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.

Julia Willis

Program Manager

Julia Willis Julia Willis joined GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington in June of 2018. Prior to GRANTMAKERS, she served Oregon Tribal philanthropic efforts for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde’s Spirit Mountain Community Fund, and the Coquille Tribal Community Fund. Julia has been an active member of Oregon’s Funding community through her involvement in many public forums, panel discussions, and training opportunities. She brings her commitment to equitable funding for underserved communities and her passion for bringing people and ideas together to the Grantmakers team.

An Oregon native, Julia was raised in Boise, Idaho, and obtained a B.S. in Psychology from Boise State University. She returned to Oregon to connect with her Coquille Tribal heritage in 2007, and was given the privilege administering their Community Fund, in addition to a wide range of activities for the Mill Casino, Hotel & RV Park. She began as the Grants Coordinator for Spirit Mountain Community Fund in 2012, expanding her experience and knowledge of Oregon’s funding landscape. She joined the Board of Directors for GOSW in 2016, working with some of the most prominent members of the Funding community. Her shift to the staff will heighten her ability to contribute to the work she loves.

Julia enjoys spending time with family and friends, and being close to the coast. She works tirelessly on her yard, losing the battle daily, and loves old movies and music. She and her partner, Onie, live in beautiful Dallas, Oregon.

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 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.