Welcome to the team...



Welcome to the team...

Welcoming new members to the Alliance team and congratulating those who are growing within.

The Portland Business Alliance has experienced a lot of exciting changes over the past few weeks – from a new home at the World Trade Center and new team members, to staff promotions and opportunities to join the team!

We are excited to welcome three new faces to the Alliance –Dorothy Chongkit, Hillary Patterson and Ashleen McGirk.

Dorothy joins the team as an administrative assistant for Partners in Diversity, providing administrative support to the Executive Director and Program Director. Prior to joining the team, Dorothy worked for several MNCs managing marketing programs.

Ashleen joins us as the administrative assistant for membership services at the Portland Business Alliance and Downtown Portland Clean & Safe. She recently moved to Portland from Salt Lake City, where she worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Women’s Business Center of Utah to increase visibility of entrepreneurial services to women in the state.

Hillary joined the Portland Business Alliance in a new role, as director of leadership programs. In this new position, she oversees our development programs, including Leadership Portland, the Leadership Portland Alumni Association and Public Service Training.

A big thank you and congratulations to Mari Watanabe, who previously managed Leadership Portland and was instrumental in building the program into what it is today. Mari now serves as the full-time executive director of Partners in Diversity, an affiliate of the Portland Business Alliance through our Charitable Institute, and a leading nonprofit in the region doing exceptional work for professionals of color.

We are also excited to share the promotions of two of our own – Nancy Marquay and Amy Lewin.

Nancy now serves as our senior director of strategic partnerships, where she oversees and supports the work of our membership and events teams.

Amy now serves as our vice president of strategic communications, where she guides our communications team – which is also growing!

Want to join the team as our Coordinator of Marketing & Communications?