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|Molly is excited to bring dedicated leadership to SE Uplift, beginning in July 2017 after serving as founding executive director for On-the-Move Community Integration (another SE Portland nonprofit). Molly is responsible for all aspects of running SE Uplift, from strategic planning to setting efficient operations to ensuring maximum impact of programs. She works in partnership with the Board of Directors, SE Uplift staff, community organizations, city government, and all neighbors working to make our community the best it can be. Molly is winner of the Sustainable Business Portland Innovation in Sustainability award for equity (2013). Under her direction, she has led organizations to earn the City of Portland Making a Difference Award (2014), and rankings in the 100 Best Green Nonprofits in Oregon, Guidestar Gold Level of Transparency for Financial Management, Great Nonprofits Top Rated Nonprofits, and Gold Level Certification from the Portland Sustainability at Work Program. Molly is committed to increasing the number and diversity of people involved in their communities, and excited at the many ways people demonstrate how to be a good neighbor!
Molly loves dogs, writes and performs music, and enjoys studying french and spanish in her free time. She is proud to maintain a small environmental footprint through living car-free and eating a plant-based diet.
|Jay supports the Executive Director and staff in an administrative capacity. He is responsible for the operations of the building, tenant and community building-use rental agreements, records collection, and database management. In his off time Jay writes music, plays his guitar, and also spends lots of time outside hiking, biking, exploring the coast, and seeing all the wonderful sights Oregon has to offer.|
Community Resource Program Manager
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|Kelly serves as the liaison to six of our Neighborhood Associations, providing them with resources and support. In addition, Kelly manages our Grant Programs, monthly newsletter, and online resources. In her spare time, Kelly can be found enjoying the outdoors, cooking delicious vegan meals, and laughing with friends and family. Her spirit animal is a squirrel.
Kelly is the staff liaison for the Creston-Kenilworth, Eastmoreland, Laurelhurst, Montavilla, Mt. Scott-Arleta, and Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Associations.
Neighborhood Planning Program Manager
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|Leah serves as the liaison to two of our Neighborhood Associations, providing them with resources, advice and training. Additionally, Leah serves as the main point of contact for neighbors and all neighborhood associations interested in getting involved in, or who have questions about how to shape Portland’s land use and transportation planning policy and processes. Leah supports SE Uplift’s Land Use and Transportation Committee which meets monthly and represents perspectives of volunteers from each of our twenty neighborhood associations as well as several business associations.
On any given day, Leah can be found working in her yard or garden, sitting on her porch with her 2-year old daughter, playing soccer, jogging, or walking her over-sized dog through the neighborhood.
Community Outreach Coordinator
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|Mireaya serves as the liaison to six of our neighborhood associations, providing them with resources, advice and outreach assistance. She coordinates trainings, events and workshops for SE Uplift and manages our Community Collection Event (Cleanup) program. Working in the nonprofit sector for a decade, Mireaya has found true love in combining social justice, art and digital design.
Mireaya is the staff liaison for the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek, Foster-Powell, Kerns, North Tabor, South Tabor, and Woodstock Neighborhood Associations.
Community Engagement Coordinator
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|Muz manages the SE Uplift Fiscal Sponsorship Program, coordinates community events and connects community members with services that improve livability. As the community engagement coordinator, Muz is responsible for supporting SE Uplift’s ongoing efforts to engage the entire population of the coalition; including, addressing the barriers to cultural inclusiveness in our neighborhoods by raising awareness to disparities stemming from racial, economic or social justice issues.
During his time off Muz enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors.