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Professional Summary

Motivated professional with superior organizational and analytical skills, as well as exceptional communication, whether written and verbal. During my 10+ years of experience in the non-profit sector, I have grown to understand the importance of handling diverse responsibilities while empowering team members. I excel in senior level positions, and enjoy the challenge of working on multiple projects simultaneously, while managing staff in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines and shifting variables. 

Consulting work has also become a growing passion of mine. While working with companies and organizations in varying points in their equity journey, I am able to provide learning opportunities, facilitation for nuanced conversations, content creation, and ongoing support for DEI programs and BIPOC / LGBTQIA2S+ professionals. 

Skills

Operations Strategy  Communication     Fiscal Management  DEI Initiatives
Program Evaluation 
  Data Analysis    Grant Writing    Staff Oversight & Training

Project Management    Donor Relations    Outreach   Program Management

Experience

2021 - Present       |          Vancouver, Washington

Leadership & Culture Consultant @ He Māla Hou Consulting

​I founded He Māla Hou to come alongside, advise, and support organizations that acknowledge the oppression that is caused by white, cis/het normative culture, and desire change. Our name directly translates to "a new garden." As we partner with teams and organizations our intention is to create a new garden where all stakeholders can grow and thrive in safe spaces for who they are. At He Māla Hou we provide the support that is needed to build a culture that attracts, engages, and retains staff - especially those that come from marginalized, underrepresented communities. Our first step is acknowledging that this is an overwhelming process. Next, we dive in with honesty and humility so you can too. Whether you already know what you need to focus on, or aren’t quite sure how to define the task at hand, He Māla Hou will co-create a plan with you that will truly make a difference.He Māla Hou (QTBIPOC owned) was created to come alongside, advise, and support organizations that acknowledge the oppression that is caused by white, cis/het normative culture, and desire change. Our name directly translates to "a new garden." As we partner with teams and organizations our intention is to create a new garden where all stakeholders can grow and thrive in safe spaces for who they are. At He Māla Hou we provide the support that is needed to build a culture that attracts, engages, and retains staff - especially those that come from marginalized, underrepresented communities. Our first step is acknowledging that this is an overwhelming process. Next, we dive in with honesty and humility so you can too. Whether you already know what you need to focus on, or aren’t quite sure how to define the task at hand, He Māla Hou will co-create a plan with you that will truly make a difference.​​

2022 - 2023       |          Portland, Oregon

Chief People & Diversity Officer @ Do Good Multnomah

Reporting to the Board of Directors, I co-lead the organization in a shared-collective leadership model focusing internally to drive vision and empower all levels of staff. Guided by the organization's mission and values, I function as the organization’s leader on all matters pertaining to diversity, equity and inclusion and am responsible for curating, implementing, and managing Do Good’s DEI initiatives. I function as a core member of the Executive Team, partnering with the Board, the IDEA team, and the Human Resources team to further enhance DEI efforts that attract and retain diverse candidates through equitable policies, procedures, and practice. I continue to cultivate an environment where individuals who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, ability, or military status feel safe, included, and able to bring their full selves to each day.

May 2021 - Present       |          Milwaukie, Oregon

Cultural Strategist @ Northwest Housing Alternatives

As the Cultural Strategist I am a leader, advisor, advocate, catalyst for change, and an institutional resource focused on infusing DEI into all areas of NHA, tracking progress toward these goals, and communicating progress to an engaged community. I am passionate about building relationships and collaborating with others to advance NHA’s priority to promote racial equity by advocating for a racially diverse and inclusive environment, while equipping staff to lead diverse and inclusive teams. 

Jan 2021 - Present       |          Milwaukie, Oregon

Operations Manager @ Northwest Housing Alternatives

As the Operations Manager, I drove organizational process and procedures and oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Administrative team. As a key administrative position within a small but dynamic organization, I was effective in supporting others deliver measurable and timely results. With strong communication skills, high emotional intelligence, and detailed analytical thinking I played a key role within the origination to centralize and coordinate workflow and support through and to various and diverse programs and activities. I worked to increase efficiency with NHA’s operations systems, processes, and policies to better support multiple lines of business.

May 2019 - May 2020         |          Portland, Oregon

Program Operations Manager  @ Chicktech

As the Program Operations Manager I managed multiple projects across different organizational chapters to increase the impact of ChickTech and its mission of increasing the accessibility of technology for female identifying, non-binary, and transgender students and professionals through tech programming, conferences, and an online platform. I have the great pleasure of working with colleagues, volunteers, and community partners to effectively oversee youth programs, adult events, grant writing applications and to further their online presence. I have been able to effectively use my budget planning, logistics, development, and communication skills in this position, with excellent results.Through the comparison of programs by process, impact, and outcome evaluation processes, I implemented changes resulting in a 17% increase in participation and 22% of savings in specific program budgets.

July 2020 - Present        |          Portland, Oregon

Executive Director @ Operation Nightwatch

Operation Nightwatch is a local nonprofit that provides nighttime hospitality for Portland’s unhoused population to promote dignity, community, and social connection. As the Executive Director I provide oversight to all of Operation Nightwatch. I quickly identified the biggest priority of increasing the diversity, equity, and inclusion of programs, personnel, and the board of directors and am working to ensure this much need work takes place. I am able to use my extensive experience, but especially my expertise in fiscal management, strategic fundraising, and program efficiency in this role. 

