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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.






  • Alison Arella
    Alison Arella
    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 President of EPOP, I hope to encourage future leaders to embrace both volunteerism and philanthropy.
  • Morgan Beltz
    Morgan Beltz
    Vice President
    As an Associate at Gallatin Public Affairs, I am focused on teamwork and collaboration within our Strategic Communications team. As Vice President of EPOP, I’d like to bring my collaborative skills to foster a community for young professionals to unite around common interests.
  • Julia Tierney
    Julia Tierney
    Education Chair
    As a financial planner at Vista Capital Partners, I strive to help clients achieve their goals. Similarly, through my work as the Education Committee Chair, I hope to help young professionals achieve their career goals by giving them opportunities to connect with established business leaders.
  • Chelsea Forcum & Kayla McCaul
    Chelsea Forcum & Kayla McCaul
    Networking Co-Chairs
    As owners of both CK Wedding & Event Design and Locally Sourced NW, we know the importance of being surrounded by like-minded people. Serving as co-chairs of EPOP’s Networking Committee, gives us the opportunity to bring young professionals together for Last Tuesday events in a fun and relaxed environment.

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 partner. This event is hosted on the last Tuesday of each month at 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 but encouraged.

EPOP Exclusive: EPOP Exclusive event series is geared toward connecting emerging professionals with established civic and business leaders in the Portland region. Exclusives occur three times a year and feature a moderated yet informal Q & A session with the featured guest or panel 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 is now accepting applications for its 2017-2018 nonprofit partners! (Deadline to apply is Monday, June 5, at 5 p.m.)

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. 


APPLY FOR 2017-2018:
Interested in applying? Click here to fill out the application. Deadline to apply is Friday, June 2, at 5 p.m. Questions? Contact

EPOP Board of Directors

EPOP is now accepting applications for its 2017-2018 board of directors! (Deadline to apply is Friday, June 2, at 5 p.m.)

EPOP is altering its board structure in the new year, beginning July 1, to provide greater opportunities for board members to grow. Rather than a small group of board members with three disparate committees, EPOP will now be governed by one board consisting of up to 12 emerging professionals, who have interests in civic engagement, coordinating and supporting events, and marketing. 

EPOP board members have an integral role in determining the events and overall functioning of the program. The board meets for one hour on the second Monday of each month. Board members are expected to volunteer between three and six hours each month, depending on the month and level of activities each board member engages in. There are also significant benefits to being a board member. 

  • Establishing a culture of volunteerism and highlighting the important work of nonprofits by identifying EPOP’s 11 annual nonprofit partners. 
    • These partners are showcased at EPOP Last Tuesday events each month. 
  • Recruiting and retaining emerging professional in Portland via civic and social opportunities.
    • This includes having a strong presence on social media and coordinating Last Tuesday events each month.
  • Developing opportunities for emerging professionals to sharpen their business skills and learn about various industries in the Portland area.
    • This is done through three Exclusive events held throughout the year that feature a panel of established professionals that can provide mentor advice to the audience. 


  • Development of leadership and organizational skills.
    • Exposure and networking opportunities with other emerging leaders.
  • Opportunity to serve as liaison to Portland Business Alliance board of directors.
    • One rep from EPOP board will attend Alliance board meeting quarterly to report on EPOP activities.
    • This person could be an elected position (President or VP) or it could be a nomination process within the EPOP board. This will be up to the EPOP board to decide.
  • Opportunity to attend Leadership Portland (your company must sponsor you at $2,950).
    • Must be an Alliance member.
    • Details on the processes of this will come soon.
  • Opportunity to attend EPOP Exclusive events free of charge (a $15-$25 value per event).
  • Opportunity to attend Alliance ShopTalk events free of charge ($10 value per event).
  • Opportunity to attend Alliance Business After Hours events free of charge ($20 value per event).
Interested in getting involved? You can help develop the future of EPOP with our new board structure. Click here to apply for the EPOP 2017-2018 board of directors. Deadline to apply is Friday, June 9, at 5 p.m. You must be employed at an Alliance-member company or be an EPOP member to serve on the board. Questions? Contact

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.

  • 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
  • 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


Level Up: Taking Your Business to the Next Level | Macadam Forbes, Inc., November 15, 2016
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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