The board of directors of the Portland Workforce Alliance elected two new officers and 11 new board members at its final meeting of the 2015-16 year.
On June 14, the board elected Jane Williams of Multnomah County as incoming president and Brooke Berglund of the Port of Portland as vice president. They join three other officers for the 2016-17 year: Natalie Miller of Lee Hecht Harrison as board president, Lori Mueller of Arnerich Massena as treasurer, and Gabby Riley of ZGF Architects as secretary.
Other members of PWA’s executive committee include Scott Kleiner of Wieden+Kennedy, who has served as board president this year, and past president JR Gustafson of Nike. Both continue to play critical leadership roles in PWA’s growth and direction. The executive committee performs a steering function for PWA, overseeing strategy, governance and finances.
“I am extremely enthusiastic about the leadership team,” said Miller. “They all have great volunteer tenure with PWA, with diverse talents and big hearts dedicated to this great work.”
Four members retired from the board in 2015-16: Corbett Gordon of Tonkon Torp, Penn McBain of Providence Health & Services, Brian Terrett of Legacy Health and Erica Meyers of Wilson High School. Each has helped build the organization and support career learning for students.
New board members from the world of K-12 and higher education include Andre Goodlow of Parkrose High School, Petra Callin of Madison High School, Dan Malone of Roosevelt High School and Chris Broderick of Portland State University.
New board members from the private sector or local government include Erik Weeman of Daimler, Jon Hersen of Legacy Health, Craig Wilcox of Wells Fargo Advisers, Marty O’Mara of Gunderson, Lori Boullet of Columbia Sportswear, Victoria Cross of Multnomah County and Sandy Banister of Portland General Electric.
The new board, says Miller, “is an incredible and committed group of individuals from across business industries & backgrounds, including school districts and schools.”
PWA is a volunteer-driven nonprofit with a small staff and an active board of directors. Board members represent many different employment sectors and career paths, and are united by a shared belief in helping Oregon’s schools and future workforce. They build partnerships between businesses and schools to provide career-learning opportunities for students.