Women We Admire is pleased to announce The Top 50 Women Leaders of Oregon for 2022. The lives and work of these women span a diverse range of fields including healthcare, finance, retail, education, and more. Their contributions are as diverse and vast as the state of Oregon itself. Known internationally for its offbeat and welcoming culture, Oregon is home to countless professional women who lead at the forefront of innovation and change.

Among this year’s awardees are Cheryl Pegus, Executive Vice President of Health and Wellness for Walmart, who is known for launching innovative healthcare products enabling organizations to capture and maintain market share; Stephanie Hallford, Vice President and General Manager at Intel Corporation, who has over two decades of global experience spanning business operations, sales, marketing, product management, and communications; and Anne Cherry, Chief of Strategy of Axiom Healthcare Strategies, who assists in bringing innovative science to patients and breaks down bottlenecks allowing cutting-edge treatments.

This group of dynamic leaders are critical to the organizations they serve and future women leaders. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 50 Women Leaders of Oregon for 2022.

 

1. Cheryl Pegus
EVP of Health and Wellness, Walmart

Cheryl Pegus is the Executive Vice President of Health and Wellness of Walmart. She first joined the company in 2020. Walmart is the world's largest company by revenue, with about US$570 billion in annual revenue, according to the Fortune Global 500 list in 2022. It is also the largest private employer in the world with 2.2 million employees. Walmart commits to serving customers in a changing retail environment, leveraging both associates and technology to make it happen.

Previously, Pegus was the president of consumer solutions and chief medical officer at Cambia Health Solutions. She has held roles as chief medical officer and head of product development for other national health systems and pharmacy retailers. She has a demonstrated track record of launching innovative healthcare products which enable organizations to capture and maintain market share. Pegus has held board member positions for private equity and public healthcare companies where she contributes to the development of strategic plans, business cases and operational buildouts for revenue targets. She is on the board of the American Heart Association and is the past-Chair of the Association of Black Cardiologists. She has been recognized as a leader in pragmatically addressing gaps in care and cost across underserved populations utilizing data-driven, innovative solutions to improve health and care fragmentation. Pegus received an MPH from Columbia University School of Public Health, an MD from Cornell University Medical College, and completed her internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at New York Hospital-Cornell.

 

2. Stephanie Hallford
VP & General Manager of Business Client Platforms, Intel Corporation

Stephanie Hallford is a Vice President in the Client Computing Group and General Manager of business client platforms (BCP) at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for Intel’s B2B client product group and its related revenue, sales, marketing, and engineering. This includes ownership of the Intel® vPro™ platform, Intel’s enterprise-grade “built for business” product line across desktop and mobile platforms. Hallford joined Intel in 2000 and has been committed to the company ever since.

An accomplished tech executive, Hallford has more than two decades of global experience spanning business operations, sales, marketing, product management, and communications. She has spent the bulk of her career in Asia, including multiple leadership roles in China and Hong Kong. Before relocating to the United States to assume her current role in 2018, Hallford led marketing and business operations for Intel’s Client Computing Group in China. Prior to moving back to Beijing in 2004, Hallford led the global campaign strategy to launch Intel® Centrino® mobile technology, a game changer in wireless mobility. Hallford earned an undergraduate degree in international affairs and humanities from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

 

5. Marcela Piñeros
Global Head of Sales Enablement, Stripe

Marcela Piñeros is the Global Head of Sales Enablement for Stripe. She first joined the company in 2021. Stripe is a financial infrastructure platform for businesses. Millions of companies, from the world’s largest enterprises to the most ambitious startups, use Stripe to accept payments, grow their revenue, and accelerate new business opportunities. It primarily offers payment processing software and application programming interfaces (APIs) for ecommerce websites and mobile applications. Headquartered in San Francisco and Dublin, the company aims to increase the GDP of the internet.

Piñeros has dedicated her enablement career to helping people become intentionally excellent at their job. Her passions include learning more every day and building teams of extraordinary humans who are out to change the world. With over 20 years of experience, she has led teams across academia, non-profit, public sector, start-up, and enterprise. She has driven award-winning strategic programs for clients such as Citigroup, Nissan, EMC2, Perry Ellis, Steve Madden, Microsoft, NASA, U.S. Department of Energy, Red Hat, Oracle, and CA Technologies. Piñeros earned an undergraduate degree in education, history, and women’s studies from Florida International University.

