Naomi Cramer Overton is Compassion International’s USA Advocacy Director. Her personal and professional mission is to encourage people toward wholeness in Christ so His love may radically bless generations.
Naomi grew up near the US/Mexico border and would make regular trips with her parents to bring supplies to Tijuana orphanages. Today, Naomi is passionate about helping Christians—especially millennials—understand the global condition of children and families by providing practical acts of faith in the face of poverty.
“When I first saw Compassion’s program implemented in the field in 2009, I instantly thought of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs,” Naomi says. “They did the whole thing, and I knew I wanted to be part of that strategy.”
Naomi joined Compassion in 2010 as Product Strategy Director for the Child Survival Program and Critical Interventions. In 2012, Naomi accepted her current role as USA Advocacy Director.
Prior to joining Compassion, Naomi served as President and CEO of MOPS International.
She has also worked as an independent consultant in the areas of leadership and organizational management for companies including Apple, Hewlett-Packard and Ken Blanchard. She was a former news reporter with NBC network news in Sacramento and San Diego, and served as a delegate at the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in 2010.
- Stanford University – B.A. in Political Science with Communications emphasis
- Anderson School of Management at UCLA – MBA in Organizational Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Dean’s List
- Fuller Theological Seminary – Masters of Arts in Global Leadership, Doctorate in Missiology focusing on children at risk – completion slated for Summer 2017
- Board of Reference, United Evangelical Mission International, 2010-present
- Advisor, Free the Girls, since 2012
- Advisor, Search Institute, Creator of the 20 Developmental Assets, 2009-10
- Certified New Product Development Professional — Product Development Management Association
- Speaker and Writer - Marketing 2 Moms (general session), Christian Leadership Alliance national convention, Delahaye Symposium on Internet Marketing, FullFill and Connections leadership magazines, MomSense, The Mommy Diaries, Momology, Facebook fan and personal pages (1,000 following without effort quite yet), Twitter, Compassion chapel speaker
- Social Media Award – AMY award from American Marketing Association's (San Diego) award for electronic marketing. Launched MOPS' e-marketing, including Facebook and daily tweets
Fluent in Spanish
Beyond Trafficking: Why Prevention Comes First
We all know the urgency: to rally behind those who go undercover to rescue innocent children from harm’s way. Our mind’s eye can see holding a child by the arm and guiding her to a safe haven. God did make us to rescue the oppressed, but, if that’s our only response, we are inviting millions more children to fall prey to an often-irreversible horror.
Naomi unpacks why prevention must be our first priority when facing modern-day slavery, underlining that ultimately the problem is too big and the stories too awful, and that prevention works.
This talk springboards from a case study of two organizations (International Justice Mission and Compassion International) who are working together to protect vulnerable children in Thailand. You will leave with a list of eight research-based actions that write a different story for millions of children not yet enslaved.
“Mo-ommm, Why Can’t I Have a…?” Practical Steps to Being a Family of Purpose
We want to raise great kids and make an eternal difference, even while we’re in the busy parenting years. But between diapers, carpools, unexpected sniffles and mountains of laundry, how do we even begin to think about the world beyond our doors?
And why should we? Is there anything special about serving as a family that merits us adding it to the bedtime prayers, Sunday school and kids’ and youth ministries we already emphasize for our children?
Willow Creek Association’s MOVE study of 250,000 Christians revealed, “The act of serving, either within a church ministry or serving those in need, has the greatest impact on spiritual growth.” Naomi shares why, and practically how, the families you influence — in your home, congregation and community — can grow toward Christ through simple service that fits with your family’s everyday life.