Ali Benson joins GRANTMAKERS as Program & Membership Manager

Alexandra “Ali” Benson joined the GRANTMAKERS team last month. 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.

We are thrilled to welcome Ali to the GRANTMAKERS family. She can be reached at Please join us in welcoming her to the team!