 

7. Amy Stark
General Manager - Oregon State Division, Tyler Technologies

Amy Stark is the General Manager of the Oregon State Division of Tyler Technologies. Tyler Technologies provides integrated software and technology services to the public sector. Tyler's end-to-end solutions empower local, state, and federal government entities to operate more efficiently and connect more transparently with their constituents and with each other. Since 2018, Ms. Stark has been responsible for managing Tyler's enterprise contract with the State of Oregon, overseeing the company's team of technology professionals, and ensuring quality outcomes for the government partnership—a position she's held since 2018.

Ms. Stark joined Tyler following Tyler's acquisition of NIC, Inc. in April 2021, where she spent a combined 18 years leading business operations and strategy in five separate States for the company. Ms. Stark is also the co-inventor of Tyler's Gov2Go™ product, a first-of-its kind personal assistant mobile application designed to enable government digital interactions around the unique needs and profiles of citizens. Ms. Stark was responsible for delivering an early version of Gov2Go™, which is now in production and assisted several partner States with their COVID prevention programs in 2021. Stark is an Oregon native and graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with an undergraduate degree in political science.

 

8. Tricia Hecht-Glad
First Vice President, Alliant Insurance Services

Tricia Hecht-Glad is a First Vice President of Alliant Insurance Services. She first joined the company in 2016. Alliant Insurance Services is among the largest and fastest growing insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the United States. Fueled by entrepreneurialism and driven by results, Alliant operates on the belief that more is possible and expectations are meant to be exceeded. Their clients and partners have profound confidence in them to deliver in all market climates through the design and delivery of innovative solutions and services across a broad range of industry verticals.

Hecht-Glad served as a president for Hecht Group prior to its merger with Alliant. In addition to her roles with the organization she is known for guest speaking engagements, giving hundreds of speeches on motivation, marketing, insurance trends, health care reform, eliminating expenses through transparent benefit programs and the dangers of not owning life insurance. She is an accomplished speaker giving her audience direct, comprehensive, and strategic solutions. Hecht-Glad graduated from Portland State University with an undergraduate degree in business administration and from Marylhurst University with an MBA specializing in finance.

 

11. Georgie Christensen-Riley
First Vice President, Christensen Group of Marcus & Millichap

Georgie Christensen-Riley is the First Vice President of the Christensen Group of Marcus & Millichap. She first joined the company in 2014 as senior apartment broker. Marcus & Millichap was founded in 1971 with the goal of being a new kind of company, one driven by long-term relationships and built on a culture of collaboration. Christensen-Riley is a top multi-family advisor focused on helping investors buy and sell in secondary and tertiary markets throughout Oregon and Washington. She assists clients with uniquely insightful information. Through leveraging Marcus & Millichap's national marketing platform, she provides investors with access to the industry’s largest inventory of deliverable commercial property as well as connects them to the largest pool of qualified private and institutional buyers and sellers.

Christensen-Riley specializes in secondary and tertiary markets and has closed apartment deals at record values throughout the Willamette Valley. She was Broker of the Year in 2019 and led the Portland office in list-to-close ratio. Historically, she has closed ninety-seven percent of her listings and has earned sellers an average of 103% list-to-close values. She has earned numerous accolades during her career with Marcus & Millichap including the National Achievement Award and continues to be a leader in the industry. Christensen-Riley graduated from Concordia University with a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing.

 

12. Warren Binford
Professor & Chair, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Warren Binford is an international children’s rights scholar and advocate whose research and writing largely focuses on 21st century forms of childhood harms. She has published a wide variety of 80+ works and given hundreds of presentations worldwide. Her media appearances on children’s issues include CNN, BBC, NBC, NPR, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and many others.

Professor Binford was selected both as a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa in 2012 and as the inaugural Fulbright Canada-Palix Foundation Distinguished Visiting Chair in Brain Science and Child and Family Health and Wellness at the University of Calgary in 2015, among numerous other awards and distinctions. She holds a BA, summa cum laude with distinction, in literature and psychology and an EdM in early childhood education from Boston University and a JD from Harvard Law School. In 2020, Professor Binford became the inaugural W.H. Lea Endowed Chair for Justice in Pediatric Law, Policy, and Ethics at the University of Colorado where she is a Professor of Pediatrics (tenured) and Professor of Law (by courtesy). Prior to joining the University of Colorado, she was a tenured Professor of Law and Director of the Clinical Law Program at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where she continues to live with her family.

