Portland Business Alliance announces 2022-23 Leadership Portland class

Portland Business Alliance announces 2022-23 Leadership Portland class

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

Today, the Portland Business Alliance announced the participants of its 2022-23 Leadership Portland class. The 45 participants represent a cross section of unique, talented and highly qualified professional leaders from Portland’s business and nonprofit communities. 

“Leadership Portland is a dynamic program offered by the Portland Business Alliance that allows participants behind-the-scenes access to our city’s most pressing issues,” said Kyle A. Baisch, Vice President, Relationship Banking Officer at Pacific West Bank, and Leadership Portland Alumni Association Chair and 2015 class participant. “This latest class is exceptional and will experience a fantastic opportunity to come together and shape the future of our community.” 

Since 2003, the Alliance’s nine-month Leadership Portland program has helped to broaden the perspectives of business leaders on the most critical issues facing our region while also giving back to the community through the program's Impact Projects. The program’s curated syllabus and community impact projects are designed to help increase awareness of how business, government and community sectors work together to achieve common goals, and to develop advanced skills in team management, critical and creative thinking, and problem-solving. Each year, Leadership Portland participants are selected based on a set of criteria, including a demonstrated commitment to the community along with a wide variety of skills and interests. 

“For 20 years, Leadership Portland has inspired community and civic leadership in more than 700 professionals whose vision and heart continue to drive innovation and progress across our region,” said Alliance President & CEO Andrew Hoan. “This year’s cohort is an exceptional group of professionals whose talents, intellect and love for Portland will, no doubt, advance dynamic conversations around positive and lasting solutions to our region’s most critical issues.” 

“No community is void of issues or challenges. There will always be hard times ahead,” says Lee McPherson, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and Leadership Portland class of 2022 participant. “The only way to equip the community with tools and resources to foster healthy progress is to empower people to lead through service."  

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Participants of the 2022-23 Leadership Portland Class include: 

  • Ayoade Adeogun, Senior Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers 
  • Ryan Bennett, Relationship Manager, PNC Bank 
  • Jennifer Blythe, Sales Manager, Swire Coca-Cola 
  • Rachel DeRosia, Manager, Low-Income Policy, Portland General Electric 
  • James Ellis, Vice President for Operations, Pink Noise Projects 
  • Gillian Eubanks, Senior Trust Relationship Manager, Columbia Trust 
  • Leslie Foren, Director of Program Strategy, Cambia Health Solutions 
  • Elizabeth Fox, Business Development Director, Percipio Consulting Group 
  • Danielle Hart, Sales and Marketing Manager, Ferguson Wellman Capital Management 
  • Karl Hausafus, Principal, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer, Arnerich Massena 
  • Jennifer Hunter, Senior Director for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Portland Trail Blazers 
  • Maika Janat-Vennemann, Chief Operating Officer, Sport Oregon 
  • Robert Jepsen, Project Executive, Lease Crutcher Lewis 
  • Michael Jonas, Owner and Principal Attorney, Rational Unicorn Legal Services 
  • Gabrielle Kliewer, Agent - Senior Account Representative, SAIF 
  • Jake Krummel, Retail District Manager - Oregon Market, iQ Credit Union 
  • Patricia Lambe, Senior Manager, Moss Adams 
  • Jamaal Lane, Founder/Lead Educator, Champions Barbering Institute 
  • Kimberly Langdon, Manager of Sales Support and Advertising Operations, Oregonian Media Group 
  • Nathaniel Levy, Associate, Miller Nash 
  • Sara Lockwood-Morales, Vice President, Partnership Marketing, Portland Timbers and Thorns FC 
  • Amanda Lowthian, Director of Public Affairs & Regional Strategy, Travel Portland 
  • Christina Luethe, Director of Human Resources, Skamania Lodge 
  • Alejandro Mariscal-Salazar, Assistant Director for Recruitment, Willamette University MBA for Professionals 
  • TJ McHugh, Community Outreach and Policy Advisor, City of Portland - Office of Commissioner Dan Ryan 
  • Laura McMahon, Finance Operations Director, Providence Health & Services 
  • Katie Mongue, Director, Communications & Digital Design, Portland Business Alliance 
  • Chris Mueller, Associate Director of Development, University of Oregon Athletics - The Duck Athletic Fund 
  • David Murray, Vice President, Brown & Brown 
  • Catherine Potter, Senior Program Manager, Community & Social Health, Kaiser Permanente 
  • Chelsea Punian, Public Affairs Account Manager, Gard Communications 
  • Matthew Rissi, Vice President - Senior Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo - Commercial Banking 
  • Joseph Rose, Director of Operations, Yasuke Commons 
  • Katherine Rosenbaum, Chief Litigation Counsel and Claims Manager, NW Natural 
  • Roger Schliecher II, Store Manager, Umpqua Bank 
  • Arsalan Shah, Senior Director of Pharmacy, Central City Concern 
  • Monald Sharma, Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank 
  • Erin Stutesman, Managing Director, Prichard Communications 
  • Andrea Tichy, Director, Communications & Digital Design, Portland Opera 
  • JC Vannatta, Executive Director of Public Affairs, TriMet 
  • Mark Wells, Executive Director, Downtown Portland Clean & Safe 
  • Shannon West, Associate Vice President, Wyse Real Estate Advisors 
  • Keith Wilson, President & CEO, TITAN Freight Systems 
  • Asia Wisecarver, Executive Director, Playworks Pacific NW 

    To learn more about this year’s participants, go to community.portlandalliance.com/lp2023.

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About the Portland Business Alliance. The Portland Business Alliance – Greater Portland's Chamber of Commerce – was founded in 1870 and represents the largest, most diverse business network in the region. The Alliance brings together more than 2,100 members represented by dynamic and varied employers from around the Portland region, and offers a strong source of support, information, advocacy, engagement and professional development opportunities. Grounded in its mission to create opportunity and advance well-being for all who live and work in the Greater Portland and SW Washington region, the Alliance envisions a healthy and resilient business ecosystem where we work together to increase collaboration in governance; engage community; increase civic leadership; and, advocate for a vibrant, livable region for all.