About Us

Our Mission

Put Oregon's community of changemakers on the map as a widely renowned hub inciting positive change around the world.


Our History

In 1996 Irene Tinker began hosting Development Salon in her living room. It was an informal gathering of globally minded Portlanders discussing international issues. In 2012 Green Empowerment helped transform these informal gatherings into strategic networking events for the global development community. It was from these evenings, over micro brews and shared philosophy, that vision for GlobalPDX was born. Five years later Green Empowerment, Portland State University, Oregon Health and Science University, Mercy Corps and Medical Teams International converted the shared vision into the GlobalPDX Initiative, aiming to connect academia, practitioners, businesses and thinkers around Oregon to strengthen the global network. Ever since GlobalPDX has provided an organizing space for global changemakers, elevating the impact of globally conscious organizations and amplifying the voices of the passionate individuals in our state.

Our Method

Building the Oregon-based global development community into a thriving, collaborative, and high-impact network of people and organizations with global reach.


Our Allies

Not-for-profit organizations • Foundations • Corporations • Higher education research units • Businesses focused on global changemaking

Together, our members serve families and communities in more than 60 countries around the world, bringing health, happiness, equality, and harmony.

Our Strengths

  • Small International NGOs & social enterprises - Promotion to the community and funders, independent validation of impact, training and shared resources, networking with other organizations, and filling job openings.
  • Large International NGOs - GlobalPDX will promote your organization, help recruit talented Fellows and employees, connect you to academic institutions. We will promote high value partnerships with other members on proposals.
  • Academic institutions -GlobalPDX is committed to enabling academic programs to connect with practitioners in the field. In addition, we promote your brand, help publicize your research, and help place your students into fellowships and internships.
  • Businesses - Direct and curated access to organizations to sponsor. Promotion of your brand to socially conscience and internationally minded groups.
  • Foundations & Funders - Foster partnerships, become a thought-leader in the field, and support meaningful international development projects. GlobalPDX helps ensure that you are supporting meaningful and impactful projects and partners.

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