Elevating Impact 2016 Speakers


Amelia Pape, Founder, My Street Grocery

Amelia Pape is a Portland, Oregon-based social entrepreneur and food access advocate. She is the founder of My Street Grocery, a mobile grocer founded in 2011 as a social enterprise with a mission to improve fresh food access and build community by introducing customers to choices, resources, and relationships that celebrate the joy of food.

In 2013, Pape brought My Street Grocery into Whole Foods Market to enhance the scope and impact of the program. As Whole Foods Market’s first Food Access Coordinator, she works closely with the Whole Cities Foundation, Whole Foods Market’s nonprofit organization dedicated to improving access to nutritious food. 

Ami Dar, Founder and Director, Idealist.org 

Ami Dar is the founder and executive director of Idealist.org. Launched in 1996, Idealist has become one of the most popular nonprofit resources on the web, connecting 100,000 organizations around the world with two million people every month. Ami was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Peru and in Mexico, and lives in New York.

Al Etmanski, Community Organizer, Social Entrepreneur & Author

Al Etmanski believes social impact will not happen without becoming a wise traveller with disruptive, bridging and receptive innovators. His organization, Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), has spread to more than 40 locations around the world. PLAN assists families plan for the future wellbeing of their disabled relatives. Al is the first Canadian Ashoka fellow and a faculty member of John McKnight’s Asset-Based Community Development Institute. He is celebrating the 50th anniversary of catching a perfect game for the Hearst Lumberkings. 

Joy Alise Davis, Founder and Principal, Design + Culture Lab

Joy is a collaborative design strategist and interdisciplinary social practitioner. She works to radically transform vulnerable communities through social sustainability, civic engagement, and inclusionary collaborative design strategies. Joy is a Cincinnati native and graduate of Miami University and the Parsons New School of Design. Joy founded Design+Culture Lab, LLC. Design+Culture Lab is a research-driven urban social enterprise dedicated to the positive transformation of urban neighborhoods through collaborative design strategies that address the complex spatial issues associated with cultural, racial, and ethnic inequality.

Dr. Larry Wallack, Professor and Director, Center for Public Health Studies 

Lawrence Wallack is currently Professor and Director of the Center for Public Health Studies at Portland State and Distinguished Fellow of the Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at Oregon Health and Science University.  He served for nine years (2004-13) as Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University. He is also Emeritus Professor of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Wallack’s current work focuses on translating the science of developmental origins of health and disease into public health policy and practice on a community, regional, and statewide level in Oregon. He is also part of the team evaluating Voices for Healthy Kids, a national effort funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association to reduce childhood obesity through passing and implementing policies at the local and state level.

Nichole June Maher, MPH, President and CEO, Northwest Health Foundation

The youngest president of a major foundation in the Northwest, Nichole Maher has led the the NW Health Foundation through a significant transformation. The organization is a champion of advocacy, policy and supporting vulnerable populations to be leaders in creating healthy families and communities. NWHF is proud to have a majority minority staff and board.

Previously, Nichole served as Executive Director of the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) in Portland, Oregon for over 11 years. She holds a masters degree in public health from the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University and two bachelors of science, one in public health and one in American Indian studies from Oregon State University. Born in Ketchikan, Alaska, Nichole attended school on the Siletz Indian Reservation in Oregon and is a member of the Tlingit Tribe of Southeast Alaska. She is a proud mother of three young children.

John Tucker, CEO, Dave's Killer Bread

Like the company he runs, John Tucker is on a mission. He believes that everyone is capable of greatness. At Turtle Mountain, where John spent 13 years before joining Dave's Killer Bread, he helped grow the line of non-dairy products, primarily SO Delicious, from $2 million to nearly $100 million. He cares deeply about the people and products he works with. 


Genevieve Martin, Executive Director, Dave's Killer Bread Foundation 

Genevieve Martin, is the Executive Director of the Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation and the Community Development Manager for Dave’s Killer Bread. Genevieve is the key driver of the organizations’ philanthropic efforts and Second Chance Employer outreach initiatives. She brings ten years of management and problem-solving experience with an emphasis on social innovation to these important initiatives.

