Introductions: PWA welcomes new board members

June 11, 2024  -- Portland Workforce Alliance elected four new board members today for 2024-25. We are excited to welcome Finnian, Morgan,  Nina and Paul to the PWA team! Here are some short introductions where they describe why they are joining us.

See our full board of directors here and look out for more information on our new board members soon.

Finnian McNeff

Portland Timbers

The youth in our community are a large and under-utilized pool of talent. I want to help create more pathways and more awareness around pathways to connect our talented youth to careers that will help them build productive and rewarding lives.

Morgan Batts


I'm passionate about creating access, exposure, mentorship and space for high school students. I also really love what PWA does for their students (Careers Expo, Creative Careers Day, etc) and would love to support in any way that I can!

Nina Lasswell 


I am extremely passionate about getting more women into STEM fields and that starts with education, and also believe in being an active member of my community. … I am extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity to be part of this group and make a difference.

Paul Balmer

Tonkon Torp

There is a lot of handwringing right now about the Portland community and tomorrow's economy. The best way to address those challenges is by investing in our students and helping them find exciting opportunities and build careers. Plus, I love working with high school students!

Introductions: Welcome to new PWA board members!