Portland Metro Chamber Announces 2023-2024 Leadership Portland Cohort

July 2023

Leadership Portland broadens awareness on critical issues, builds civic leaders

Today, the Portland Metro Chamber announced the participants of its 2023-2024 Leadership Portland class. The 45 participants represent a cross section of unique, talented, and highly qualified professional leaders from Portland’s business and nonprofit communities.

“Leadership Program is a remarkable opportunity for professionals to deepen their understanding of our region and become catalysts for positive change,” said Kyle Baisch, SVP and Portland Market President at Oregon Pacific Bank, Leadership Portland Alumni Association Chair, and 2015 class participant. “We’re excited to welcome yet another fantastic cohort of professionals into the program this year. This is truly an amazing group of people.”

Leadership Portland is designed to immerse participants in the issues, challenges, and opportunities driving the future of the Rose City. The program’s curated syllabus is designed to increase awareness of how business, government and community sectors work together to achieve common goals, and to develop advanced skills in team management, critical and creative thinking, and problem-solving.

Each year, Leadership Portland participants are selected based on a set of criteria, including a demonstrated commitment to the community along with a wide variety of skills and interests. Since 2003, nearly 700 local professionals have participated in the Portland Metro Chamber Leadership Portland program.

2023-2024 Leadership Portland Participants

  • Andrea Bailey, EVP & Chief Revenue Officer, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Madeline Baron, Senior Project Manager, ECONorthwest
  • Meaghan Bradley-Bussell, Senior Associate, Becker Capital Management, Inc.
  • Michael Cavanaugh, Director for Community Engagement & Visitor Facing Services, Travel Portland
  • John Clarke, Partner, Miller Nash LLP
  • Eileen Collins, Director, Accessible Transportation Programs, TriMet
  • Whitney Eikmeier, Senior Corporate Relations Manager, American Cancer Society
  • Shannon Evers, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington
  • Meggie Finn, Director of Brand Strategy and Marketing, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Erik Gordon, Principal of Customer Success, Percipio Consulting Group
  • Ashley Hagg, Senior Account Manager, Gard Communications
  • Jack Hansen, Director of Sales & Marketing, Skamania Lodge
  • Joe Herrle, Vice President, Alternative Assets, Ferguson Wellman Capital Management
  • Alex Hill, Shareholder/Attorney, Bullivant Houser Bailey
  • Matthew Hughes, Counsel, Black Helterline LLP
  • Olivia Jobson, Associate Director, Graduate Recruitment, Oregon State University, College of Business
  • Kristine Juhola, Claims Assistant-CA Supervisor, SAIF Corporation
  • Evan Leadem, Associate Vice President & Chief of Staff, University of Portland
  • Eric Lukingbeal, Vice President, Corporate Banking, PNC Bank
  • Makenzie Marineau, Government Affairs and Regional Leadership Teams Coordinator, Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association
  • Bryan Marsh, Assistant General Manager, Amazon
  • Sommer Martin, Communications Director, Black Business Association of Oregon
  • Caitlin McCann, Marketing Manager, Lorentz Bruun Construction
  • Jackie McCloskey, Vice President, Commercial Lines Marketing, Brown & Brown
  • Moana Newman, Director of Advancement, Caldera Arts
  • Ashley Odil, Sr. Director of Events and Sponsorships, Portland Metro Chamber
  • Mica O’Ray, Manager, Advertising and Sales, Oregonian Media Group
  • Brian Peterson, Branch Manager, Umpqua Bank
  • Alison Pitt, Director of Development – Portland, University of Oregon
  • Breann Preston, Economic Research Consultant, Port of Portland
  • Jack Quinn, Vice President, State Affairs, Cambia Health Solutions
  • Matthew Reed, Chief Operating Officer, Sport Oregon
  • Jamie Reznick, Senior Manager – Business Assurance, Moss Adams LLP
  • Joseph Rogers, Director, Market Strategy & Development, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest
  • Collin Romer, Vice President of Communications, Portland Timbers and Thorns FC
  • Scott Rosenthal, Associate, Stoel Rives LLP
  • David Roy, Sr. Director of Communications, NW Natural
  • Morgan Schanski, Manager Consumer Foresight, adidas
  • Kelly Schmidt, Assistant Professor, George Fox University
  • Jamie Snook, Director of Major Projects, TriMet
  • Viviana Stewart, Director of Strategy Development and Delivery System Strategy, Kaiser Permanente
  • Leah Straley, Dean of Graduate Admissions, Willamette University,
  • Patrick Tran, Vice President of Philanthropy, Lan Su Chinese Garden
  • Khanh Tran, Oregon Government & Public Affairs Manager, Schnitzer Steel Industries
  • Jedidiah Womack, Vice-President/Senior Commercial Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo Bank

Click here to learn more about this year’s participants.

The Portland Metro Chamber Leadership Portland program is sponsored by the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University. “It is an honor to support this Leadership Portland, which once again will hosts an outstanding group of talented aspiring leaders,” says Örn Bodvarsson, Dean of Atkinson Graduate School. “This is truly a great program and its mission and structure captures the imperative of business, non-profit, and public sectors working together.”