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15. Anne Cherry
Chief of Strategy, Axiom Healthcare Strategies

Anne Cherry leads strategy for Axiom Healthcare Strategies, a think tank-style consulting firm focused in oncology and rare disease. Axiom collaborates with scientific pioneers to communicate medical breakthroughs to a wide audience and advises biotech and pharma companies developing new therapies for patients with cancer or rare diseases. In this role, Cherry provides strategic guidance to bring innovative science to patients and breaks down bottlenecks preventing patients from receiving cutting-edge treatments.

Cherry earned a PhD from Harvard University in biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology and was an engagement manager at ClearView Healthcare Partners before taking on her current role in 2018. Based in Portland, she works with biopharma clients across the west coast, northeast, and the EU.

 

19. Kerry Johnson
SVP of Corporate Reputation of ESG, MikeWorldWide

Kerry Johnson is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Reputation of ESG for MikeWorldWide. MWW is one of the world’s leading independent, integrated PR agencies with offices across the U.S. and U.K., and a global network of partners. Johnson creates and implements fully integrated communications programs for clients across multiple verticals, from Fortune 500 to start-ups. In her role, she develops corporate narratives and executive visibility programs to drive brand and executive awareness. Johnson has 22 years of experience. She began her career in 2000.

Before joining MWW, Johnson was a communications advisor at Emanate PR where she developed communications and program strategies for media and government engagement to support Bank of America's legacy asset servicing, small businesses, and card products lines of business. Before that, she was an account manager at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. Earlier in her career she worked with Lane County Transit District as a communications coordinator. Johnson graduated from the University of Oregon with an undergraduate degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations.

 

22. Wendy Strgar
Founder & CEO, Good Clean Love

Wendy Strgar is an award-winning entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Good Clean Love, a pioneer in the organic personal care product industry. Strgar started Good Clean Love in 2003 after hearing from many women about, and experiencing for herself, the painful side effects of using petrochemical-based hygiene and intimacy products. Good Clean Love products are sold internationally and endorsed by physicians nationwide for their safe and nontoxic ingredients. As a woman-owned B corporation, Good Clean Love prides itself on providing the most scientifically advanced personal care products with patented Bio-Match®technology designed by leading scientists. An independent scientific study found Good Clean Love’s line of personal lubricant to be one of the safest products of its class.
Today, Strgar’s products are distributed in more than 50,000 stores across the United States and Canada. As a leading sexual wellness brand, Good Clean Love products are found in top retailers such as Target, CVS, Walmart, Kroger, Whole Foods Market, Walgreens and more. Its best-selling SKU is the #1 organic personal lubricant on the market today. In addition to serving as Good Clean Love’s CEO, Strgar is a popular blogger, host of the renowned Dear Sex Podcast and author of two books. A sexual health educator and loveologist, Strgar is the featured writer at the award-winning blog, Making Love Sustainable. Her writing has been featured on Eco Salon, Care2, The Huffington Post and Elephant Journal, among many others. Strgar’s mission in life is to increase the quality and quantity of healthy, loving, relationships in the world. Married for over 34 years, her daily life has always been the laboratory for her loveology work.

 

26. JoAnna Abrams
Founder & CEO, MindClick

JoAnna Abrams is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MindClick. She is an award-winning leader, entrepreneur, business strategist, and innovator with a deep passion for using the power of big data analytics to drive brand equity and move beyond the status quo. That passion inspires MindClick, an environmental health product intelligence company committed to empowering suppliers and their customers’ marketing, design, sustainability, and supply chain teams with easy-to-understand, easy-to-use insights and knowledge needed to meet global demand for healthier products and healthier environments. Abrams leads MindClick’s long-term strategic direction and vision for advancing the circular economy and driving brand equity through the expansion of MindClick’s Environmental Health (EH) Index™, a fast-growing cloud-based platform that features easy-to-use ‘good, better, best’ ratings of suppliers and products from nearly 500 manufacturers worldwide based on the existence of socially and environmentally responsible practices throughout the product lifecycle. Under her leadership, the company is successfully driving transparency and innovation across top global brands, including Marriott International and the largest healthcare industry leaders, that enables them to both deliver on the social and environmental commitments they make to their consumers, customers, employees and investors, as well as to simply buy better and produce better products.

