About the Board
People join our board of directors because they want young people to learn about the region’s most promising jobs. They serve as a liaison between public schools and the private sector, connecting employers who need local talent with teenagers who need opportunities.
Board members represent every major sector, including health care, manufacturing, energy, labor, construction, business, education and arts & communications. They guide the overall work of PWA, including recruiting new business partners and helping to organize the annual NW Youth Careers Expo.
Parkrose School District
The Refining Company
Oregon & Southern Idaho Laborers Employers Training Trust
Portland General Electric
Benson Polytechnic High School
The Partners Group
Roosevelt High School
Keli Van Holde
Oregon Health Care Association
North Clackamas School District
Portland State University
Oregon Health & Science University
Voices of the Board
Tania Sanchez of Portland State University
Career Advice: “Don’t let others determine what you are capable of achieving”
Something I learned in high school about work: "By working different jobs in high school, I learned what was important to me in a job - supportive colleagues, work that has a purpose, and that I needed to get some more training if I wanted to get paid a reasonable amount of money."
Natalie Miller of Apprenti
Career Advice: "Being on time, or even early, for an interview or a shift demonstrates enthusiasm for the work and your ability to be organized."
Scott Kleiner of Wieden+Kennedy
Career Advice: "Be kind to people. You’ll be amazed by the help and support you get from people you know."