June 2018 - May 2019         |         Longview, Washingtion

Regional Director @ The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is a well known global organization that provides assistance to all people. As the Director of the Salvation Army in Longview, I oversaw a team of 10 employees, 160 volunteers, 12 board members, and a myriad of community partners to fulfill the mission of meeting human need without discrimination. Through the management of different projects, I utilized current assets in new ways to increase success and efficiency with resources, time, and personnel. I also worked to grow staff morale and open communication which led to our team being more productive and a healthier work environment. Main job duties included fiscal management (Cut annual cost by 20% while increasing revenue by 15% in first year), staff oversight, donor relations, grant writing, and program development analysis (current programs and revenue to assess risk resulting in minimizing negative fiscal impact and saving over $140,000).

August 2016 - June 2018       |        Various West Coast Locations

Operational Consultant @ The Salvation Army

In three different locations (Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Spokane) I led intercultural efforts to increase the accessibility of those served as well as grow diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. I collaborated with the executive team to manage annual organizational budgets up to 12 million dollars. I also worked to support large events and grant applications with cross-functional teams including donor relations and fundraising.

April 2015 - August 2016       |          Honolulu, Hawaii

Case manager / Curriculum Developer / Grant Writer

I managed a caseload of 40 by developing an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for each client that identified goals, activities, strategies, timetables, and monitored the client’s progress towards self sufficiency. I also worked on different projects to streamline processes, formulate program curriculum, and build relationships regardless of barriers. I also worked with development to identify and solicit new funding sources including grant applications and grant reporting, securing over $400,000 in grant funds.

February 2014  -  April 2015        |          Honolulu, Hawaii

Community Liaison @ Honolulu Community Action Program

I provided community outreach, information and referral services to low income individuals and families by informing them of HCAP’s programs, services, and existing community resources. I also worked on a team to evaluate existing programs to increase efficiency and effectiveness by analyzing community needs to formulate plans for new programs.

June 2012 - July 2014       |         Kaneohe, Hawaii

Central Aisle Cashier Lead @ Sears, Roebuck and Co. 

I managed the cashier team as well as collaborated with the Director of Operations and General Manager to increase monthly benchmarks. Through different projects we were able to work and develop staff to increase profit, sales, employee retention, and customer service. Through analyzing data from sales, customer feedback, and examining comparable store locations, we improved efficiency and success of processes.

June 2011 - May 2012       |          Honolulu, Hawaii

Program Lead @ After School All Stars

At one of the most impoverished Middle Schools in Hawaii, I led educational, recreational, career exploration, and academic readiness activities to increase student support that was necessary for students to succeed in life, school, and their future careers. I led STEM activities, taught cooking classes, coached special olympic unified sports teams, and was the head math tutor for the eighth grade. Many of the students suffered from emotional and physical trauma, learning disorders, and lack of stability which led to the use of creative teaching and relationship building methods. 

August 2009 - Jan 2011       |         Honolulu, Hawaii

Group Leader @ Kama'aina Kids

I worked with students in grades k-6 to provide a stable adult presence while engaging together in sports, art, and music. Students were able to grow together and obtain skills that are necessary for their future. 

Summer 2009        |          Waimea, Hawaii

Leader in Training @ The Salvation Army Camp Homelani

At The Salvation Army’s summer camp, I was a leader in training in different roles such as counselor, maintenance, and kitchen associate. I learned what it took to be a strong leader in the youth development sector while changing kids’ lives for the better. I led activities that strengthened participants' faith, sports, and creative abilities such as bible study, basketball, multimedia, and music theory. 

Summer 2008       |          Waialua, Hawaii

Day Camp Leader @ The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division 

I was one of six chosen to be selected for the Day Camp Team which consisted of travel to 4 different islands. At each island we provided social services such as meals and clothing drives, as well as one-week day camps for youth ages 3-12. These services broke barriers to provide food, education, and support for low-income youth across Hawaii. 

Education

Aug 2020

George Fox University

Bachelors of Science in Pure Mathematics

Education

2022

Cornell University

Diversity & Inclusion

Volunteer Experience

2020 - 2021

The Living Room Youth

Executive Board Member & Treasurer

2019 - 2021

Boys & Girls Club of Portland Metro

STEM & Sports Leader - North Clackamas School District (Alder Creek & Rowe Middle School)

2007 - 2016

The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division

Outreach Leader for the Unhoused Street Outreach Program

 June 2018

College for Officer's Training

Associates of Ministry

Certifications

Interests

Right brained? Left brained? Maybe a bit of both. In my free time I enjoy spending long days with my partner, 2 kids, and our two 4 legged pals. We love venturing the PNW and taking advantage of the lush scenery, endless rivers, and beauty that resonates in its nature, businesses, and people. We are always looking for our next adventure whether that’s a new restaurant, hiking spot, or community of friends, we are down!

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