Who We Are
We hire leaders and give them freedom to lead. Everyone comes to The Contingent with their own unique gifts, skills, and abilities and we encourage our team to step up and be all in this work with that uniqueness. We hold ourselves to a high standard for practicing equity; If we are going to engage in the work of mobilizing community and empowering leaders externally, we must first do the work internally (personally and collectively).
Our Commitment to our Communities
At The Contingent, the “who” is more important than the “what.” The Contingent centers community voices, particularly the voices of those most impacted by our work. We recognize that every person we interact with has an opportunity to help us fulfill our mission. Our values are most fully lived out in partnership with the communities we serve.
The Contingent empowers leaders and mobilizes community for the common good. The Contingent is creating a nationwide movement of individuals and families rising into leadership and service of others for the communities in which they live.
I take action in Oregon by serving the vulnerable folks in my community.
Joanna’s superpower: Creating delightful experiences for others.
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 the diversity of lived experiences.
Kelly’s superpower: Helping leaders discover all they are created to be.
I take action in Oregon by learning and listening to the needs of the community.
Alex’s superpower: Storytelling
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.
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.
I take action in Oregon by saying a sometimes enthusiastic and sometimes reluctant “yes” to offer my life and my talents in service to and love for others.
Luke’s superpower: Observation and strategy.
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.
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.
“Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it’s my responsibility to make it better” -Tom McCall
Stacy’s superpower: Tenacity combined with creative problem-solving.
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.
I take action in Oregon by creating and sustaining equitable systems and spaces.
Stephanie’s superpower: Resiliency rooted in hope.
I take action in Oregon by listening to the needs of those around me and helping them get the resources that they need in order to succeed.
Juliette’s superpower: Creating an atmosphere where people feel welcomed, at peace, and joyful.
I take action in Oregon by bringing my full self to this work. For me, that means taking risks, knowing what I don’t know, and being eager to learn.
Bryce’s superpower: Problem solving and adaptability.
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.
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.
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.
I take action in Oregon by providing organizational structure and administrative support to allow others space to be their best self.
Lisa’s superpower: Hospitality and Intuition.
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 judgment.
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.
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.
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.