The National Board of Friends of the Children is responsible for fulfilling basic governance responsibilities such as financial and legal oversight, and the hiring and evaluation of the Chief Executive Officer. In addition, the Board is responsible for contributing to the success of the organization by supporting strategic planning efforts, supporting the organization’s fundraising efforts, sharing expertise, and providing important connections.
George Granger is President, AT&T – Oregon. Before coming to Oregon, George was Executive Director of External Affairs – California where he managed a team of professionals in a five county area. George previously served as Director of External Affairs for Cingular Wireless where he led the company’s legislative and regulatory agenda in eight states. Earlier in his career, George worked as an aide to California legislators at the state and federal level. George was an elected official, serving as a member of the Castro Valley School Board from 1994 to 2013. George has represented AT&T as a board member for a number of leading business and community organizations including: the Oregon Business Association, the Technology Association of Oregon, the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, the East Bay Regional Park District Foundation, and the Chabot Space and Science Center. In past years, he also served as Chairman of the United Way Giving Campaign in Alameda County and as President of the Alameda County School Board Association.
Stephen Graham is Managing Partner of the Seattle Office of Fenwick & West LLP, which he founded in 2008. Stephen concentrates in the areas of private and public mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements and corporate governance matters, including advising boards of directors and audit, compensation and nominating/corporate governance committees, preparation and filing of periodic SEC reports and other securities law compliance, including Sarbanes-Oxley Act matters and disclosure issues with respect to Rule 10b-5 and Regulation FD. His diverse practice is focused on the representation of emerging and established high growth companies, essentially serving as an extension of the senior management teams and boards of directors. Stephen has represented companies and investment banks in numerous initial public offerings, a wide variety of merger and acquisition transactions and private offerings of debt and equity.
Stephen has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of the top corporate and M&A lawyers in Washington. He is also a “Super Lawyer” award recipient, 2000 – 2019, is listed in Who’s Who in America by Marquis Biographical Reference, has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America, and is a member of the political science honorary, Pi Sigma Alpha.
In 2019, Stephen was elected to the board of directors of Washington Federal, Inc., a bank holding company (NASDAQ: WAFD). In 2011, Stephen was appointed co-chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies and served in that position until fall of 2017. He currently serves on the SEC’s Advisory Committee for Small Business Capital Formation. He is active in community affairs, currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (chairing both the Institutional Conflict of Interest Committee and the Individual Conflict of Interest Committee for more than 12 years), the Institute for Systems Biology and Life Sciences Washington, where he serves on the Executive Committee, and the Yale Law School Association Executive Committee.
Stephen received his B.S. from Iowa State University and his J.D. from Yale University School of Law.
Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Stephen was a corporate partner with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he became chair of the global Corporate Practice Group after founding the Seattle office in 2000.
Cynthia Grant is an advisor with the WRG Foundation, where she plays an active role in guiding the foundation’s areas of focus and identifying programs that receive support. She is the recently retired President and Co-Owner of Golf ScoreCards, Inc., a national business that serves the golf industry. Previous to this Cynthia spent 18 years in the advertising business. She began her career as an advertising executive in New York and was a Vice-President at Ogilvy & Mather. In her last position she was Managing Partner of the Portland office of CF2GS, a Seattle-based advertising agency that she and her business partners merged with Foote, Cone & Belding, one of the largest global agency networks in 1996. Cynthia has served on the Oregon affiliate boards of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and CASA. She currently serves on the Development & Marketing Committee of the Oregon Community Foundation. She earned her BS from Georgetown University in 1975 and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia in 1978.
