Our Leadership

Initiative Lead


Jennifer Miller, GlobalPDX Initiative Lead

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Jennifer Miller serves as the GlobalPDX Initiative Lead and delights in uniting her love of Portland with her passion for global development. Jennifer has visited 30 countries, living in Australia, Morocco, and most recently Mongolia where she completed her two year Peace Corps service in the small rural village of Khovd. It was in her beloved tent, while making fires to keep the Mongolian winter at bay, that Jennifer developed a deep respect for the passion behind development organizations, and a better understanding of the communities that these organizations strive to assist. 

Advisory Board

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Andrea Johnson

Executive Director

Green Empowerment

Chair of GlobalPDX Steering Committee


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Paulomi Bhattacharyya

Development Associate



Sarah Wardwell

Foreign Service Officer

U.S. Department of State

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Naureen Khan

Gard Communications

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PDX Global Shapers

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Avery Waxman

Vice President


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Michael Telford

International Development and Small Business Finance Specialist

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Sally Mudiamu

Director, Office of International Affairs

Portland State University

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Sheila Walters Matsuda

Intercultural Communications Specialist

Global Services Corps


Kirsten Midura

Founder and Executive Director

Engines for Change

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Allie Petrina

Sr. Client Success Manager

Idealist Consulting

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Mighty Epiphyte Consulting


Laura Hanson Bruno

Senior Director

Metropolitan Group

GlobalPDX Ambassadors

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Natalie Deehan-Clark serves as a GlobalPDX Ambassador and the Communications Coordinator for the Center for Renewable Energy & Appropriate Technology for the Environment. Natalie earned her BS in Advertising from the School of Journalism & Communication at the University of Oregon. Upon graduation, her aspiration to continue learning led her on a journey around the world for one year. This gave Natalie first-hand experience with the diverse challenges some rural communities are facing and solidified her desire to work on sustainable solutions and community empowerment. Through her travel and work experiences, Natalie became interested in the power of storytelling as a catalyst for education and social change to create a sustainable and equitable future. 

Elana Lynn is a GlobalPDX Ambassador who has a passion for building connections especially among people who are trying to enter the professional workforce. Elana earned their Associates in Environmental Health at the University of Georgia and moved to Oregon in 2020 to finish their Bachelor's in Environmental Studies at Lewis and Clark College. Since moving to Oregon in the middle of a pandemic they have learnt the importance of having a support system and people to connect with. Elana is also a social media wizz and looks forward to helping GlobalPDX boost their social media presence. They look forward to getting to grow with GlobalPDX and helping others in their community to grow and connect with each other.


Oskar Kohlbrenner serves as a GlobalPDX Ambassador and a Policy & Communications Intern at the Oregon Organic Coalition (OOC). Oskar is currently pursuing his BA in Environmental Studies at Lewis & Clark College. He is expected to graduate in May 2023 and continue higher education in sustainable development linking his passion to international affairs and environmental global governance. He has been involved with GlobalPDX since his early days at Lewis & Clark College, collaborating on an interactive event for an environmental engagement course and attending several GlobalPDX events that helped him to secure a Knowledge Management Internship at a partner organization, Green Empowerment. Oskar's academic and professional interests are multidisciplinary and diverse, always encompassing his international perspective as an international student.

Founding Steering Committee

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