Our Mission

Our mission is to strengthen and develop leadership for the spiritual and social renewal of Portland, Oregon.

Our Vision

Our vision is to see a transformed and strengthened Portland community through the development of multicultural leaders and the growth of service organizations.


Our Values


Generosity

The Vulnerable

The Whole Church

Transformation of People and Place

Leadership That Serves

Risk

Getting Things Done

Relationships That Bridge

Community

Family

Population Served

We serve marginalized individuals and families who live in the Portland/Vancouver metro area. We work with diverse leaders, faith communities, and Oregonians working toward the common good.


GOVERNING BOARD

Ben Sand, CEO, Portland Leadership Foundation
  • Anthony Jordan, President, Portland Leadership Foundation
  • Gustavo Vela-Moreno, Facilities Analyst, Marion County, Oregon
  • Eva Cruz Pena, Life Coach
  • Erinn Kelley-Siel, Chief Officer of Public Funding and Policy, Friends of the Children
  • Kali Ladd, Executive Director, Kairos Pdx
  • Mark Shuholm, President, NW Polymers
  • Kirk Lohmolder, Vice President, Evanta

  • Our Staff

    Ben Sand

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    CEO
    "I believe in the work of PLF because we bring diverse leaders together to serve underrepresented communities."

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    Anthony Jordan

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    President
    "I believe in the work of PLF because we are committed to identifying needs and filling them. One of the greatest joys of my life is bridging the gaps for others."

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    Brooke Gray

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    Executive Director of Government Partnerships
    "I believe in the work of PLF because addressing injustice in the lives of our community's children and families requires creative, collective, holistic approaches."

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    Donna Barber

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    Director of Champions Academy
    "I believe in the work we do at PLF because it is focused on making the world a more just and caring place through the development and support of diverse, well-trained leaders."

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    Adam Ristick

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    Director of Scholarships and Internships
    "I believe in the work of PLF because it creates space to engage our city's most vulnerable issues with the capacity to be relational and promote systemic change."

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    Tyler Monk

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    Director of Ready to Rise
    "I believe in PLF because we develop, equip and inspire talented young people that will become change agents in the community to increase the equity and diversity of leadership for our region."

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    Jillana Goble

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    Embrace Oregon Founder
    "I believe in the work of PLF because the community and the state’s child welfare system are stronger when we engage foster care together."

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    Lionel Gay

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    Champions Academy Coordinator

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    Ashley Browning

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    Program Development Administrator
    "I believe in the work we do at PLF because serving our community's most vulnerable and underrepresented requires people to sacrifice their own comfort in order to provide opportunities for others."

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    Pamela Ryan

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    Director of Talent Development

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    Shelly Winterberg

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    Director of Every Child

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    Debbie Blair

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    Bookkeeper
    "I believe in the work we do at PLF because it is built on integrity and the love of Jesus."

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    Sharon Ernst

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    MSW Supervisor

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    Pam Pearce

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    Community Organizer
    "I believe in the work of PLF because we are in the middle of the lives of many."

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    Kaela Gilges

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    Program Development Administrator
    "I believe in the work we do at PLF because we value relationships, building up diverse leaders, and loving on the city of Portland."

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    Desaray Andexler

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    Young Fellow

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    Lizzie Ng

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    Young Fellow

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    Jessica Rivera

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    Young Fellow

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