Retired Senior Vice-President and COO of Food and Household Products Division, Ball Corporation
Michael Feldser is a retired executive from the metal packaging industry in which he spent 40 years. He retired in 2016 from Ball Corporation of Westminster, CO, as Senior Vice President of the company and Chief Operating Officer of the Food and Household Products Division. He served on the Executive Management Council of the company and was active in several industry trade associations in Washington DC. During his career with Ball, Mike helped lead the companies' efforts in the areas of sustainability and diversity/inclusion. In managing the global division Mike assisted with acquisitions that expanded the business in Europe and Mexico. He earned his BS degree from Miami University of Ohio in 1973 and an MBA from Xavier University in 1979. Mike recently relocated to Malvern, PA.
President, Cambia Health Foundation; Senior Vice-President, Corporate Social Responsibility and Palliative Care Solutions, Cambia Health Solutions
Peggy Maguire provides leadership and strategic direction to several key areas at Cambia, including ethics, compliance, strategic planning, corporate performance, enterprise risk management and corporate social responsibility. She also serves as president and board chair of Cambia Health Foundation, where she works with a wide range of stakeholders to enhance quality and improve access to palliative care through Sojourns, the Foundation's signature program. Peggy joined the company in 1997 as an associate general counsel and has held several posts, including chief of staff to the CEO, vice president of Legal Services, and director of Litigation & Risk Management prior to being promoted to her current position. Previously, Peggy worked as an attorney at Garvey Schubert & Barer, and served as a judicial extern to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Passionate about the health, education and wellbeing of all children in our community, Peggy lends her time and talent to several nonprofit organizations. Peggy is Chair of Start Making a Reader Today (SMART), and Executive Vice President of Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation Board. Peggy was honored by Dress for Success Oregon with its Athena Award in 2016. She was also recognized by the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington as a Woman of Distinction in 2015, and with an Orchid Award from the Portland Business Journal as a Woman of Influence in 2014. Peggy is a senior fellow of The American Leadership Forum of Oregon. She received her bachelor's degree in philosophy and anthropology from Lawrence University and her law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College.
Greg Goodwin is chairman of the Wayne D. Kuni and Joan E. Kuni Foundation, one of Washington State’s largest private foundations. The Kuni Foundation funds advanced research in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, as well as funding supported living programs for adults with intellectual delays.
Greg retired in 2016 from his position as Chief Executive Officer of Kuni Automotive, a Vancouver-based network of fifteen automobile dealerships in five states. He received his education from the University of California at Santa Cruz, majoring in Political Science.
Today, Greg is active in the Vancouver/Portland metro area, currently as Board Chair of Friends of the Children National, and previously as Vice Chair of the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington, board member of the Classic Wines Auction, the Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the YMCA of Columbia Willamette. He and his wife, Michele, co-chaired the Great Adventure Auction for Medical Teams International and the capital campaign to build Randall Children’s Hospital. They have also worked on the campaign to build Unity Center for Behavioral Health and have served as local fundraising champions for the Friends of the Children expansion campaign in Southwest Washington.
Greg and Michele Goodwin were named Philanthropists of the Year for 2017 by the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington.
Rachel Arnold has two decades of experience investing in and scaling growth at top software companies. She currently sits on the boards of Dispatch, Gather, Kazoo, RadarFirst, SecureLink and Zapproved. Rachel works with CEOs and senior management teams of market-leading enterprise software companies to help them accelerate growth and develop more efficient operations.
Before joining Vista Equity Partners in 2012, Rachel held executive positions at four Vista companies. Her roles included interim CEO for Social Solutions, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Product Management and Marketing at Mitratech, Vice President of Product Management and Strategy at MicroEdge, and running Business Development and Channel Programs at SRC Software. Outside of her Vista tenure, Rachel served as Strategy Director at Interbrand and as an Equity Research Associate covering enterprise software at Pacific Crest.
Rachel is passionate about giving back to her community. In 2017, she co-founded the Austin chapter of Friends of the Children, a national nonprofit organization focused on enabling high-risk children and breaking the cycle of generational poverty, where she led the board for three years. Rachel also serves as a Trustee for The Contemporary Austin.