Charles McGee, President and CEO, Black Parent Initiative

Charles McGee has a unique passion: To create the ultimate community. With his passion as a driving force for his public service mission, Charles ran for Portland Public School Board in 2006. Charles is not your average young adult. Named among the most influential African Americans in Oregon, Charles has a lot to say about leadership, education and public service. Continuing on the path of his passion, Charles and his close friend Johnell Bell co-founded the Black Parent Initiative (BPI) in May ’06. The Black Parent Initiative (BPI) is now an incorporated entity in Oregon. Charles is a visionary with fresh, organic foresight for the successes for all generations. Charles has spoken throughout the nation and Canada on various issues and topics.

Doug Stamm, CEO, Meyer Memorial Trust

Doug Stamm is driven by the chance to foster meaningful and lasting change and the opportunity to create an Oregon where all may reach their full potential.

Born and reared in Oregon, early on Doug felt drawn towards a life in public service, which led him to law school, and a stint as a staffer in the Washington, D.C. office of Congressman Al Ullman, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. But Oregon called him back. He attended law school, then clerked for Presiding Federal Court District Judge Walter T. McGovern before entering private practice as a trial attorney. Looking for more psychic reward, Doug turned his gaze to NIKE, where he eventually managed the global public affairs department and led the athletic wear company’s efforts to improve labor practices in the developing world. He helped establish the NIKE Foundation and crafted NIKE’s first corporate responsibility plan. After a decade in the private sector, Doug joined his mentor, Duncan Campbell, at Friends of the Children. Public service was the fit he’d been looking for: He landed at Meyer on April 1, 2002, the 20th anniversary of the Trust’s inception. Doug sees it as an honor and privilege to work alongside committed and thoughtful staff, trustees, and nonprofit partners, all of whom share a vision for making this state shine for all.

Daniel Connolly, Dean, Portland State University School of Business

Dr. Dan Connolly is a global expert in hospitality management and information technology strategy. Before joining PSU in July 2015, Connolly was the senior associate dean at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. Previously, he served on the faculties of Cornell University, Michigan State University, Virginia Tech, and Concord College, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in information technology, strategic management, finance, and hospitality administration. Prior to joining academia, Connolly worked for nearly eight years at Marriott International’s corporate headquarters in information systems. He has a Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, an MBA from American University and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

Amy Pearl, Founder and Executive Director, Hatch Innovation

Amy draws on extensive experience in the education, corporate, and social sectors to shape a vision of how we might address global challenges by activating a new kind of community leader. An inveterate educator and strategist, she designed unique programs such as Local Agenda and Challenge and Change that teach adults and youth social entrepreneurship skills in high-need, underserved communities. She first envisioned ChangeXchange, the first American social innovation exchange while at the Skoll World Forum, and envisioned HATCH in 2009. Her own career has taken her from the classroom and school district to the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory to managing Intel’s online international education initiatives.

Stephen Green, Community Director, Elevate Capital

Stephen an experienced entrepreneur and economist with over 20 established years in investments, finance, and lending. Most recently, Stephen served as Vice President at Albina Community Bank and contracted at Nike as an employee retention specialist by providing strategic assistance to area entrepreneurs. Stephen also founded the nation’s first nonprofit brewpub (Oregon Public House, Portland, OR) and is in its third year of successful operations. 

Stephen is extremely active in the Portland entrepreneur community and served on the board of directors for six area nonprofits and is a past board-chair for the Black United Fund of Oregon. Stephen holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Western Oregon University.

David Sawyer, Strategy Director, Converge, and President, Context

David Sawyer is a strategy guy for a better world. He has played key roles in a variety of fields: education reform, national service, social entrepreneurship, venture philanthropy, and impact investing. His recent work has focused on systems change for oceans, girls and women, regions, and cities. 

Gun Denhart, Founder, Hanna Andersson

Gun Denhart co-founded the Hanna Andersson children's clothing company in 1983 a company became known for its quality clothing, family friendly employee policies and innovative contributions to the community through non-profit and school partnerships. Gun Denhart co-authored the book Growing Local Value, and is well known as a civic leader in Portland. She is a board member of Mercy Corps, Ecotrust and The Threshold Group, a founding member and past chair of the Oregon Business Association, and past board member of the national organization: Business for Social Responsibility. She has three sons and five grand daughters.

Rob Coppedge, Senior Vice President, Strategic Investments and Corporate Development, Cambia Health Solutions

Rob provides leadership for Cambia's diversification and strategic investment efforts, with responsibility for Direct Health Solutions (DHS) investment strategy and portfolio management. Before joining Cambia, he was the founding partner of Faultline Ventures and held a variety of positions with Capitol Health Partners. Rob serves boards of several health care companies and is a founder and former director of Leadership Health Care and is a director for The Cambia Foundation. Rob is also a co-founder and director of innovateHealth, driving change with a group of regional stakeholders to support the development of clinical and administrative efficiencies and a more consumer-focused system.

