program (2000).  During the course of Greg’s public safety career, he earned his Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, Management, and Executive level certificates from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

BS Portland State University: Administration of Justice
EMPA Portland State University: Public Administration