Co-founder, Lustre; Retired Partner, Office of General Counsel, PwC
New York, NY
Erica Borden Baird is a retired partner of PwC, where she was Deputy General Counsel. As a member of PwC's Office of General Counsel, Erica gave advice to leadership teams and partners around the world on matters relating to legal, reputational, and business risks, governance, and the development of global and US assurance and risk management policies and procedures. Prior to joining PwC in 1984, Erica was a litigation associate at Olwine, Connelly, Chase, O’Donnell & Weyher in New York and a staff attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Erica graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University and earned her JD from New York University School of Law. She is a co-founder of Lustre, a blog devoted to retired career women. Erica is a member of both the New York and National Boards of Friends of the Children.
Director, The Campbell Foundation; Founder and Retired CEO, Campbell Global
Duncan Campbell’s passion for helping society’s most vulnerable children grew from his own experience as a youth living in a distressed area of Portland, OR. Those experiences eventually led to his founding of four children’s organizations: Friends of the Children, The Institute for Children, The Children’s Course, and Youth Resources. Early on in Duncan’s career, Duncan worked with juvenile offenders and later served as a member of the Governor’s Agenda for Children, as Chairman of the Multnomah County Juvenile Services Commission, and was a founding board member of Children First. In 1997 he was a delegate to the President’s Summit for America’s Future in Philadelphia. As founder and Chairman of The Campbell Group, Duncan has more than 30 years of timberland investment and forest industry experience. He holds a BS degree and a JD degree from the University of Oregon, is an attorney-at-law and a CPA. Duncan devotes his life to serving vulnerable children and families and has been closely involved with Friends of the Children since its inception in 1993.
Executive Director, Friends of the Children–New York
New York, NY
Gary Clemons started at Friends of the Children–Portland in 2008 as a Friend to eight boys. He has had multiple roles from Children Selection and Special Projects Manager to supporting fundraising efforts for the Portland chapter. Later Gary became Friends of the Children–National’s Chief Program Officer where he facilitated innovation, fidelity, outcomes, and collaboration of the program model and data across the National network. He also supported the network to grow from 8 to 15 locations during his time at National by helping raise the seed capital and building the program model to new cities. His passion for helping vulnerable youth derived from his own story as a youth who was born in New Jersey and went to high school in Inglewood, California, that struggled to find his way but was lucky to be empowered by positive adults. Gary is excited to be back on the East Coast to lead the New York chapter’s efforts to change the way the city addresses children impacted by the foster care and criminal justice systems by providing preventive long term solutions that have results. Gary’s past experience includes managing a project at Guide Dogs for the Blind to expand their donor, employee, and visually-impaired client pool across North America. Gary graduated from Portland State University, and has multiple Project Management certificates. He is a Leadership Portland alumnus and continues to be an incredible advocate for Friends of the Children.
Vice President and General Manager, Men's Division, Jordan Brand, Nike
Karie Conner is Vice President and General Manager of the Men’s Division for the Jordan Brand, based in Portland, OR. She’s a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she received her B.S. in Business Management and played for the Women’s Basketball Team.
After graduation, Karie launched her career in sales in Pittsburgh, PA, where she was a Territory Sales Manager for Philip Morris U.S.A. She later moved to Cincinnati to work for Johnson and Johnson as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative where her team received Regional Sales Team of the year for growing their territory by 35% in a highly competitive marketplace. Karie then moved to New York City to join Nike Inc. and held various roles in sales starting as a Regional Account Executive managing $9M in annual revenue and worked her way to a Strategic Account Executive on the Footlocker business which won National Sales Team of the year and managed over $1B in revenue.
In 2013, Karie moved to Nike World Headquarters to assume the role of Category Sales Director and worked on Nike Basketball and Nike Sportswear across multiple distribution channels over the course of three years. Karie then returned to New York as the Strategic/Regional Sales Director for the Jordan Brand where she grew the business by 20% in three years. Three years later, Karie was promoted to Senior Director of Marketplace at Nike’s World Headquarters where she joined the Global Nike Sportwear Team focused on Athletic Specialty and played a pivotal role in returning that business to profitable growth. Karie has been recognized in Sole Collector by a trusted retailer for having made a significant impact on the sneaker industry for creating distribution and sales strategies in some of the most influential markets in the U.S. and across the globe.
