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.
City of Portland - Bureau of Human Resources
Parkrose High School
Daimler Trucks North America
Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute
Portland General Electric
Grant High School
Portland State University
Wells Fargo Advisors
Roosevelt High School
The Partners Group
Madison High School
Quotes from the Board
Natalie Miller of LHH
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."
Gabby Riley of ZGF Architects
Most memorable job as a teenager: "Burger King! I’d like to think I was the best and fastest cashier in town. It taught me responsibility, team work and respect."
JR Gustafson, Retired from Nike
Career Advice: Bring positive energy, optimism and enthusiasm to every task.
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."