A graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Elizabeth started her career at Population Services International (PSI) in Washington, DC. While there, she worked on a variety of social marketing projects for malaria prevention, clean water and HIV/AIDS prevention in the developing world.
Elizabeth earned a Master’s of International Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in 2001. She then devoted the next five years in the pharmaceutical industry at Bristol-Myers Squibb. As Product Manager in the company’s Virology Division, she marketed HIV/AIDS products in the United States. She successfully led the development and execution of marketing, training and public relations tactics for Reyataz, a leading protease inhibitor for HIV/AIDS. She was also responsible for leading the Virology Division’s Women’s Initiative and African American Initiative to better understand and address the impact of HIV/AIDS on these populations.
Elizabeth relocated to her hometown Portland, Oregon, in 2006 with her husband and two daughters and has held non-profit management positions at two organizations. Most recently, as the Vice President of Community Relations at Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, she led all of the agency’s marketing, public relations and communications. Prior to this she served as the Executive Director of Marathon Education Partners, a Portland-based non-profit that seeks to improve low-income children’s awareness of and access to college.
Through her previous experiences, Elizabeth brings strong nonprofit management and marketing skills to her new role. In all facets of her career, she has demonstrated an ability to work successfully with numerous stakeholders and to achieve quick, yet sustainable results. Most importantly, she is driven by a passion to do what she can to make this world a better place for children, especially girls.
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Megan joins Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest as Director of Community Relations after more than a decade working in Portland-area non-profits to promote social justice, sexual and reproductive health, gender equity, and prevent dating and sexual violence. Megan served for 4 years as chairs of the Multnomah County Family Violence Coordinating Council's Prevention and Public Awareness Committee and the Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force's Prevention and Education Committee. She sits on the Oregon Youth Sexual Health Partnership, and the Legislative and Public Policy Committee of the SATF. In 2015, she was awarded the Judge Stephen B. Herrell award for Outstanding Collaborative Efforts to End Family Violence. In her spare time, Megan serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Bitch Media, and volunteers on the Northwest Abortion Access Fund hotline.
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Juanes has worked for the last six years at Portland Community College Cascade Campus. There she helped expand science tutoring and science student support. This work culminated in opening the Science Tutoring Lab, a dynamic science tutoring space that is unique among college & university campuses. As a Portland State University alumni with a Major in biology and a Minor in Spanish, she has a strong background in both scientific research & science education. This, combined with her natural organizational skills and passion for teaching, means Juanes is uniquely positioned to elevate the already amazing Eureka! Program.
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A native of Colorado, Eileen brings a diverse cross-cultural background in business, education and nonprofits, with a strong passion for helping girls be their best selves. Eileen started her career at IDS American Express in training and development in Minnesota. After relocating to Portland she joined Nike, successfully creating and delivering leadership development programs across all levels of management, co-creating Nike’s first global performance management and succession planning system and eventually managing the Footwear Production HR function for both the US and Asia.
As an entrepreneur, she has provided leadership and organizational development services to both local and global businesses. Her most recent business partnership was focused on strategic planning, executive development and the development of women leaders in manufacturing in Asia.
Through her avocational work, Eileen found a passion for working with women and girls (from coaching girls soccer to volunteering at Raphael House to running workshops and authoring articles for Full Esteem Ahead, a grassroots organization focused on developing self-esteem in girls.
A lifelong learner, Eileen holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on both school counseling and corporate training and organization development. In addition, has a Master's in Teaching with a focus on social justice and equity in education. Her non-profit work includes case management and leading a post-secondary success program at Open Meadow Alternative Schools (now Open Schools) as well as program management at Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Eileen is excited to be part of the SW Washington community and leading the effort to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold in this community. SW Washington is a growing and vibrant community and she looks forward to forging meaningful partnerships.
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Special Lovincey kick started her passion for working with youth when she began volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters and NW Outdoor Science School, during high school. She continued her work in community engagement throughout her time studying at Linfield College mentoring 8th grade girls and coordinating college students to mentor middle school students. Special spent much of her college experience organizing students to stand against campus inequalities by providing a safe space for students to voice concerns regarding gender, race and their intersections. Before joining the Girls Inc. team, Special worked in a number of cities across the country as a grassroots organizer fighting on campaigns for a more just economy, access to affordable healthcare and other issues concerning women, jobs and the environment. Special is thrilled to be able to provide her experience to the team and work alongside such passionate individuals.
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Sarah grew up on the Jersey Shore, where she started an educational company as a teenager. This business afforded her the opportunity to attend Temple University in Philadelphia, where she received her bachelor's degree in public health. Sarah began working with several organizations that sought to serve disadvantaged communities with health education. The work with those organizations included traveling to Jamaica to work with The Women's Centre of Jamaica as well as the Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. After moving back to New Jersey, Sarah focused her attention on her homegrown business and integrating STEM curricula into local schools. She recently moved to Portland and found herself eager to work with another Girls Inc. affiliate. Sarah pairs her previous work with Girls Inc. and passion for providing quality programming to girls in her position here in the Pacific Northwest.
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A graduate of San Jose State University's School of Business, Sarah has spent the past ten years in the nonprofit and educational sectors. Most recently coming to Girls Inc. from the Lake Oswego School District where she served on the District's Equity Leadership team and facilitated the creation of the district-wide human health and sexuality plan. A proud feminist, Sarah has a passion for making the world a more equitable place, especially for women.
When not at work Sarah enjoys traveling, art, watching her 2 kids play soccer, and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration program at Portland State University.