Our Team

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Our Mission

The Contingent empowers leaders and mobilizes community for the common good.

Our Commitment to Oregon

Oregon is home, and we’re loyal to its people. Oregonians are as diverse as our geography. From the city to rural communities, from the desert to the coast, from the Columbia to Crater Lake, from Roseburg to Rockaway, we love this state. We’re committed to improving life for everyone who lives here.

Governing Board

Ben Sand
CEO, The Contingent
Anthony Jordan
President, The Contingent
Gustavo Vela-Moreno
Mechanical Engineer, PAE
Kirk Lohmolder
CEO, Eclectic Institute
Erinn Kelley-Siel
Chief Officer of Public Funding and Policy, Friends of the Children
Mark Shuholm
President, NW Polymers

Our Staff

Amani Austin
Director of Data and Curriculum, Empowering Leaders

I take action in Oregon by engaging with and empowering emerging leaders of color to live into their potential. I love Oregon because there is great opportunity for meaning full change

Amani’s superpower: Asking questions that move toward inclusion.

Kelly Bartz
Executive Director of Organizational Development

I take action in Oregon by elevating voices that are too often marginalized or muted. I love Oregon because the diversity of the state’s landscape is only a reflection of the beauty displayed in in the diversity of lived experiences.

Kelly’s superpower: Helping leaders discover all they are created to be.

Hosheman Brown
Director of Community Engagement, Know Me Now

I take action by working with the most vulnerable population and being a resource for them. I am an advocate for racial injustices. I work for an organization that believes in racial justice and gives me the platform to call it out.

Hosheman’s superpower: Building strong and lasting relationships within the community.

Jamie Dudley
Bookkeeper
Carolyn Evans
Director of Program Administration, Know Me Now
Tiara Gay
Community Response Coordinator
Vennisa Gerberg
Assistant Director of Community Engagement, Every Child PDX

I take action in Oregon by engaging the needs of my local community. I love Oregon because Oregonians care deeply and they are doers!

Vennisa’s superpower: Offering hope and joy amidst chaos.

Marcus Gillette
Co-Director of Every Child

I take action in Oregon by connecting leaders with their communities across the state. I love Oregon because it’s dirt is under my nails, and I am called to bless it.

Marcus’s superpower: Running hard for the cause.

Jillana Goble
Founder and Foster Support Specialist, Every Child PDX

I take action in Oregon walking alongside a myriad of people impacted by foster care. I love Oregon because it’s where I am putting down roots. There is no other place I’d rather be!

Jillana’s superpower: Leaning in to other’s experiences with empathy.

Brooke Gray
Executive Director of Mobilizing Community

I take action in Oregon by mobilizing community to bring what they can to the table for children and families in crisis. Oregon is a place of radical generosity. I love its diversity in people, perspective, geography and way of life.

Brooke’s superpower: Building unlikely bridges.

Melina Hernández
Community Response Coordinator
Anthony Jordan
President

I take action in Oregon by showing up in the lives of others. I love Oregon because my roots run deep here.

Anthony’s superpower: Earning the right to be heard.

Christine Kan
Associate Director of Program Administration, Know Me Now

I take action in Oregon by advocating for equity and seeking to listen to the voices of kids and families in our community. I love Oregon because this is home, and home is worth fighting for!

Christine’s superpower: Empathy + Authenticity.

Grace KIm
Director of Community Experience

I take action in Oregon by turning complex problems into action plans.

Grace’s superpower: Collaboration.

Peter Kim
Director of Technology, Data & Evaluation

I take action in Oregon by bringing my gifts to the table to build systems, processes, and tools to further our collective impact. I love Oregon because of our deep beauty in the midst of our complex challenges.

Peter’s superpower: Patience.

Eunice Makinde
Director of Every Child PDX
Bryce McCann
Program Coordinator, Empowering Leaders
Alina Mckinley
Every Child Administrator
Madeline Michalk
Community Response Coordinator
Gabi Nygaard
Assistant Director of Communications, Empowering Leaders
Nick Poindexter
Director of Community Partnerships and Mentoring, Empowering Leaders

I take action in Oregon by being dedicated to the collective commitment of our organization to serve, uplift, and invest in building up marginalized communities. I love Oregon because it is a place that has helped shape my story. The guidance and support of people here helped shape me to be who I am today.

Nick’s superpower: Encouragement.

Montse Astorga Ramos
Crews Coordinator, Know Me Now

I take action in Oregon by connecting community members with the opportunity to meet the needs of children. I love Oregon because of its beautiful scenery and people.

Montse’s superpower: Resilience.

Demetrius Rhodes
Assistant Director of Student Engagement, Empowering Leaders

I take action in Oregon by striving to empower young people in our community. I love Oregon because this is the state where I was born and raised.

Demetrius’ superpower: Genuine connections with people.

Kinnah Rhodes
Community Response Coordinator
Alexa Sakai
Community Engagement Coordinator

I take action in Oregon by stepping in the gap to provide resources, support, and love for parents and children in foster care. I love Oregon because we are resilient, diverse, and take action to support our most vulnerable community members

Alexa’s superpower: Empathy.

Ben Sand
CEO

I take action in Oregon by bringing leaders together to ask big questions and imagine collaborative solutions. I love Oregon because the people don’t back down and the trout are plenty (fish on!)

Ben’s superpower: Bringing ideas to life.

Jessica Smith
Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications

I take action in Oregon by changing the narrative of vulnerable children and families through storytelling. I love Oregon because the potential of young, diverse leaders is booming!

Jessica’s superpower: Resilience that is always learning.

Sunita Szabo
Assistant Director of Initiatives, Every Child Oregon

I take action in Oregon by connecting people in my community. I love Oregon because it’s full of some of the best people I know!

Sunita’s superpower: Gathering information and developing processes to achieve goals.

Lisa To
Operations Adminstrator
Felicia Tripp
Executive Director Empowering Leaders

I take action in Oregon by serving our most vulnerable communities. I love Oregon because of its geographic and racial diversity.

Felicia’s superpower: Love without judgement.

Rachael Van Klompenberg
Communications Coordinator

I take action in Oregon by seeing and storytelling in a way that honors individual perspectives. I love Oregon for its diverse landscapes; forests, beaches and city skylines.

Rachael’s superpower: Feeling the world with intensity.

Ciera Villegas
Emerging Leaders VISTA
Jacqueline Walker
Data Coordinator
Ken Weigel
Strategist, Action Lab

I take action in Oregon by championing growth for leaders and organizations through clarifying questions and strategic planning. I love Oregon because of the unique people who live within it and the awe-inspiring beauty that surrounds it.

Ken’s superpower: Jumping into complex challenges with good questions.

Shelly Winterberg
Co-Director of Every Child

I take action in Oregon by inviting the community to show up for children in foster care. I love Oregon because the folks that live in this state are generous and care for one another.

Shelly’s superpower: Calling out the good in others.

Take Action

We invite you to join the movement. We’ll meet you where you are and give you the opportunity to go all in. Together, we are The Contingent.