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 strengthen a just community through the development of multicultural leaders and the transformation of government and 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, Mechanical Engineer, PAE, Marion County, Oregon
Kirk Lohmolder, Vice President, Evanta
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
Araceli Cruz, Associate Director of Financial Aid, Linfield College

Our Staff

Amani Austin

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Assistant Director, Emerging Leaders
“I believe in the work of PLF because we are committed to a labor of love that compels us to engage in challenging issues in order to increase access and opportunity for a diverse and impactful generation of leaders.”

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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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Kelly Bartz

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Director of Operations
"I believe in the work of PLF because when we bring together diverse partners, we elevate leaders who are often marginalized, provide support to the vulnerable in our city and state, and lead the way for systemic change."

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Jamie Dudley

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Bookkeeper
"I believe in the work of PLF because we are a group of people committed to changing the lives of children and building up leaders in our community."

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Sharon Ernst

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MSW Supervisor

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Lionel Gay

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Champions Academy Coordinator

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Vennisa Gerberg

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Asst. Director of Community Engagement, Embrace Oregon
"I believe in the work of PLF because they are helping bridge the gap between the needs of children & families in our very neighborhoods with a community ready to rise up."

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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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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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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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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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Peter Kim

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Director of Technology, Data & Evaluation
"I believe in the work of PLF because the team approaches challenges our society is facing by strategically implementing sustainable solutions while collaborating with local businesses, nonprofit organizations and the faith community."

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Cathy Lara

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Special Projects Coordinator
“I believe in the work at PLF because we carry Jesus at the core of all our work and Jesus is the perfect example of someone sacrificing everything for his people.”

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Cinthia Manuel

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Director of Workforce Initiatives
"I believe in the work of PLF because we strengthen communities by shaping and arming diverse leaders with tools to break invisible barriers with knowledge, passion, humility, and servant leadership."

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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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Gabrielle Nygaard

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Communications Coordinator, Emerging Leaders

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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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Nick Poindexter

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Assistant Director of Career Mentoring
"I believe in the work of PLF because of the collective commitment to serve, uplift and invest with the intent to build up marginalized communities. We are dedicated to creating equitable opportunities for others to help change their trajectory in life."

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Montse Astorga Ramos

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Young Fellow
“I believe in the work of PLF because I believe in the importance of empowering children and youth to rise up as leaders in their families and communities.”

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Demetrius Rhodes

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Asst. Director of Scholar Empowerment
"I believe in the work of PLF because we are intentional about presenting life changing opportunities to those historically and presently marginalized."

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Adam Ristick

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Director of Scholarships
"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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Jessica Smith

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Communications and Marketing Lead
“I believe in the work of PLF because we are not afraid to enter difficult spaces in order to create positive, long-lasting change in our most vulnerable communities.”

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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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Sunita Szabo

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Foster Parent’s Night Out Coordinator
"I believe in the work of PLF because developing connection through meaningful relationship is key to serving and strengthening our community."

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Josh Thomas

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Mentor Coordinator, Champions Connect
“I believe in the work of PLF because showing up plays a big part in children’s lives and that’s what we do here!”

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Kerri Thornton

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Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships + Initiatives
“I believe in the work of PLF because a strong community to surround our most vulnerable children is worth fighting for.”

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Felicia Tripp

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Executive Director of Multicultural Leadership
"I believe in the work of PLF because we must do whatever is necessary to equip young people of color to overcome the challenges they will face in higher education and the working world. PLF is a place that enables me to work on this challenge."

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Rachael Van Klompenberg

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Every Child Field Engagement Administrator
"I believe in the work of PLF because each and every team member is visibly passionate about human connection and bringing solutions to the lives of others."

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Lydia Weinert

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Every Child Administrator

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Renita Williams

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Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Training
"I believe in the work of PLF because we are not afraid to lean in and bridge the gaps within our community, creating space for diverse leaders to come alongside to build a better future."

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Shelly Winterberg

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Director of Field Engagement, Every Child Oregon
“I believe in the work of PLF because we invite the community to come together to tackle complex issues and care for vulnerable children and families.”

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The PLF Trust

PLF Trust Team