Prior to MindClick, Abrams gained a unique perspective to the critical issues surrounding sustainability in the business world. She brings a combination of more than 10 years of sustainability experience, a background in finance that dates back to the start of her career at Accenture (formerly Arthur Anderson) and 20 years of experience in brand management, market research, usability testing, and new product development for the most recognized consumer products brands, including Nestle, Pepsi-Co, Toyota, Warner Brothers, and Wolfgang Puck. Abrams earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in finance from University of Illinois.

 

28. Tanya Urbach
Head of Family Office Services, Eagle Bay Advisors

Tanya Urbach is the Head of Family Office Services of Eagle Bay Advisors. Eagle Bay Advisors is a family office headquartered at 7 World Trade Center. They inspire individuals, families, and institutions across the globe to make smarter decisions about their financial matters. Urbach is a litigator with an emphasis in financial institution defense and litigation.

During her time in private practice, Urbach defended broker-dealers, investment advisers, registered representatives, and other securities professionals in a wide variety of civil disputes, regulatory inquiries and enforcement matters, arising out of and relating to violations of state and federal securities laws, violations of rules of regulatory and self-regulatory organizations and financial fraud. She has substantial and diversified securities industry experience having previously served as general counsel to Paulson Investment Company, LLC. As the former Deputy Commissioner of Securities for the State of Vermont, Urbach prosecuted regulatory investigations into securities fraud. As Vermont's securities regulator, she was also responsible for the state's investor education initiatives, registration of securities, licensing of securities firms and their representatives and overseeing the broker-dealer and investment adviser examination process. Additionally, Urbach proposed and prosecuted through the house and senate the New Uniform Securities Act, which Vermont ultimately enacted. During her time as a regulator, Urbach was also a member of the board of directors and on the broker-dealer section of the North American Securities Administrators Association. She is an adjunct professor at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College where she teaches Securities Regulation. Urbach graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School with a JD and from the University of Oregon with an undergraduate degree in Chinese.

 

33. Ivo Lukas
Founder & CEO, 24Notion

Ivo Lukas is an entrepreneur and angel investor with a track record in building successful businesses. Currently, Ivo is the CEO and Founder of 24Notion. 24Notion is the first integrated marketing/digital PR & lifestyle agency with a special emphasis on giving back to the global communities. With a broad understanding of the art of non-traditional marketing, new media, communications, and social influence, 24Notion ranked No.14 in Corporate Philanthropy - CSR, nominated by Business Journal Book of List.

As a leader in the entrepreneurship community, Ivo is an advocate and sits on the board of many profit/non-profit organizations that encourage the empowerment of next-generation leaders and women in technology. Ivo is passionate about leading, nurturing, and mentoring the next generation, especially young girls interested in technology. She is an advocate working to encourage and improve the lives of young girls, helping them gain an entrepreneurial spirit and leadership skills. A philanthropist by heart, Ivo was asked to lead and speak at the U.S. Department of State on empowering women in the Middle East and North Africa through technology-TechGirls. She won several awards including Female 2.0 Founder of the Year, Innovative Philanthropist, Women of Influence, Huffington Post - Female Empowerment of “Passionistas”, PBJ Innovative Philanthropy Award, and “40 Under 40” by the Portland Business Journal. Most recently, the International Stevie awards recognized Ivo for “International Entrepreneur of the Year”.

 

37. Phani Vadali
Director of Technology, Intel Corporation

Phani Vadali is an established Technical Entrepreneur, Executive and Leader who brings two decades of experience scaling growth for numerous Fortune 500 and startup companies including Intel, Nationwide, Exterro and Healthsparq. Phani is a Director of Technology with Intel Corporation. She first joined the company in 2016 as a Senior Cloud Solutions Architect for the Artificial Intelligence & Analytics Group. Intel’s mission is to shape the future of technology to help create a better future for the entire world. By pushing forward in fields like AI, analytics, and cloud-to-edge technology, Intel’s work is at the heart of countless innovations. As one of the company’s Directors of Technology, Phani made the move to the Intel Sports division, where she moved their content production into the cloud. She created a groundbreaking technology for the media industry to run their Cloud Operations.

Phani has spent the last few years, and continues to, on her personal goal to raise the technical bar for female-founded companies and startups. She has identified areas where most of these startups struggle and has been advising multiple companies to improve their overall technical roadmap and the engineering culture, thereby leading them to raise significant capital and scale. Phani is very passionate about bridging the funding gap between female founders and their peers. Her goal is to raise the next generation of female technical leaders. She does this by mentoring employees at Intel, and students through coding boot camps. Throughout her career, she has built an inclusive culture in her teams and fosters growth among underrepresented minority groups.

