Traci Rossi

Executive Director, Friends of the Children – Portland

Portland, OR

Traci Rossi serves as the Executive Director of Friends of the Children – Portland, an organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by providing youth facing the toughest challenges with 12+ years of relentless professional mentoring from kindergarten through high school graduation, no matter what. She is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization and managing day-to-day operations. Friends – Portland has won the Most Admired Nonprofit in the State of Oregon for eight consecutive years.

Traci was born and raised in Oregon, and has over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience with an emphasis on education, community outreach, and service to underserved communities. Her efforts have been recognized as a 2020 Woman of Influence by the Portland Business Journal and as a Hometown Hero by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2021 for her service-before-self mentality and significant positive impact on the Portland community. She volunteers on local boards in alignment with her personal and professional commitment to youth success and equitable access to services and systems to foster a more equitable Oregon. Traci currently sits on the boards of Advantis Credit Union, the Portland State University Foundation, and the Gray Family Foundation, and is a founding member of the Women’s Foundation of Oregon Board and an American Leadership Forum Fellow

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