Six Monthly Sessions via Zoom

Thursdays – October 5, November 2, December 7, 2023 and January 11, February 8, March 7, 2024
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (PT)

Event Description

Affinity Group for Executive Directors of Color Leading Small, Emerging Nonprofits

Affinity Group Facilitator
Erica Briggs, Nonprofit Education Specialist, NAO

As nonprofit employees, we know how important it is to have healthy communities to rely on for various needs. Building connections with like-minded folks is a key component of sustainable wellness in your personal and professional lives. NAO is making it easier to invest in your care by offering an opportunity to connect with and create community within a small group (8-10) of inspiring leaders. We invite you to a free six-month series of virtual gatherings to connect.

You might feel like you don’t have time to do this, and we get it. If you feel like you are barely able to manage your current workload and personal obligations, adding one more thing that takes you away from your inbox or family seems impossible. But, part of the reason you feel like you might drown at any minute is because you need more community. Community is designed to lighten the load. By investing your time into building these relationships, you will create a support system of people who you can lean on to share resources, answer questions, be a sounding board, and more. The payoffs of participating in this affinity group will stretch beyond just conversations with like-minded colleagues – the purpose is to build a true community of care that is reciprocal and will add balance to your life, not bog you down with more stress.

These 90-minute monthly sessions will be facilitated by Erica Briggs, Nonprofit Education Specialist at NAO, a lifelong learner who advocates for culture and community, emphasizing balance and wellness. While not a requirement, we hope that as connections build over time, you will talk and meet outside these facilitated sessions as often as needed for support and care.

NAO is committed to creating inclusive learning environments and providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. 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 Affinity Group Facilitator

Erica Briggs, Nonprofit Education Specialist, NAO

Erica Briggs is a facilitator of learning, DEI consultant, community caretaker, creative artist and author. In each capacity she is a storyteller, sharing stories related to developing a more transparent and fluid identity, embracing culture, and aligning with nature to better heal, grow and sustain mental health and well being.

A native Oregonian, Briggs has lived and worked across the country and overseas. Currently, she serves as a Nonprofit Education Specialist at NAO; Facilitator of Learning for the Anti-Defamation League; and is the founder and CEO of a small arts and nature nonprofit based in Troutdale.  

As a single mother, she earned a BA in Communications at Mills College in Oakland, CA, and a Master's in Africana Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where she studied the social construction of race in America. 

For over 25 years, she has served various roles in asset-based community nonprofits, and both traditional and alternative learning environments from elementary through college. When she is at play you will likely find her wandering in her garden, making a mess in her art studio, or hiking with her children to the nearest body of water.



Free. Registration required. 

For more information or questions about the affinity group, please email Erica Briggs at


October 5th, 2023 11:00 AM to March 7th, 2025 12:30 PM
Online Event
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Leadership Development, Mental Health, Networking
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Metropolitan Portland, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding, Convening