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

921 SW Washington Ave, Suite 316
Portland, Oregon 97205

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

Staff can be reached at  

Kendall Clawson

Executive Director

Kendall Clawson joined GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington in January, 2018. Prior to her work at GRANTMAKERS, Kendall was the executive director of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon (ALFO), a statewide organization dedicated to bringing together leaders from various sectors throughout the country to deepen their leadership skills and strengthen their commitment to collaboratively work on public issues. Under Kendall’s leadership, ALF launched a program to address Oregon’s urban rural divide, an effort designed to understand differences, find community, inspire collaboration and create opportunity.

Kendall, who is also a graduate of the ALF program, previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, MD, and current Oregon Governor Kate Brown where she was responsible for leading a department that included the Governor’s Executive Appointments, Constituent Services, Economic and Business Equity, Arts and Culture, and Affirmative Action/Diversity and Inclusion.

In addition to her work in state government, Kendall has worked in non-profit management for 24 years. Her leadership roles include serving as vice president of the United Way of the Pioneer Valley in Springfield, Massachusetts and as executive director of the Q Center in Portland. Kendall currently serves on the boards of Portland Parks, the National Board of the American Leadership Forum, Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette and the United Way of the Columbia Willamette.

Ali Benson

Program & Membership Manager

Ali Benson joined the GRANTMAKERS team in May of 2017. Ali comes with a background in the private and nonprofit sectors, and specializes in capacity building, event planning, and community engagement. 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 she is a proud board member of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Portland (YNPN Portland).

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.

Sherie Salzwedel

Office Manager

Sherie Salzwedel joined GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington in
March, 2018. Prior to GRANTMAKERS, Sherie was Operations Manager at the American
Leadership Forum of Oregon (ALFO). During her time at ALF, Sherie oversaw the internal
daily activities and finances ensuring that the office ran smoothly. In addition to her ALF
Oregon responsibilities, Sherie also worked closely with the ALF National Board as
Administrative Coordinator.

Prior to her work with ALF, Sherie spent ten years at American Field Service (AFS USA)
Intercultural Programs, an international, not-for- profit youth exchange organization.
Based out of the AFS Portland office, Sherie’s great passion was working with colleagues
across the globe fostering a greater understanding of the world’s different and diverse
cultures through the student exchange program. She managed a travel support team
dedicated to exchange student travel and orientations throughout the U.S. western
region. She was also active in the Participant Support department at AFS where she
worked alongside volunteers and staff encouraging and guiding students with their
unique exchange experiences.

Sherie graduated with honors holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Oregon
State University. When she’s not learning about, or traveling to different cultures, she
can be seen digging in the dirt looking for arrowheads or a stray trilobite fossil. She also
volunteers at the Audubon Society of Portland as a bird of prey handler, educating
visitors and the public at large about the sacredness of all living things and the
importance of protecting the environment in which they live.