In Karie’s free time, she loves to travel with her husband, SirAllen, and two children Layla and Champ. She also prides herself on mentoring those who aspire to achieve their career goals.
Ellen Frawley, a partner at GMMB and Senior Communications Strategist, has led successful public education and behavior change campaigns that have saved lives, connected families to nutrition support, helped the uninsured gain health coverage, and assisted military service members in making smart financial decisions. Ellen’s clients have ranged from large foundations, such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts, to government agencies, such as the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Ellen’s work outside of GMMB includes serving as the National Director of Strategic Communications at City Year, an AmeriCorps program with thousands of young people serving full-time in communities across the United States, Europe, and South Africa. She worked on the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future and helped launch America’s Promise: The Alliance for Youth in 1998. At the US Department of Education, Ellen led an initiative to engage corporations, nonprofits, and community organizations to collaborate on education issues. Ellen is a graduate of Villanova University and lives in Arlington VA, with her husband and three sons.
Duncan & Cindy Campbell Professor for Children, Youth & Families, School of Social Work, Portland State University
Thomas Keller, PhD, is the Duncan and Cindy Campbell Professor for Children, Youth, and Families in the School of Social Work at Portland State University. He directs the PSU Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring and the Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research. He also is Co-Principal Investigator of the BUILD EXITO initiative, a major NIH-funded project to support undergraduates from traditionally under-represented student populations in preparing for graduate studies in biomedical and health sciences research. His research interests include the development and influence of mentoring relationships, social networks in mentoring interventions, evaluation of program innovations and enhancements, the professional development of program staff, and the mentoring of undergraduates in science, biomedical, and health fields. Dr. Keller’s projects have been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Spencer Foundation, and William T. Grant Foundation. Previously, Tom was a professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration where he earned its highest teaching award in 2003. He holds a BS from Stanford University, and an MPA and PhD from the University of Washington.
Executive Director, Friends of the Children–Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Thomas Lee has been a driving force for creating the conditions for change for transition-aged foster youth (TAY). As a member of the Alliance of Children’s Rights (Alliance), he led the Los Angeles Opportunity Youth Collaborative (OYC), one of the 21 Aspen opportunity youth incentive fund communities and a member of the L.A. Compact. The OYC unites dozens of employers, youth-serving organizations, and educational institutions to create a powerful launch pad for foster youth to overcome barriers to success. The OYC inspires partners to design a career pathway between job-ready youth and employers in high growth sectors with a wrap-around approach; it also is focused on increasing rates of high school graduation and college access and a definitive time of completion for foster youth within the largest child-welfare system in the nation. This work is codified, in part, through systems change and building enduring strategic partnerships.
Prior to joining the Alliance, he enjoyed over a decade leadership building of strategic partnerships, advocating and serving foster and probation youth as the Division Director of TAY for Hillsides Youth Moving On. His service broadened the scope of care and outcomes for youth, clearly evidenced by his innovation in the areas of workforce development, affordable housing, comprehensive mental health services, life skills training, and education.
Thomas is an educator at his core. He taught English and World Literature in 9th-12th grades for seven years. He is repeatedly humbled by the process of watching youth grow and succeed when they are properly inspired and supported. The guiding principle of his service has always been rooted in equity for youth to thrive. He earned his BA in English from Cal State Los Angeles and M.Ed. from National University.
