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Senior Fellows in the News

March 1st, 2019 
The MRG Foundation is pleased to announce that, after a national search, Se-ah-dom Edmo, Class 31, has been hired to serve as Executive Director, effective December 10, 2018.

MRG supports grassroots racial and social justice work throughout Oregon. Since its founding in 1976, MRG has provided over $17 million in grants to more than 1,400 groups engaged in community organizing and building power to advance justice.

Ms. Edmo will be succeeding Cliff Jones and Kelley Weigel, who have served as Interim Executive Director and Interim Deputy Director, respectively, since March. Mr. Jones shared, “Se-ah-dom is a critical thinker, accomplished activist, inclusive leader and visionary story teller. She will center MRG’s staff and board, justice activists, grantees, donors and other stakeholders in a collective drive towards racial and social justice. I am inspired by her presence.”

Ms. Edmo brings deep experience in community organizing and racial and social justice work across the region. She is a published author, engaged scholar and program designer with over 12 years of experience in creating, implementing and evaluating over $2.6 million dollars in program activities related to tribes and empowering underrepresented groups in the fields of education, medicine, science and public policy.

Ms. Edmo’s ancestors are from Celilo, a fishing village along the Columbia River and one of the oldest known settlements in the West. She lives in Portland with her husband, James, and their children, Siale, Imasees and Miyosiwin.

Carly Hare, National Director of CHANGE Philanthropy and Board Chair of the Common Counsel Foundation, highlights that “MRG is modeling its values with the appointment of Se-ah-dom Edmo, not only prioritizing leadership of an activist and justice advocate but also the selection of an Indigenous woman to this role. According to the Council of Foundations’ The State of Change: An Analysis of Women and People of Color in the Philanthropic Sector report: ‘In 2015, individuals with American Indian or Alaskan Native heritage constituted . . . 06 percent of executive positions.’ While this data point is frustratingly low, it lacks the nuance that the number of Native/Indigenous women running non-Native or mainstream foundations can be counted on one hand. The selection of Se-ah-dom Edmo is a progressive step to centering equity in philanthropy.”

https://www.mrgfoundation.org/welcome-se-ah-dom-edmo-executive-director/

SFname : Se-ah-dom Edmo
Class number : I
E-Mail : seahdom@mrgf.org

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