Friends of the Children is a nationwide organization that breaks the cycle of generational poverty. The National Network Office supports chapters and affiliates, and leads national efforts to scale the model so that more of our nation's highest-risk children receive a Friend.

Our Values

Our values guide us to achieve our mission. Each value applies not only to our youth, Friends, and program teams, but also applies to all Friends of the Children employees, volunteers, and partners. We use our values to make informed decisions; to hire, coach, and manage; and most importantly, we use our values to change the way the world treats and views our most vulnerable youth.

Put Children First

We intentionally serve youth who are facing the greatest obstacles. To help our youth discover their limitless potential, we foster their internal resiliency. We listen to our youth and base decisions on each youth’s needs and dreams. We prioritize self-care so that we bring our best selves to our work and focus on our youth.

Build Relationships on Love

We nurture long-term relationships from a foundation of love, acceptance, and culturally-informed practice. We don’t give up easily, and take a no matter what approach to our work. We commit for the long-term. We intentionally develop collaborative relationships over time with trust, empathy, and healthy communication. We believe that we build community through one-on-one connections that are authentic, respectful, and meaningful.

Commit to Empowerment

We leverage personal strengths to take ownership of our futures. We build relationships within the communities of our youth and families to strengthen social networks and provide bridges to new opportunities. We consistently inspire possibility through empathy, hard work, and fun. We model all of this for our youth, families and each other.

Pursue Goals Relentlessly

We celebrate all achievements, big and small. We are disciplined in our commitment to goals, while innovative in how we reach them. We believe that the definition of success requires intentional reflection and adjustment over time. We work together and hold ourselves accountable with data to achieve short and long-term outcomes.

Demand Equity

We acknowledge the historical and present injustices impacting marginalized communities. We demand equity from ourselves and from our community. We insist that all people have the necessary support to achieve all of their hopes and dreams. We amplify the voices of our children, families, and communities. We bring together different experiences, skills, and backgrounds to provide opportunities to overcome personal, systemic, and institutional barriers.


Terri Sorensen

Chief Executive Officer

Carmi Brown

Chief Program Officer

Erinn Kelley-Siel

Chief Officer of Expansion and Policy

Abby Weast

Chief Operations Officer

Eric Gabrielson

Chief Expansion Officer

Mary Rennekamp

Chief Development Officer

Susan Walsh

Director of Research and Strategic Impact

Spencer Hill

Director of Programs

Ariane Le Chevallier

Director of Marketing and Communications

Sarah Beiderman

Director of Innovation

Cheryl Jones

Director of Human Resources

Angela Groves

Director of Strategic Impact and Grants

Ashlan Glazier-Anderson

Manager of Marketing & Online Fundraising

Emily Nestor

Database, Project Implementation and Grants Manager

Holly Huillet

Database Administration Manager

Susan Dearborn, CPA


Heather Schefter

National Board Liaison/Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Howell, CPA

Senior Accountant

UC Nwaekwe

HR Generalist

Ednaly Jimenez-Gomez

Accounts Payable Specialist

Mary Kashmar

Senior Expansion Development Specialist

Erin Wellington

Database Support Specialist

Kelsey Riordan

Administrative Support Specialist

Carly LaPorte-Fuselier

Accounts Payable Clerk

Julia Pham

Marketing Intern


Greg Goodwin

Board Chair

Chairman, Wayne D. & Joan E. Kuni Foundation

Vancouver, WA

Don A. Washburn

Board Co-Vice-Chair

Chairman of the Board, Amedisys, Inc.

Portland, OR

George Granger

Board Co-Vice-Chair

President, AT&T

Portland, OR

Cynthia Grant

Board Secretary

Advisor, WRG Foundation

Portland, OR

Michael Feldser

Board Treasurer

Retired Senior Vice-President and COO of Food and Household Products Division, Ball Corporation

Malvern, PA

Duncan Campbell


CEO, The Campbell Foundation and Retired CEO, Campbell Global

Portland, OR

Rachel Arnold

Managing Director, Vista Equity Partners

Austin, TX

Erica Baird

Co-founder, Lustre and Retired Partner, Office of General Counsel, PwC

New York, NY

Gary Clemons

Executive Director, Friends of the Children–New York

New York, NY

Karie Conner

Vice President and General Manager, Men's Division, Jordan Brand, Nike

Portland, OR

Ellen Frawley

Partner, GMMB

Washington, DC

Stephen M. Graham

Managing Partner, Fenwick & West LLP

Seattle, WA

Thomas Keller, Ph.D.

Duncan & Cindy Campbell Professor for Children, Youth & Families, Graduate School of Social Work, Portland State University

Portland, OR

Thomas Lee

Executive Director, Friends of the Children–Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Sharon Maghie

Retired Director, Microsoft Corporation

Clyde Hill, WA

Peggy Maguire

Senior Vice-President, Corporate Social Responsibility and Palliative Care Solutions, Cambia Health Solutions, and President, Cambia Foundation

Portland, OR

John Miner

Managing Director, Pivotal Investments

Portland, OR

Clinton Moloney

Managing Director Sustainability Solutions – Americas, Engie Impact

San Francisco, CA

Henry G. Morriello

Partner, Head of Structured Finance & Transportation Finance, Arnold & Porter LLP

New York, NY

Bryan R. Parker

CEO and Co-founder, Legal Innovators

Washington, DC

Dan Saltzman

Retired Portland City Commissioner

Portland, OR

Bruce A. Schoen

Retired Chief Financial Officer, Anthem Memory Care

Portland, OR

David Shapiro


Boston, MA

Shane Wall

Retired Chief Technology Officer and Global Head of HP Labs, HP Inc.

Portland, OR

Vanessa Wilkins

Founder, Future School Lab

Sisters, OR

DJ Wilson

President and CEO, DJ Wilson Consulting; Retired President and General Manager, KGW Media Group

Whitefish, MT

Reports & Tools

Research on the impact of youth and families in foster care

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Return on Investment Study

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Business Plan

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Friends of the Children Consolidated Financial Statements August 31, 2019

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Friends of the Children Form 990

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Investor Report (2018 Annual Report)

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Impact Report (2019 Annual Report)

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Foster Our Future

Our work in foster care

Friends of the Children is committed to the communities we serve, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace.

National Jobs

Grant Writer (contract/contract-to-hire, remote opportunity)

Chapter Jobs

Central Oregon

Professional Mentor "Friend"


Professional Mentor "Friend"

Lane County Oregon

Operations Manager

Program Director

Los Angeles

Program Director

Los Angeles (Antelope Valley)

Professional Mentor "Friend"

New York

Executive Assistant

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