Sharon Maghie served as a Director at Microsoft Corporation through her retirement in 2000. Sharon’s responsibilities included the design and management of Microsoft’s stock option plan, 401(k) Plan, and domestic benefit plans, as well as the management of all programs in Human Resource Operations. Under her leadership Microsoft, in partnership with Smith Barney, created and deployed the first online tool allowing employees to exercise their stock options from their desktop. In 2000 Sharon co-founded the Seattle Chapter of Friends of the Children and has been actively involved in the growth and development of this vibrant organization. Sharon has also been instrumental in her work with the Microsoft Alumni Network and the Microsoft Alumni Foundation since her retirement from the company. She has served on the boards in several capacities, and is currently Board Secretary of both organizations. Sharon graduated from the University of Washington with a BA and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy.
John is a venture capitalist and a managing director at Pivotal Investments, focused on investing in companies developing clean technologies for the sustainable economy. He is the former President of Intel Capital, Intel’s strategic investment arm, and was an Intel Corporate Vice-President. Prior to leading Intel Capital, John was instrumental in facilitating Intel's entry into new market segments as an Intel Vice-President and General Manager of the Communications Products Group, the Enterprise Server Group, and General Manager of Intel's desktop motherboard and PC building-blocks business. He joined Intel in 1983. John is a former director of the board of LSI Corporation and currently serves on three private boards, in addition to numerous community activities. He holds a BSEE from Tulane University and MBA from the University of Oregon.
Partner, Head of Structured Finance & Transportation Finance, Arnold & Porter LLP
New York, NY
Henry Morriello is a partner and Head of the Structured Finance Practice and Transportation Finance at Arnold & Porter, LLP in New York City. Henry represents clients in US and international term securitization and commercial paper conduits involving residential and commercial mortgage loans, corporate loans, equipment leases, student loans, aircraft loans and leases, auto paper, trade receivables, home equity loans, intellectual property royalties, and esoteric assets. He has represented global financial institutions in groundbreaking governmental financial assistance transactions, troubled financial asset portfolio sales, and liquidations. He has been active in representing investment funds and financial institutions in the purchase and financing of financial assets. Henry is a frequent lecturer at conferences across the country and abroad on topics that include asset/mortgage securitization, structured product workouts and restructurings, transportation finance, real estate finance, and alternative investments.
Bryan Parker is CEO and Co-Founder of Legal Innovators. As CEO, Bryan is responsible for all aspects of running the day-to-day business. Trained in the law and having operated as a CEO and COO of venture and private equity backed businesses, he is well positioned to understand the challenges of a corporate law practice, including helping our clients find innovative solutions in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Having also spent time as an investment banker Bryan understands the pressure those who manage law firms and GCS alike are under to reduce costs, while at the same time not sacrificing quality. He leads the Legal Innovators' team with this dual focus in mind.
Parker holds a BA in Political Science and Economics, with honors, from the University of California at Berkeley where he was a Student Senator. He also holds a JD from the NYU School of Law, where he was President of his class. He is admitted to practice in California and New York.
Bryan most recently served as the CEO for a venture backed technology company in California. Parker possesses the know-how to oversee budgets and operations of both size and complexity. Parker’s background is in operations, law and finance. He has a proven track-record of managing budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars and turning around large struggling companies. At Affinity Media, Parker took a money losing operation and helped grow it into a $200 million thriving enterprise with operations in the United States, China and Korea. While at Affinity Media, he also led a $60 million round of financing and completed three M&A transactions. Parker headed the Internal Growth and Real Estate operations at DaVita, a Fortune 500 company. His division was a $400 million business and underperforming when he first took it over. After four plus years under his leadership, the division had grown to more than $800 million in revenue with an attractive profit profile. Parker is adept at making data driving decisions and using metrics and dashboards to create the right levels of transparency for senior management, the board and shareholders alike. He also has experience, in legislative and lobbying efforts of Congress. Bryan’s corporate leadership was recognized by being selected for membership in the Executive Leadership Counsel.