Angela Jackson, Director, Portland State Business Accelerator; Founder, Managing Director, Portland Seed Fund

Over the last 12 years, Angela's placed 60 angel investments and advised startups spanning everything from mobile to consumer products to clean tech. Angela proudly maintains multiple leadership roles in the flourishing Portland startup ecosystem.  In addition to being Managing Director of Portland Seed Fund, she's also co-president of the Portland Chapter of the Keiretsu Forum (the world’s largest angel network), and Director of Portland State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, which has housed more than 30 emerging tech companies to date. An entrepreneur herself, early in her career, Angela launched, secured funding, and managed several ventures including a clean water educational nonprofit. She can also regale you with tales from the three years she sailed around the world professionally as a tall ships sailor.

Elizabeth Bauer, CEO, Founder & Managing Director, Gilded Rogue Enterprises

 Gilded Rogue invests in rural Pacific Northwest companies with strong potential for growth and social impact. Gilded Rogue marries private equity, impact, and targets exits via broad based employee ownership so the jobs and dollars stay in the rural communities they serve. www.gildedrogue.com. At Gilded Rogue, Elizabeth directs fund management, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, team development and finance.  In 2012, Elizabeth was named one of the Portland Business Journal’s 40 under 40. She currently sits on the board of directors of several local groups, including the University of Oregon Foundation Seed Fund, the University of Oregon Law & Entrepreneurship Center, and Built Oregon (www.builtoregon.com). Before launching Gilded Rogue, Elizabeth was the CFO & General Counsel for a large Southern Oregon middle-market company (revenues $450 million).

Rachel Cunliffe, Assistant Professor in Conflict Resolution, Portland State University 

Although Rachel has been teaching about education subjects since 1984, criminal justice activism brought her to a research agenda related to the death penalty in Oregon in the late 90s. She began teaching courses about what she had learned as an adjunct in 2004. Her interest is in restorative and non-violent responses to extreme violence. She runs a Compassionate Listening Project with those entangled in the death penalty system. She is also a trained mediator and facilitate victim-offender meetings. She facilitates Circles of various kinds (in particular healing, talking, learning). She also supervises student field experiences.

Rachel's research interests include restorative androgogies, online education, restorative justice, program evaluation and the death penalty. Making quilts is for her a metaphor for the stitching we of our lives to each others' - one stitch at a time - making beautiful designs which can only be fully appreciated when we are together.

Hamilton Cheifetz, Professor of Cello at Portland State University & Founding member, Florestan Trio

Hamilton Cheifetz has been described in Fanfare Magazine as “unquestionably a magnificent player" for his solo recordings and concerts in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.  He recently presented solo recitals and master classes in Beijing and Tianjin, China and performed in Beijing with Third Angle New Music Ensemble.  He has performed at the White House and was the winner of the Piatigorsky Prize at Tanglewood.  His duos with Janos Starker were broadcast nationally on NPR, and he has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.  

Scott Hamlin, Co-founder of LOOPTWORKS

Scott Hamlin Co-founded Looptworks, a certified B corporation design brand that creates meaningful products from excess materials.  Looptworks repurposes abandoned materials into beautiful, long-lasting and limited-edition products such as bags, clothing and accessories.  With industry experience at adidas AG, Jockey International and Royal Robbins, Hamlin is considered a thought leader on the circular economy from a practitioner’s perspective. His passion is focused on re-imagining product creation with a focus on zero waste and closed loop manufacturing methods. By re-using the world's pre and post-consumer excess, the Portland, Oregon based brand aims to rid the world of waste, while inspiring a generation to reduce their impact on the planet. 

On Your Feet

On Your Feet (www.oyf.com) is a networked consultancy that is a collision of business and the arts. Their clients list include: Nike, Apple, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Walt Disney Imaginers, Warner Brothers Consumer Products, Wieden+Kennedy Advertising, GE, Intel, DDB, Ikea, FedEx, BBDO, EA, Cadbury Schweppes, JWT, 3M., The BBC, The British Ministry of Defense, and others. On Your Feet uses tools and methods drawn from a rich range of experiential methods—including improvisation—to help clients with communication, innovation and change, all while having a ridiculously good time.