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Young Professionals [EPOP]

Emerging Professionals of Portland

About EPOP

The Portland Business Alliance's Emerging Professionals of Portland (EPOP) program is the place where young professionals in Portland can prosper and grow in their careers, build a peer network and get exposure to business leaders. EPOP brings together the Alliance's EMERGE program and the Young Professionals of Portland.

EPOP offers programming focused on education and professional development, civic engagement and networking.





  • Chris Hammond
    Chris Hammond
    I expect to foster creativity, growth and collaboration among young professionals in Portland. Through opportunities that involve networking, education and giving back, EPOP contributes to a thriving, resilient community of emerging leaders in the region.
  • Alison Arella
    Alison Arella
    Vice President
    Working in Corporate Social Responsibility for Cambia Health Solutions, I am focused on bringing the nonprofit and corporate sectors closer together by promoting the principle that doing good can equal good business. As Vice President of EPOP, I hope to encourage future leaders to embrace both and volunteerism and philanthropy.
  • Josh Frickle
    Josh Frickle
    Education Chair
    Working as an Account Executive for Oregonian Media Group I interact with local business leaders daily. My goal is to give our members the same opportunity. Our EPOP Exclusive events are a chance to listen, learn, network from Portland’s established leaders. 
  • David Carroll
    David Carroll
    Marketing Chair
    As Marketing Chair for EPOP and Director of Recruitment for Willamette University’s MBA for Professionals, I understand the value of connecting emerging professionals. The ability to grow through professional development opportunities will help launch and prepare young professionals to be successful leaders.
  • Havilah Etter
    Havilah Etter
    Civic Chair
    Working in brokerage for Cushman and Wakefield of Oregon, my main goal is to foster client relationships through the representation of landlords of tenants. Likewise, in my role as the Civic Committee Chair, I hope to grow relationships between EPOP and the greater Portland nonprofit community.
  • Sam Newman
    Sam Newman
    Sponsorship Chair
    As a recruiter for Staffing Solutions LLC, I’m constantly amazed at the capacity for growth and development that both companies and employees are capable of when motivation meets opportunity. I hope to building on that principle by creating and maintaining partnerships with corporate and nonprofit leaders in our community.

EPOP Events & Programs

EPOP Last Tuesday: EPOP Last Tuesday is the place to network with like-minded young professionals in Portland while offering an opportunity to get civically engaged by meeting our featured monthly nonprofit. This event is hosted on the last Tuesday of each month by a different venue, features a no-host bar, complimentary appetizers and a door prize. There is no charge to attend and pre-registration is not required.

EPOP Exclusive: The EPOP Exclusive event series is geared toward connecting emerging civic and business leaders with established civic and business leaders in the Portland region. EPOP Exclusives feature a moderated yet informal Q & A session with the featured guest as well as an opportunity to network with like-minded young professionals.  Complimentary appetizers and drinks are provided. The event is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. 

EPOP Engage: EPOP Engage events consist of volunteer activities with different Portland-metro nonprofit organizations. The events are held at various times of the day and usually last about three hours. 

EPOP Nonprofit Partners

EPOP partners will 11 nonprofits each year to showcase the great work they do in the community and encourage young professionals to get civically involved. Each partner is featured at a Last Tuesday networking event and all nonprofit partners come together for EPOP's End of the Year Last Tuesday in June. 

2016-17 Nonprofit Partners:

  • Community Warehouse (July)
  • Self Enhancement Inc. (August)
  • The Giving Tree Northwest (September)
  • CASA for Children of Multnomah, Washington, and Columbia Counties (October)
  • LifeWorks NW (November)
  • Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (December)
  • Oregon Food Bank (January)
  • KairosPDX (February)
  • Green Empowerment (March)
  • NAMI Oregon (April)
  • Kinship House (May)

EPOP Committees

EPOP is currently looking for motivated individuals interested in our Education and Networking Committees, as well as help with marketing and social media. If you have, or would like to grow, skills like event planning, social media marketing and connect with leaders in differenent industries though a volunteer capacity please contact

Interested in getting involved? You can help develop and plan our programs through participating in a committee.
  • Education Committee: Develop opportunities for emerging professionals looking to sharpen business skills through workshops, lectures, mentorship opportunities, guest speakers, and peer connections.
  • Civic Committee: By establishing a culture of volunteerism and highlighting the importance of nonprofit efforts in our community, EPOP’s Civic Committee seeks to strengthen the alliance between good business and doing good. The committee will identify EPOP’s annual nonprofit partners as well as promote and encourage civic engagement for young professionals in Portland.
  • Networking/Social Committee: Recruits, retains and engages emerging professionals in Portland via networking and social opportunities.
Click here to apply for an EPOP committee. You must be employed at an Alliance-member company or be an EPOP member to serve on a committee.

EPOP Membership

If your company is not already a member of the Portland Business Alliance, you can join as an individual for $75/year.  Join now.

Membership Benefits:
  • Participation in EPOP committees for the EPOP member
  • Member pricing at EPOP events, Portland Business Alliance's Business After Hours, ShopTalk and Green Hour
  • Free admittance to EPOP member's committee events
  • Listing as committee member on EPOP webpage
  • Sponsorship opportunities with EPOP
Membership Qualifications/Requirements:
  • 40 years or younger OR 
  • Have worked in your profession for five years or less
  • EPOP member will introduce an Alliance Account Executive to their company decision-maker regarding Alliance membership for their company
  • Individuals are eligible for this membership for a maximum of five years
  • Individuals are only eligible for this membership if their company is not a current or previous Alliance member
Please email for more information.

The following is a list of news and events geared toward young professionals in the Portland-metro area. If you'd like to submit a listing for this page, please contact


Volunteer opportunity at Classic Wines Auction | New Avenues for Youth, March 5, 2016
University Club Prospective Member Mixer | University Club, November 19, 2015
Urban League Young Professionals Mixer | Urban League of Portland, September 24, 2015
Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid | Idealist, September 8, 2015

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