Parker is also deeply involved in his community. He has served as a Commissioner with the Port of Oakland (Board of Directors) where he led efforts at fiscal reform including reducing the Port’s debt, cracking down on financial fraud, revitalizing the Oakland Army base (including the consideration of a stadium for the Oakland Athletics), and job creation through smart land use. Prior to that appointment, he served as Chair of Oakland’s Workforce Investment Board, a Member of the California at Berkeley Alumni Association, a Trustee on the Board of Holy Names University and a Board Member of the 100 Black Men of America (Bay Area Chapter). He has fed his passion for politics by backing both candidates and causes and through runs of his own. Bryan is a member of the service fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. He also spent several seasons coaching football at an inner-city high school. In his free time, Bryan enjoys wine collecting, golf and reading.
Dan Saltzman has recently retired from his fifth term as a Portland City Commissioner. In his nearly 25 years of public service to Multnomah County and the City of Portland he has been the Commissioner in Charge of over 15 city bureaus and offices. He most recently oversaw Portland Fire & Rescue, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, Bureau of Emergency Communications, Fire & Police Disability and Retirement Fund, Portland Children's Levy, and the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services.
Dan was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Beaverton High School, received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, and an M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He spent many years in the private sector as the principal in an environmental engineering firm. He also served as a staff assistant to Congressman (now Senator) Ron Wyden.
Dan served as Multnomah County Commissioner from 1993-1998 and has also served on the Board of Directors for Portland Community College. Dan's focus continues to be the well-being of our children and families, protecting Portland's natural and economic environment to achieve a more sustainable future, as well as enhancing public safety and opportunity for all Portlanders.
Retired Chief Financial Officer, Anthem Memory Care
Bruce Schoen, now retired, was the Chief Financial Officer of Anthem Memory Care providing operational and programmatic support to the company. He actively participated in setting Anthem’s financial strategy as well as overseeing the accounting staff and providing leadership in financial administration, business planning and budgeting activities, as well as risk management and human resources. Prior to his semi-retirement, Bruce was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Encore Senior Living, which operated 15 senior living communities throughout the country. He was a founding member of Encore and serves on its Board of Directors. Bruce has over 35 years of experience in the senior living and health care industry. Prior to the formation of Encore, Bruce served as Senior Vice President of Brim, Inc. (Encore’s predecessor company) and directed the implementation of strategic acquisition plans to acquire hospitals, senior living facilities, and other health care related facilities. Bruce has a BA in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA degree in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics from the University of Oregon. He is married with three children and five grandchildren.
David Shapiro is CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the national organization unifying and elevating the youth mentoring field through expertise, advocacy, and recruitment. For more than 13 years, he has dedicated his career to driving equity through the power of relationships and is a servant leader for the mentoring movement.
Under Shapiro’s leadership, MENTOR has partnered with leading global brands including the NBA family, Nike, Starbucks, LinkedIn and others to expand the mentoring movement through recruitment; grew its national footprint to include 24 local Affiliates in communities nationwide; and has worked extensively with the Obama Foundation to center mentoring through My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. Additionally, the U.S Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention selected MENTOR to establish and lead the National Mentoring Resource Center.
Retired Chief Technology Officer and Global Head of HP Labs, HP Inc.
Shane Wall is the recently retired Chief Technology Officer and the Global Head of HP Labs. In this role, Shane drove the company’s technology vision and strategy, new business incubation and the overall technical and innovation community. Shane was at HP for over ten years, spanning two waves a decade apart. He has held engineering and management roles leading peripheral development, ASIC development, embedded systems, product and platforms, before moving to Intel. At Intel, Shane spent over ten years as an executive in the areas of corporate technology, channel platform solutions and mobile communications. He was also directly responsible for ventures and investments during his time with Intel Capital. Shane holds a passion for the start-up community and is an active angel investor, serving on several startup and technology boards. Shane was the cofounder of venture-backed PrintPaks, a pioneer in multimedia imaging. He is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and has a B.S., Computer Engineering from Oregon State University. He holds multiple patents in the image and compute area.
