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January 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
ALF Oregon Women's Leadership Group January 21st - 12 to 1:30pm Join Pam Knowles (Class XXII) and Mary Moerlins (Class XXXIII) in the ALF Oregon Women's Group. The focus will be on issues and topics that are most relevant to female
January 28, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
BIPOC Fellows and Senior Fellows Virtual Check In (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Thursday, January 28th @ 4PM via Zoom We invite Fellows and Senior Fellows that identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color to join our
February 2, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
ALF Oregon Virtual Check Ins Next meeting: Tuesday February 2nd, 5:30-6:30pm via Zoom Join Fellows and Senior Fellows across classes and across Oregon for check-ins during this compounded and difficult time. Option to join by Zoom
February 5, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
ALF Oregon LGBTQ+ Social Hour Now the First Fridays of Each Month, 12noon - 1pm via Zoom Join with other self-identified LGBTQ+ ALF Fellows and Senior Fellows as we look forward at how we are making an impact on the lives of LGBTQ+
February 11, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
What Now, What Then: Lessons from 2020 About Foundations' Role in Building Community Resilience Thursday, February 11, 2021 Noon-1:30PM via Zoom Given recent events (pandemic, continued racial injustice, climate change, etc.), how are

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Executive Director | Lisa Watson, Class 30

Since the July 3rd announcement of the board’s plan to focus this year on senior fellow engagement rather than produce another cohort during a leadership transition, the response has been overwhelmingly positive and affirming. You’ve really stepped up in big and small ways as donors, volunteers, advisors and champions - just as we would expect from LEADERS among the ALF network.   

At the time of our announcement we fully intended to name an Interim Executive Director and start a search for new leadership this fall. However, an opportunity to secure an amazing leader from within the Senior Fellow Network presented itself and we would be crazy to let her get away. I’m thrilled to announce that the Board of Directors has selected Lisa Watson, class 30, to be ALFO’s next Executive Director! 

Lisa is a recognized community leader with relationships both in and outside the Senior Fellow Network that will be key to advancing our goal of strengthening and leveraging the network to meet the numerous challenges facing Oregon now and in the future.

Lisa grew up in Salem and has a broad range of professional and volunteer leadership experience in addition to being a champion of equity and inclusion policies and practices. She was a successful small business entrepreneur for 10 years as founder and owner of Cupcake Jones Bakery, was Director of Development at Latino Network and most recently Deputy Director at Our House. Her board leadership includes President of the City Club of Portland, Travel Portland and the Oregon Health Authority’s Statewide Policy Board. Like many of us, Lisa’s ALF experience was transformational personally and professionally, and was the catalyst for her to reconnect with her Native American heritage.

Lisa’s official start date will be August 5th but don’t be surprised if you hear from her sooner. You’ll also get an opportunity to meet Lisa at the various Senior Fellow Town Halls currently being organized and of course at REUNION on September 14th.  Don’t wait to get your tickets and tables organized!  We have much to celebrate AND work to do in Oregon so let’s get to it!

Onward -


Stephanie Hooper

ALFO Board Chair

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