Advancing Equity: Stories From the Field and Tools for Taking Action


Nonprofits exist to address the deepest discrepancies in our society. However, social sector organizations are not immune from racism, sexism, and oppression. With advancing equity a recurring topic in the sector, you might be thinking about how to make change at your organization but aren't sure where to begin. Or, maybe you have been in this work for a while but are losing steam.

YNPN Portland invites you to join for its annual signature event on equity, diversity, and inclusion. Hear from local leaders on how they and some of Portland's most prominent social sector organizations have examined policies and practices through an equity lens, reflected on one's personal privilege, measured progress, and made change as a team.



Carly Brown, Community Engagement Officer - Oregon Community Foundation

Carly serves as the Community Engagement Officer for The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF). Among community foundations, OCF is a leader in volunteer participation, with 1,600 individuals participating across the state. Carly coordinates regional councils that help to identify and respond to community needs; she also engages and plans training for volunteers who review grants applications. She has been an enthusiastic member of the staff team on equity, diversity and inclusion issues since 2013.

Carly received an MPA from PSU and serves on Oregon Volunteers’ state committee for volunteerism. She has served on the board for the 200-member NW Oregon Volunteer Administrators Association. A Portland resident since 2001, Carly lives in the Foster-Powell neighborhood with her partner and two children.






Ann Curry-Stevens, Principal Investigator - Coalition of Communities of Color (Portland State University)

Ann Curry-Stevens has been the Principal Investigator in a research partnership with the Coalition of Communities of Color since 2008. This partnership led to the release of a report, “Communities of Color in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile” in 2010 that detailed deep racial disparities between Whites and communities of color across 28 institutions and systems. Following have been reports on six separate communities of color, again detailing the disparities – this time, focusing on each community. The depth and breadth of disparities has been alarming to White Portlanders though of little surprise for communities of color. This work has catalyzed awareness, support for reforms and real action. One significant endeavor following release of this report has been the creation of two organizational assessment tools: the “Tool for Organizational Self-Assessment Related to Racial Equity” (2013) and the “Protocol for Culturally Responsive Organizations” (2014), both of which Ann was involved with developing. She has since supported numerous organizations in implementing these assessments and is completing a research project on the impact of such assessments. Ann is on faculty with Portland State University’s School of Social Work where she leads the school’s teaching in community social work and advances anti-oppressive practice. She moved to Portland from Toronto, Canada in 2007 with her partner and daughter.





Drew Henrie-McWilliams, Chief Executive Officer - Morrison Child & Family Services

Drew Henrie-McWilliams oversees the administration of Morrison Child and Family Services including board and fund development, program oversight and evaluation, and organizational development. He supervises all division directors, along with designated senior clinical supervisors and managers. He serves as the primary liaison to all government, school, private funding and licensing bodies for all Morrison programs. Drew has extensive experience with outpatient and community-based services; and multiple degrees in education and social agencies counseling.





Crystal Jackson, Director of Human Resources - Meyer Memorial Trust

Personal inspiration pushes Crystal. As Crystal’s career aspirations evolved, her interests and drive to make a more measurable difference in the community motivated her to direct her human resources experiences to the nonprofit sector.

Before Meyer, Crystal worked at U.S. Bank for 23 years in varying human resources roles. The experience offered a vast breadth of human resources competencies, from talent management and succession planning to leadership development. Her volunteer work with Chess for Success and REAP Inc., has been most rewarding. Crystal joined the Meyer team May, 2014.




Rekah Strong

Moderator: Rekah Strong, Chief of Operations and Equity, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette






Doors open at 6:00 PM, program begins at 6:30 PM. 

This event is wheelchair accessible. For other accessibility needs, please contact us at [email protected]

YNPN Portland charges a small fee to cover the costs associated with providing professional development events, but do not want the price to be an obstacle in attending. Please email Katie at [email protected] to request an exception to the fee. 

YNPN Portland will not issue refunds in response to canceled RSVPs for this event, unless there is an error during registration. We promise to put your money toward the development of future programming. Thank you. 

June 01, 2016 at 6:00pm - 8pm
Billy J. Frank Conference Center, Ecotrust
721 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
United States
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