Vanessa Wilkins is an expert on sparking and scaling innovation in schools everywhere so that all kids can be prepared for their future. She consults with funders and organizations focused on innovation in education and youth development. Most recently, Vanessa served as North America Community Impact Director at Nike, leading a statewide education initiative in Oregon, managing key national and local partnerships, and engaging Nike leaders to innovate in education. Her work re(launching) and implementing the Nike School Innovation Fund was recently documented in a Harvard case used to teach shared value and scaling impact in a joint program between the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Business School. Prior to Nike, Vanessa co-founded Partners in Scale, a consulting firm to mission-driven organizations, where she worked with innovative education models in developing countries, conducted a study on charter school funding in Oregon, and advised global NGO’s on organizational development. Previously, she served as VP for Worldwide Human Resources at EF Education and Managing Director at Friends of the Children, where she now serves on the National Board of Directors. She also worked in Venezuela for Empresas Mendoza. Vanessa received a BS from Boston University and an MBA from Harvard.
Don Washburn has served as the Executive Vice-President for both Northwest Airlines, Inc. and the Marriott Corporation. He was Chairman and President of Northwest Cargo and Chair of Northwest Aerospace Training Corporation. Currently, he serves on several non-profit and for-profit boards, including the Portland Citizen’s Crime Commission, the Portland Citizen’s Commission on Homelessness, the Oregon Business Association, Stand for Children, and four publicly traded business corporations: LaSalle Hotel Properties, The Greenbrier Companies, Key Technology, Inc., and Amedisys, Inc. Don earned his JD from the School of Law at Northwestern University in 1977, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in 1973, and his BBA from the School of Business at Loyola University of Chicago in 1970. He also completed Post-Graduate work at the Harvard Business School, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and the University of Chicago.
President and CEO, DJ Wilson Consulting; Retired President and General Manager, KGW Media Group
DJ Wilson is the founder of DJ Wilson Consulting specializing in executive and life coaching, strategic communications and leadership training.
Wilson is a veteran media professional with four decades of media experience including nearly two decades in general management of publicly traded broadcast stations in multiple markets. Most recently, Wilson was the president and general manager of the TEGNA owned media operating unit in Portland, Oregon; the KGW Media Group, a position she held from 2007–2018.
Wilson started in the industry holding various sales and sales management roles at KIRO TV in Seattle. Wilson was also the VP assistant GM/station manager at KING TV in Seattle and the president and general manager of KREM TV and KSKN TV in Spokane. Wilson has also been a VP of Sales in the FOX owned and operated station group working at FOX stations in the Atlanta, Detroit, and Birmingham markets.
Wilson is a past Board Chair (2016-2017) of the Portland Business Alliance (the combined business economic development group and Chamber of Commerce for Portland, OR). Wilson is also a past chair of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters, the Classic Wines Auction (a Wine Spectator top ten wine auction) and the Edward R. Murrow Professional Advisory Board at Washington State University where she also served two terms on the Board of Governors. Wilson also chaired the board for Farestart in Seattle, WA.
Wilson has served on the Board of Trustees for the Portland Art Museum, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Dorenbecher Children’s Hospital, SMART (Start Making a Reader Today), Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Citizen’s Crime Commission. Wilson also served on the national Television Advertising Bureau Sales and Marketing Advisory Committee, and on an NBC Jay Leno project advisory group.
In 2012, Wilson was inducted into the Edward R. Murrow Hall of Achievement and was the recipient of the Portland Business Alliance “No Glass Ceiling” female leadership award. Wilson is also a past Portland Business Journal Women of Influence recipient. In 2017 DJ was named Broadcaster of the Year by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters and in 2018 DJ was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) awaded their highest honor into the Silver Circle.
Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at WSU and has completed several masters’ level classes in Communication Leadership at Gonzaga University.
Wilson resides between her homes in Portland, Oregon and Whitefish, Montana.