Staff

GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington
Office is located in Downtown Portland at:


921 SW Washington Ave, Suite 316
Portland, Oregon 97205

For general inquiries   |  
 info@gosw.org

For program registration inquiries   |  
 register@gosw.org

Mail should be sent attention to
GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington
PO Box 6381, Portland, OR 97228

Staff can be reached at  
 503.226.6340






Joyce White

Executive Director
jwhite@gosw.org

Joyce White is the executive director of GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington. In 1999, she was asked by Oregon funders to start a regional association of grantmakers and join a network of 32 similar organizations across the country with connections to the national philanthropic sector. One of her first assignments was to manage the Oregon plan of the Northwest Giving Project, one of the many initiatives to grow philanthropy under the banner of the national New Ventures in Philanthropy. From the very beginning, her work in philanthropy has been both local and national.

Joyce has a long history of work in the nonprofit sector. Just prior to coming to GRANTMAKERS, she spent nearly a decade developing heritage tourism projects on Oregon’s four national historic trails, working closely with Oregon’s economic development and tourism departments and rural and Tribal communities. “Almost” an Oregon native, Joyce has served on many nonprofit boards focused on a broad range of interest areas: women and children; the arts; historic preservation; economic development and volunteerism.

As the Executive Director of GRANTMAKERS, she served on the board of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and an advisory board for the LearnPhilanthropy project of the Johnson Center for Philanthropy in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Willamette Valley Development Officers.

In her spare time, you can find her on a trail in the Columbia River Gorge or with a good book on her deck. When bored, she taps the youthful energy of ten grandchildren all living in Oregon.

Ali Benson

Program & Membership Manager
abenson@gosw.org

Ali Benson joined the GRANTMAKERS team in May of 2017. Ali comes with a background in the private and nonprofit sectors, and specializes in member and customer engagement, event planning, and development. Prior to her work at GRANTMAKERS, Ali spent several years at the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO), where she managed logistics for 150 statewide educational programs, networking events, and conferences per year.

In addition to her work at NAO, Ali has a robust portfolio of community leadership experience. She has presented on cross-cultural communication, facilitated DISC team-building seminars, and contributed to over 30 nonprofits of all sizes through volunteer and board service. Ali is passionate about empowering emerging leaders in the nonprofit sector, and is an active member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Portland (YNPN Portland) and Toastmasters.

Ali graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s in the History of Art & Architecture. In her spare time, Ali enjoys experimenting with vegetarian recipes, wearing stretch pants, and yelling out the answers during Jeopardy. She is an avid podcast listener, and practices her Spanish and French language skills whenever possible.

Rhiannon Orizaga

Communications & Administrative Coordinator
rhiannon@gosw.org

Rhiannon Orizaga joined GRANTMAKERS in 2015 and moved into the newly-created role of Communications and Administrative Coordinator after a year. Like many nonprofit unicorns, she is a wearer of many hats: program and office administration, knowledge management, member support, communications, and technology form the core of her work, but there are always new moles to whack, and she embraces the opportunity to stretch her mallet hand with special projects.

Rhiannon attended Oregon State University, where she received a double Bachelor of Arts in English and History. After that, she earned a Master of Arts in Ancient History from Portland State University, with an emphasis on Identity Politics in Early Imperial Rome. She also published an article on the subject, in Tattoos and Body Modifications in Antiquity.

In her spare time, Rhiannon enjoys spending time with her wife, Sarah, and cat, Miso; knitting and crafting; and traveling. As the daughter of an immigrant from Mexico, she is passionate about equity, inclusion, and immigrant’s rights, as well as supporting small businesses and domestic violence prevention/amelioration.