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39. Judy Ducsik
Executive Director of Providence Oregon Heart Institute, Providence

Judy Ducsik is the Executive Director of Providence Oregon Heart Institute of Providence. Every day, 119,000 compassionate caregivers serve patients and communities through Providence St. Joseph Health, a national, Catholic, not-for-profit health system, driven by a belief that health is a human right. Ducsik has served in the healthcare field for over 20 years.

Ducsik started her career as a nuclear medicine technologist and quickly worked her way through the leadership ranks. As a healthcare executive, Ducsik has overseen operations and strategic development of heart and vascular programs in Texas, Alaska, Washington, and the West Coast. Her expertise and passion involve leading complex matrixed teams through divergent change management to achieve their goals and aspirations. Through the spirit of transformation, high energy, and competitive nature, her leadership has fostered success in improving quality, process efficiencies, population health strategies, physician recruitment, establishing governance, integration of care networks, and program financial sustainability. Ducsik graduated from the University of Incarnate Word with an undergraduate degree in nuclear medicine. Additionally, she holds an MBA with a concentration in healthcare management. Ducsik is currently in pursuit of a doctorate in business administration from Walden University.

 

40. Karina Nakayama
Co-Director & Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University

Karina Nakayama is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and the Co-Director of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program. The Nakayama Lab develops regenerative and immunomodulatory biomaterials to enhance engineered vasculature, muscle, and bone to develop therapies for cardiovascular diseases and traumatic musculoskeletal injuries. They approach these engineering challenges using biomaterial spatial patterning and immunomodulation combined with insights gained through rehabilitation exercise.

Prior to OHSU, Dr. Nakayama received her PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of California, Davis with her dissertation work aimed at developing regenerative therapies for congenital kidney diseases using decellularized kidney matrices and directed differentiation of stem cells towards renal lineages. She performed her postdoctoral work at Stanford University in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery working towards enhancing angiogenesis in ischemic limbs and engineering atheroprotective vascular grafts and myocardial tissues through the manipulation of spatial and mechanical properties.

 

42. Shipra Kamra
Director of People Operations, RFPIO

Shipra Kamra is Director of People Operations at RFPIO. She brings over 15 years of experience in human resources and has worked in Nike, Target, CDK Global, and other technology organizations. Her expertise lies in partnering with businesses to transform organization and people strategy, talent management, and leadership development.

Shipra was born and raised in India. She holds an undergraduate degree in computer applications from MD University, India and an MBA from MSRIM College, Bangalore. As an HR leader, diversity & inclusion is a top priority for her and she believes in providing equal opportunities to all. She is passionate about giving back and has volunteered for the community in many different ways. Shipra also serves on the board for a non-profit "Lions Vision Gift". Her experience having worked as an HR leader in different geographies and countries, makes leadership her unique and valuable.

 

43. Melanie Mitchell
Director of Executive & Professional Education, Oregon State University

Melanie Mitchell serves as the Director of Executive and Professional Education for the College of Business at Oregon State University. With nearly 15 years of experience in higher education, Mitchell's expertise spans across corporate training, strategic partnership development, marketing & enrollment management, online student retention, instructional design, and research & evaluation. Mitchell works to connect the world’s brightest minds with the world’s greatest companies, sparking innovation and change through collaboration. She currently oversees the noncredit professional development programming, business development and corporate education as part of OSU’s Business Engagement Center, which is the pathway to connect dynamic organizations with remarkable talent and resources. The OSU Business Engagement Center inspires successful collaboration and acts as a catalyst to create meaningful, invaluable partnerships.

Prior to joining Oregon State University, Mitchell served in various roles with the University of California, Irvine including director and corporate accounts manager. She graduated from the University of Oregon with an undergraduate degree in educational foundations and from Chapman University with an MA in special education and teaching.

 

46. Karen Rush
Executive Director, Children's Center

After a 20-year career as a public-school principal and administrator, Dr. Karen Rush brings her deep knowledge of child-centered, trauma-informed practices to her role as Executive Director of Children's Center. Her passion for the well-being of children drives her vision for elevating our services for children and families when there are concerns for abuse and neglect. Rush is especially interested in supporting staff and building infrastructure to mitigate vicarious trauma in those working to make sure all kids feel safe, valued, and heard.

