Portland Business Alliance announces 2020 Leadership Portland class

Portland Business Alliance announces 2020 Leadership Portland class

Program broadens awareness on critical issues, gives back to local organizations

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, the Portland Business Alliance announced the 2020 class for its Leadership Portland program. This class of 38 participants is the most diverse to date, representing a cross section of uniquely talented and highly qualified leaders from the region’s private enterprise and nonprofit community.

Since 2003, Leadership Portland has broadened the perspectives of leaders on the most critical issues facing our region while providing support and resources to important local organizations through annual Impact Projects. 

During the nine-month program, participants develop an increased awareness of how business, government and community sectors work together to achieve common goals, as well as advanced skills in team management, critical and creative thinking, and problem-solving. 

“We are growing the next generation of leaders for Portland in this program and I am excited to welcome our most diverse class yet,” said Mari Watanabe, senior director, Leadership Programs at the Portland Business Alliance. “Professionals from all walks of life should be offered opportunities to take their leadership to the next level, and Leadership Portland offers an incredible place to do just that.”

Leadership Portland is proud to welcome the class of 2020:

Tarun Gudz, representing Advantis Credit Union
Linda Zhang, Bank of America
Steve Miller, Brown & Brown Insurance NW
Leslie Constans, Cambia Health Solutions
Hannah Macfarlane, Catholic Charities
Britain Redline, CH Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Marykay West, Colliers International
Ajnesh Prasad, Columbia Bank
Brittany Bagent, Columbia River Economic Development Council
Jason Hagen, Concordia University
Allison Condra, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Joe Enlet, Federated States of Micronesia Consulate
Timothy Carkin, Ferguson Wellman Capital Management
Jennifer Sitton, Hubbell Communications
Eric Turner, JLL
Soraia Betrous, KeyBank
Max Forer, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn 
Karis Stoudamire-Phillips, Moda Health
Nina Carlson, NW Natural
Brandon McCladdie, Oregon State University Foundation
Wanda Frazier, Pacific University
Chris Wilson, Peregrine Sports (Portland Timbers & Thorns FC)
Nathan Morales, Perkins Coie LLP
Josie Henderson, Portland Business Alliance
Andrew Speer, Portland General Electric
Melanie Erdmann, Portland General Electric
Kristin Wood, Skamania Lodge
Brianne Bridegum, Stoel Rives LLP
Elizabeth Litzenberger Van Rossen, Swinerton
David Thiessen, Swire Coca-Cola
Sean Sterling, Oregonian Media Group
Shannon Diede, The Portland Clinic
Sarah Einowski, Tonkon Torp LLP
Jon Little, U.S. Bank
Alexander Geschke, U.S. Bank
Jonathan Gannon, Vista Capital Partners 
Will Fruhwirth, Willamette University MBA

Leadership Portland participants are selected based on a set of criteria, including a demonstrated commitment to the community, and a wide variety of skills and interests. 

Portland Business Alliance
The Portland Business Alliance is greater Portland’s chamber of commerce. With nearly 1,900 members, the Alliance strives to promote and foster an environment in the Portland region that attracts, supports and retains private-sector jobs, spurs economic vitality and enables quality educational opportunities for the region's residents. Learn more at PortlandAlliance.com.