🏳️🌈 Robyn (she/her)
With a deep respect for organizational values and culture and an active commitment to social and racial justice, I provide relationship-based and trauma-informed training and support for individuals and organizations. I help them as they put missions into actions, make decisions, share their expertise, and change our communities and the world.
Before starting this work in 2015, I held different roles, including Executive Director, Political and Communications Director, Program Director, and Organizer.
For ten years, I served as the Executive Director of Write Around Portland, which runs community-based writing workshops in prisons, hospitals, schools, social service agencies, and shelters. I led strategic planning to strengthen programs and meet demand; developed and refined workshop curriculum; trained and supported more than 250 volunteer workshop facilitators; and enlisted the support of hundreds of donors and volunteers annually.
During my tenure, I engaged a dedicated board and staff and solidified and diversified funding, achieving best practices in nonprofit finance and sustainability.
In 2020, I served as the Interim Executive Director at YWCA Clark County in Southwest Washington, helping guide the organization through leadership transition and vital service delivery at the start and first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Missouri and Oregon, I worked in progressive electoral and legislative politics at the local, state, and federal levels; in issue advocacy and coalition building; and in the labor movement.
As a volunteer, I serve as:
- Board Member, Safety and Justice Oregon and Safety and Justice PAC
- Board Member, New Room Studios
- Essay Judge, Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Weekly volunteer since 2015 at VOA-Oregon’s Men’s Residential Center, an addiction treatment facility for men in the criminal justice system
I hold a degree in African-American Studies with a minor in Art History from Washington University in St. Louis. A Midwesterner by birth and at heart, I write, read, run, and cheer on the Trailblazers in Portland, Oregon, USA.
🏳️🌈 You can refer to me as Robyn or she/her.
The Portland metro area is unceded and occupied land and water on traditional territories of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other Tribes and their descendants along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.