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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Carolyn Manke, Director of Programs
Originally from Queens New York, Carolyn grew up primarily in Maine and moved to Portland in 2001 to pursue a graduate degree. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Maine and a Master of Science in Sociology from Portland State University. She is passionate about understanding the ways capitalism shapes our culture, and more specifically, the role of public and private education in the reproduction of inequity.
Carolyn has 15 years of experience in the Portland non-profit sector, managing programs, providing technical assistance, and leading program evaluation. Prior to joining Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest, she held the role of Manager of Program and Evaluation at Friends of the Children—National, and served as the Vice President of Program Impact at Camp Fire.
Community involvement is important to Carolyn, and she stays involved by volunteering and serving on boards and committee, including: Oregon Youth Sexual Health Partnership (OYSHP), Multnomah County Sex Trafficking Collaborative, Social Venture Partners, All Hands Raised, Oregon Program Evaluators Network, and Multnomah County Community Budget Advisory Committees.
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Doran Whipple, Director of Development
Doran is a local girl and comes to Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest with more than 20 years of development and nonprofit experience.
She loves social impact work and connecting people to their passions to improve communities. She is excited to grow organizational momentum and capacity with Girls Inc. with a lens focused on equity and inclusion. "At the end of the day, I want to share in doing good work and have fun along the way."
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Anna-Gaelle Marshall, Director of Finance and Administration
Anna-Gaelle specializes in supporting creative and mission-driven individuals and organizations, encouraging them to reach their full potential by providing them with the financial management and operational infrastructure that they need in order to complete their work. She enjoyed a decade long career in international broadcast television production before becoming a mother and completing a Master’s in Education with a focus on early childhood. Anna-Gaelle is a constructivist educator who believes in self-directed and civic-minded experiential learning. She also has twenty years of professional experience in accounting, administration and business management. She likes to keep organizations, people, programs, projects and spreadsheets organized, and is fluent in bookkeeping, records management, human resources and legal-eze. She was born in France, partakes in year-round organic urban farming and loves camping with her husband and daughters.
She is also a regional advocate for community driven Participatory Art and a founding board member of Dusty Visions, a public benefit corporation.
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Grace Malango-Blake, Girls Group Manager
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Grace graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a BA in English and began working in the Portland Public Schools shortly thereafter, first at Jefferson High School and then Lane Middle School. Grace returned to the Bay Area spent the next six years working in the outdoor and experiential education fields—most recently as the Outdoor Programs Manager for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy’s youth leadership and engagement hub, the Crissy Field Center. Here she led multiple teams dedicated to providing equitable access and positive first-time camping experiences to over 12,000 youth each year. Upon returning to Portland in 2016, Grace joined Camp Fire Columbia coordinating and managing a variety of school-based programs throughout the city. She’s excited to continue this work with Girls Inc. of the PNW and provide high quality programming for girls across the Pacific Northwest.
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Juanes Collazo, Eureka! Manager
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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Sarah Cagann, Events Manager
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.
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Elise Elshire, Administrative Coordinator
Elise is a northwest native with an eclectic background in human resources, office administration and education. After graduating from the University of Oregon in Journalism and Women’s & Gender Studies, she earned her TEFL certification and taught English in Prague, Czech Republic for one year. Her desire to travel has been insatiable ever since. Elise returned to Portland and worked in the recruiting industry for over four years, where she helped manage a busy office and learned the ins and outs of HR and admin support.
Elise was first involved with Girls Inc. as a Girl’s Guide in 2015 and is now thrilled to be a full time staff member. She’s honored to work for an organization that supports girl’s empowerment and education and looks forward to learning more about the nonprofit world. In her spare time, you can find Elise hiking, buried in a book, or dreaming up her next travel adventure.
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Allison Cohen, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
Allie seeks out opportunities to build deep relationships driven by shared values. Because of this, she's felt at home working in community engagement for nearly a decade. Allie graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with degrees in sociology and philosophy. Post undergrad she spent two years as an AmeriCorps member before going back to school. Allie graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Masters degree in sociology with an emphasis on gender and community organizing. After finishing her degree, Allie worked for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio supporting and training volunteers and delivering gender specific programming in under-resourced communities. Her most recent role was managing community engagement and coordinating training logistics for the Social Justice Program at the YWCA of Greater Portland.
She is also a longtime advocate for reproductive justice and has volunteered and interned with Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country. Currently Allie serves on Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon's Leadership Advocacy Team
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Keiren Bond, Development Coordinator
Keiren comes to Girls Inc. with perpetual optimism and a personal mission to pair justice-driven folks with resources in service of a more just and socially aware community.
Driven to social justice during her degree in Journalism and International Relations, Keiren has spent the last 8 years leading and facilitating conversations in person and on-air about gender equity and its intersections, as well as creating public spaces for these conversations to thrive. In her most recent role as Development Manager at XRAY FM, Keiren led individual giving campaigns to fund public programming that amplifies historically marginalized voices in Portland and the surrounding regions.
Keiren is excited to continue her mission at Girls Inc. and contribute towards creating opportunities for the future women of the Pacific Northwest to thrive.
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Anomie Campbell, Grant Writer
Anomie Belle Campbell is an artist/musician and freelance grant writer. Her nonprofit and grant writing work has been in youth development, gender-justice, education and the arts. She has worked with Rain City Rock Camp For Girls, Reel Grrls, Portland's Rock ’n’ Roll Camp For Girls, Saturday Academy, Seattle Girl's School, OMSI, the Center for Communication & Civic Engagement, Seattle Education Access, and the YMCA, among others. Anomie has her MA in Communication from the University of Washington and a BA in Sociology from Whitman College. Her work as an artist has been funded by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, 4Culture, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, Artist Trust, and the Simpson Center For Humanities.