Executive Board

Matt Hanson
Fortis Construction

Vice President
Cole Whitehurst
Multnomah County

Past President
Samantha Jordan
Emerick Construction



Jarryd Briggs
Umpqua Bank

Anna Yates

Scott Kleiner


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.


Amanda Sayler
Gunderson Marine

Andre Goodlow
Parkrose School District 

Anne Percival
Legacy Health

Breanna Jackson
The Refining Company

Brenda Neri-Wong
Oregon & Southern Idaho Laborers Employers Training Trust 

Brooke Brownlee
Portland General Electric

Chris Morehead
Tonkon Torp

Courtney Wright

Dan Malone
Benson Polytechnic High School

Ebony Lawrence
Kaiser Permanente

Erin Grodem
R+H Construction

Gabriela Patino

Committee Members

Voices of the Board

Tania Sanchez of Portland State University 

Career Advice:Don’t let others determine what you are capable of achieving”


KD Parman of Roosevelt High School

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."