.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) is the Executive Director of Children First for Oregon. Tonia brings more than 20 years of nonprofit experience in public policy and direct service for children. She served for nine years as Executive Director of the Children’s Center in Clackamas County. There, she oversaw the development and significant expansion of services at the child abuse assessment center, and led a successful capital campaign to build a new medical center for children suspected to be victims of abuse. During the last two years, Tonia has worked as Director of Marketing and Development at the Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon. Earlier in her career, Tonia served with Children First for Oregon for seven years as Policy Director and manager of Oregon’s KIDS COUNT project.

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Communications Manager. Martha is responsible for all of Children First’s public communications, including message and content development, and media relations. She earned her Master’s degree in journalism at the University of Oregon and worked for several years as a magazine editor, as well as a freelance writer and blogger, before transitioning into nonprofit communications. Her personal written work has appeared in a number of national and regional publications, including Ms. magazine and Portland Monthly magazine. When she’s not geeking out on the “art and science” of communications strategy and storytelling, Martha enjoys recreation on most any body of water, hiking, and attending her son’s basketball games.

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Data Analyst, is responsible for coordinating KIDS COUNT publications, including the annual Progress Report and County Data Book. He holds a Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Oregon Foster Youth Connection Program Director. Lisa comes to Children First from Portland State University’s My Life Project, where she organized group mentoring workshops as a Project Manager and supported youth living in foster care with their transition goals. She began her career as a high school Special Education teacher in Michigan, teaching English and Biology classes. Since 2003, she has worked in youth development and empowerment, including work with Michigan’s Center for Self-Determination, Project Success, and work supporting a national organization for youth with disabilities to become their own youth-led nonprofit. In addition to helping youth find their “internal spark,” Lisa enjoys travel, hiking, listening to live music, and going out to many of the amazing restaurants in Portland.

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Office Coordinator, works with the Executive Director to ensure that the office is functioning smoothly and efficiently.

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