OUR PEOPLE

STAFF

Dashiell Elliott

President & CEO / delliott@gosw.org

Dashiell is a philanthropic and social impact creative who is invested in equity and accessibility to resources that can increase the capacity and strengthen the vitality of those in marginalized communities. With more than 10 years of experience in the not-for-profit field, Dashiell has spent the last 5 years at the Central New York Community Foundation in Syracuse, NY where she created, implemented and led The Black Equity & Excellence Fund—a $1 million dollar grantmaking initiative that supports Black-led community-based projects that promote and encourage self-sufficiency and address physical and economic conditions that affect quality of life.

Dashiell also spent her time in New York working with grassroots organizations, professional development for nonprofits, strategic partnerships and equitable evaluation and data analysis. Dashiell is strong in creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace environments and grantmaking practices that also highlight the importance of intersectionality and accessibility.

Prior to becoming a funder, Dashiell spent time working for various community-based organizations that serve multiple demographics such as suburban, urban, and rural populations. Dashiell has a strong background in mental health services, crisis management, youth mediation, program development, grant management, grant evaluation, grant writing and fund allocation.

Dashiell attended SUNY Empire State College, University of Phoenix and Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. She majored in Nonprofit Management, Public Administration and Cultural Studies. Dashiell has also graduated from various leadership communities that have enhanced her community outreach and resident engagement skills.

Kaira (Ky-Ruh) Nguyen

Program Coordinator / kaira@gosw.org

Kaira Nguyen graduated early from high school with honors and went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from Portland State University. Hailing from Thailand, where she was born in a refugee camp, Kaira has since lived, worked, built businesses and developed partnerships in Northern/Southern California, Miami, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada. Most recently, Kaira settled in the Pacific Northwest where she has worked and volunteered for numerous nonprofit organizations dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion. Her early work in health policy, has helped her to factor in the many social determinants of health that contribute to some of the issues happening within marginalized communities.

Kaira brings her passion for helping others to GOSW and a true love for arts, culture and language. Although she grew up in the Willamette Valley, she credits her civically engaged Thai- Indian mother and Laotian-French father for instilling in her the guiding principles of pacifism and modeling good behavior. In addition to speaking her native languages of Lao and Thai she also speaks fluent English, and has studied Spanish, Vietnamese and Japanese. With the help of her extended family, which she refers to as her “village”, Kaira has raised nine brilliant young humans. Her favorite pastimes include singing karaoke in different languages, watching Muay Thai (as well as other combat martial arts), and having a good laugh — either at the comedy club or comedy-centered movies.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jackie Murphy, President
The Collins Foundation

Katie Carter, Vice President
Pride Foundation

Luisa Andrianzen Guyer, Vice President
Penney Family Fund

Stephanie Marquez, Secretary
The Women’s Foundation of Oregon

 

BOARD MEMBERS

D’Artagnan Caliman
1803 Fund

Anne George
Oregon Community Foundation

Angela Sears
Spirit Mountain Community Fund

Symone Sparrow
Nordstrom Foundation