August 11, 2015
The Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) has selected Jonathan S. Blum, who advises nonprofits, to its Leadership Dallas Class of 2016. Founded in 1975, Leadership Dallas prepares diverse leaders to serve as catalysts and sustainers of positive change for the quality of life in the Dallas region. Blum began his career as a corporate lawyer, then served as inside counsel to two prominent nonprofits and is now assisting nonprofit organizations for Polsinelli.

“I’m really excited about this opportunity. Leadership Dallas will deepen my exposure to the critical issues facing the community and provide the opportunity to apply my talents toward these issues for years to come,” stated Blum. “I will be working with people from many backgrounds and industries, giving me a broader perspective to serve my clients and community.”

Blum assists nonprofit leaders with managing their legal matters and building for the future. He recognizes the importance of concentrating on the key issues affecting clients and moving quickly to identify practical legal options in order for clients to stay mission-focused and make informed decisions. 

“Jonathan has demonstrated a strong commitment to leadership in the Dallas area, combined with a passion for the vital mission of nonprofits,” said Jonathan Henderson, managing partner of Polsinelli’s Dallas office. “Given Polsinelli’s firmwide dedication to serving our local communities, we are proud of his selection for this prestigious program, and we know he will be a valuable contributor while also learning valuable leadership skills that will benefit the firm’s clients and the Dallas community.”

Blum is a member of the State Bar of Texas and in 2009 was selected for inclusion in The Dallas Business Journal‘s Corporate Counsel Awards – Rising Stars. In 2004, he was honored by the Dallas Bar Association and the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program as Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.

Blum is an excellent source for reporters writing about the following topics:
  • Legal issues facing nonprofits, including charities, foundations, trade and professional associations, advocacy groups and other nonprofits
  • Management strategies and governance best practices for nonprofits
The Leadership Dallas Class of 2016 program begins on September 10. More than 50 community leaders were selected for the Class of 2016 from a competitive and diverse pool of applicants. In 40 years, Leadership Dallas has graduated more than 1,900 men and women who continue to provide leadership in the region. Many alumni have achieved the top executive role at their current organizations or founded their own businesses. The program also claims alumni who are former police chiefs, former U.S. Ambassadors and elected officials at the city, state or national level.

The Dallas Regional Chamber is the area’s leading membership-driven business organization, committed to promoting economic prosperity by leading economic development, driving improvements in public education, influencing public policy, and catalyzing and advocating for regional partnerships. The DRC works to ensure that the Dallas region will become the most economically prosperous region—and the most desirable place to live and work—in the United States. The DRC is a not-for-profit organization composed of businesses that represent all facets of the North Texas business community.