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.
Contact Eileen at email@example.com
Devin Ruiz, SW Washington Program and Outreach Coordinator