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María Lisa Johnson, Consulting Director
Nonprofit Association of Oregon


Anita Rodgers, Associate Director
McKenzie River Gathering Foundation

Kathleen George, Director
Spirit Mountain Community Fund

Vanetta Abdellatif, Board Member
Northwest Health Foundation

Pizza, Salad, No-host Bar & Networking at 5:00
Presentation at 5:30

In recent years, Oregon and SW Washington foundations have placed greater emphasis on equity in philanthropy. Nonprofits are now more frequently asked to demonstrate their commitment to equity and inclusion by reporting on the demographics of Board and staff. Some grantmakers insist on the adoption of policies to ensure recruitment and retention for diversity among their grantees. As nonprofit leaders, have you wondered how foundations analyze the demographics of your Board and staff? Has your organization experienced difficulty in meeting new expectations? Do you have a success story to share with peers? Can you assess the impact of your efforts? At this session, you will learn how grantmakers in the region have put equity into practice in their organizations. You’ll also have the chance to share and learn about successful strategies to diversify Boards that have resulted in furthering organizational cultures for greater equity and inclusion.

About the Presenters

Anita Rodgers got her start as a community organizer with the Latin American Solidarity Committee in Eugene over 20 years ago. In the early 1990s she directed the San Francisco chapter of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, but returned to Oregon in 1995 to lead the Community Alliance of Tenants. Anita joined the MRG Foundation in 2003, first as the Program Director and, more recently, moving up to serve as Associate Director. As MRG’s Associate Director, Anita gets to combine her love of racial justice, strategic planning, and grassroots social change organizing in overseeing MRG’s internal operations. Anita serves on the Board of Basic Rights Oregon and is active with Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Kathleen George has assisted tribal governments to accomplish their goals since 1996. A focus of her work has been the protection and restoration of the resources upon which tribal culture and heritage depend. Kathleen has been a small business owner and has worked for both the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and of the Grand Ronde in the Natural Resources Department. She has also worked in state government for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

María Lisa Johnson has worked with public and nonprofit organizations on a wide range of issues affecting community well-being for over 20 years. She offers an array of consulting and coaching services to help build nonprofit capacity and develop nonprofit leaders, and is available to provide bi-lingual (Spanish/English) facilitation and training. María Lisa also manages NAO’s consulting team and grant-funded cohort projects designed to increase nonprofit effectiveness and build leadership skills through peer learning communities.

Vanetta Abdellatif serves as the Director of Integrated Clinical Services at the Multnomah County Health Department, which provides clinical services including personal health services delivered at Community Health Centers as well as Corrections Health. Vanetta began her career in health care administration by earning a BA degree in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and an MPH with a specialty in health services administration from San Diego State University. She completed fellowships in hospital administration at Kaiser Permanente in California and long-term care management with the Catholic Health Corporation in Nebraska. During the time that she has lived in Portland, she has held leadership positions with Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Systems, Providence Health Systems, and the Multnomah County Health Department. Vanetta serves on various Boards and committees and has been involved with local and national health reform efforts that focus on increasing access to health services and promoting health equity in communities.

About the Network

Nonprofit Board Network offers regular opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere for you to learn about nonprofit governance, network with Board members from other organizations, and meet the experts. Nonprofit Board Network gives you a chance to interact with respected thinkers and practitioners in the nonprofit world and to share information and experience.

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October 8th, 2013 5:00 PM   through   7:00 PM
Ecotrust Conference Center, 2nd Floor
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
NAO Members $ 22.50
Nonmembers $ 25.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
NAO Event?
Topic Board Development and Governance
Presenter María Lisa Johnson
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
Programmatic Approach

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