Dr. Rush began her career at Minnesota’s Early Childhood Research Institute directing studies on prenatal exposure to drugs/alcohol, and inclusion of students with disabilities. Along the way she has also designed therapeutic programs in clinical and school psychology settings, served as an Assistant Professor of Education at University of Oregon and helped children thrive in the public school setting. After several years of various leadership positions at elementary schools and at the district office in North Clackamas School District, Rush was excited to enter the nonprofit sector and work with community-based organizations to support children and families. Wherever she has served, she has worked to bring about organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion. Rush graduated summa cum laude from University of Minnesota with a BA in child psychology and holds both a master’s and a PhD in education psychology.

 

47. Sarah Iannarone
Executive Director, The Street Trust

Sarah Iannarone is Executive Director of The Street Trust where she steers the evolution and impact of Oregon’s leading active transportation advocacy non-profit and political action committee. She works at the literal intersections of an ongoing transportation and climate crisis and is passionate about winning policies and major investments that save lives, reduce barriers, and expand opportunities to the people and neighborhoods our current system neglects. She’s currently advising development of regional congestion pricing for the Portland Metro Region and the Oregon Transportation Plan update, which will shape Oregon's transportation system through the year 2050.

Iannarone’s success at The Street Trust has been shaped by the practical knowledge she gained running a cutting-edge campaign for Portland Mayor in 2020. The first publicly financed mayoral candidate in city history, her focus was the well-being of everyday Portlanders, especially the most vulnerable. Despite being grassroots insurgents when COVID struck, her team came within four points of winning (41%, 147K votes) against the largely self-funded and super PAC-backed incumbent. Her campaign garnered national attention and was endorsed by leading progressives including Senator Bernie Sanders, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, and Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson, among others. Iannarone’s diverse work experience, academic training, and leadership skills were developed at Portland State University, where she spent nearly a decade developing and managing an award-winning, international policy and best practices exchange program, First Stop Portland, while working toward a PhD in urban studies and planning. She has lectured on the topic including Brazil, China, Korea, and Canada. Closer to home, she opened and successfully operated the Arleta Library Cafe and founded the Arleta Triangle Project, a community-led placemaking effort to improve neighborhood safety and vitality.

 

48. Nicole Roberts
Compliance & Operations Manager, Jasper Mountain

Nicole Roberts is the Compliance and Operations Manager for Jasper Mountain, a psychiatric, residential, behavioral health organization that works with severely abused and traumatized children ages 4-12. She stands firmly behind the belief that if you can direct your passion towards your career, you’ll never “work” a day in your life. She is motivated and driven by her passion for helping others.

Over the course of her 24-year career, Roberts has been able to make a positive impact with many organizations and has been recognized for her creative ability to turn sales around in multiple organizations, most notably increasing sales by over 300% within a three-year period for one employer. In addition, Roberts achieved “Branch of the Month” at a store multiple times, for highest percentage of sales over goal in the Pacific Northwest region, an achievement that was a first for her particular store. Roberts was brought on by Goodwill to create and implement a new employee training and development program, which encompassed over 500 employees in two states, and was hugely successful. She has a proven track record of building trust very quickly and rallying both managers and employees around changes that create a more positive, productive work environment, while also creating an air of empowerment and inclusion. In 2018, Nicole was awarded the Alpha Beta Kappa honors award for her dedication, personal integrity, and excellence.

 

50. Marcy Bradley
VP for Equity and Culture, The Oregon Community Foundation

Marcy Bradley is the Vice President for Equity and Culture of The Oregon Community Foundation. Governed by a volunteer board of directors, The Oregon Community Foundation manages more than 3,000 individual funds of various sizes. The volunteer leaders provide leadership to the Foundation and have the responsibility to ensure that the endowment is managed in an efficient, thoughtful way. From these funds, grants are distributed to support the critical work that nonprofit organizations are doing around Oregon. OCF's endowment comes from thousands of Oregonians who have invested with the org to help the state. Its professional staff helps donors realize their charitable goals and nonprofit organizations become stronger. Bradley has 28 years of experience. She began her career in 1994.

Before joining The Oregon Community Foundation, Bradley was an executive director at Elevate Oregon and before that, an executive director at Self Enhancement, Inc. Bradley graduated from Boston University with a master’s in education and from the University of Maryland Global Campus with an undergraduate degree in English.

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