Who We Are

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 26 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. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College, along with a minor in Religious Studies.

Advisory Board


Andrea Johnson

Executive Director

Green Empowerment

Chair of GlobalPDX Steering Committee


Ashley Emerson

Ashley Emerson

Program Director

Health in Harmony


Carol Skowron



Niels Marquardt

Former U.S. Ambassador

Lewis & Clark Diplomat in Residence

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Avery Waxman

Vice President


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Paulomi Bhattacharyya

Development Associate


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Michael Telford

International Development and Small Business Finance Specialist

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Clarence Edwards

Legislative Director

Sustainable Energy & Environment

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Sally Mudiamu

Director, Office of International Affairs

Portland State University

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. 

Sarah Wardwell is a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State currently working on leadership development remotely from Southern Oregon. Prior to her work in diplomacy, she worked with Mercy Corps providing humanitarian and long-term development assistance, with youth development non-profits in Portland, and she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her work spans across West Africa, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia. Sarah is passionate about bringing people together and making the field of international affairs more diverse and inclusive. She looks forward to bringing Southern Oregon into the GlobalPDX family.

Sheila Walters Matsuda - Through GlobalPDX, I hope to share my expertise and understanding of beneficiary perspectives and NGO implementation and sustainability challenges - especially with regards to WASH, watershed management, women’s empowerment, income diversification, and livestock multiplication interventions.

My strengths are in intercultural communication and participatory qualitative evaluation research. My goal is to contribute to global peace through familiarity with languages, cultures, histories, and livelihoods.

I look forward to working with Portland-based organizations that recognize and respect the environment and diversity of perspectives.

Jacob Dodds is a GlobalPDX Ambassador who is focusing on increasing equity and inclusion in projects and programs. As a MPA graduate student at Portland State University, Jacob studies global leadership and management. Additionally, he works in social services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and has a passion for this field. Jacob’s work experience ranges from serving in the Peace Corps in Indonesia to conducting need’s assessments for adults with disabilities. Jacob hopes to continue finding ways to increase equity and inclusion for vulnerable populations.

Founding Steering Committee

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