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Thursday, January 26, 2022
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (PT)

Event Description

Oregon Nonprofit Modernization Legislative Campaign Kickoff 

Felicita Monteblanco, Public Affairs Director, Northwest Health Foundation
Phillip Kennedy-Wong, Public Policy Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

The 2023 state legislative session will be the most consequential one in decades for Oregon’s nonprofit sector. This is an important moment in helping government to ensure support is flowing to communities in need of services and the nonprofits that provide them. It will take advocacy to make that happen. We need to build a coalition of nonprofit organizations if we are to be successful. This means nonprofits need to have their voices heard and be ready and willing to roll-up their sleeves when the time comes to engage our state legislators and Governor to pass the Oregon Nonprofit Modernization Act. 

The Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) and Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF) have joined together to introduce and pass the Oregon Nonprofit Modernization Act, which includes: 

  • Easy and simple changes to government contracting practices that can be implemented right away and have an immediate impact 
  • The establishment of a Nonprofit Task Force to take a close look at streamlining and simplifying contracting, improving payment delivery, reducing burdensome reporting requirements, and raising nonprofit wages to improve employee retention in the long-term 
  • A Workforce Retention Fund to help nonprofits retain employees in the short-term 

The legislation are the byproducts of NAO’s contracting survey, outreach, and an advisory group convened by NAO and NWHF.   

We are asking you to join this effort…and we’ll make it as easy as possible to be a part of this legislative coalition. Whether it’s meeting with legislators, sending emails, posting social media, or adding your organization’s logo to a sign-on letter, there’s a place in this coalition for you. 

Come join us as we celebrate the kicking off the legislative campaign to pass the Oregon Nonprofit Modernization Act. We’ll provide an overview of the legislation, discuss the legislative strategy, and showcase a set of advocacy tools that you can utilize. 

Automatic closed captioning via Zoom is turned on by default for all NAO virtual sessions. For other accommodation requests, please contact us at Advanced notice of at least 10 days is appreciated.

About the Presenters

Felicita Monteblanco, Public Affairs Director, Northwest Health Foundation

Felicita joined Northwest Health Foundation in August 2020. As Public Affairs Manager, Felicita supports advocacy campaigns to change public policy, often in partnership and at the direction of community-based organizations. She also manages government relations and leads NWHF’s communications, among other responsibilities.

Before joining NWHF, Felicita was the policy and advocacy officer for Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, which serves Washington and Yamhill Counties and is the largest federally qualified health center in the state. Prior to Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, she worked at Vision Action Network, building a network of connected nonprofits and philanthropic leaders throughout Washington County.

Felicita earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in hospitality management from the University of San Francisco. Felicita was elected to the board of directors for the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District in 2017 and re-elected in 2021. She currently serves as President of the Board.

You will often find her hosting gatherings for Latinx leaders in Washington County and/or local electeds to connect around social justice issues. She was recognized for her service to the community with the American Association of University Women “Breaking Barriers” award in 2019. That same year she had the opportunity to travel to China as part of the American Council for Young Political Leaders whose aim is to provide a global perspective to local electeds.

In her free time, Felicita loves to dance, travel and canvass for candidates she believes in.

Phillip Kennedy-Wong, Public Policy Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Phillip Kennedy-Wong is a public policy professional with over 20 years of experience lobbying at the state, local, and federal levels. He has worked for several nonprofit organizations throughout his career and served on nonprofit boards. He brings a strong foundation and understanding of the nonprofit sector including operations, board management, fundraising, programing, and tax law.

Phillip brings a perspective that is not shared by many public policy professionals in Oregon: lived experience as a person of color and a child of immigrants that informs his work in this profession. His parents had no formal education, spoke very little English, raised his autistic brother, worked hard in low-skilled, low-wage jobs all their lives so their children could pursue a better life. As the result of their sacrifices, he was blessed to be the first in his family to go to college, pursue enriching life experiences including military service and graduate school; build a career as a successful, senior level professional public policy advocate and give back to his community.

Phillip served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves while earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Lewis and Clark College. Upon graduating, he went to work right away as a field organizer on a political campaign during the 1992 presidential election. Getting the political bug, he proceeded to earn a Master of Science in public policy from Rutgers University and has never looked back in his public service career. Phillip lives in Portland with his wife, two daughters, and two cats.



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January 26th, 2023 from  1:00 PM to  2:30 PM
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Advocacy and Public Policy
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Metropolitan Portland, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Voice