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

PO Box 6381
Portland, Oregon 97228

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GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington
PO Box 6381, Portland, OR 97228

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Kendall Clawson

Chief Executive Officer

Kendall joined GRANTMAKERS <em>of Oregon and Southwest Washington</em> 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.

Mark McCrary

Program Coordinator

Mark comes to GOSW with a long history of nonprofit management. He most recently spent seven years as executive director of the Ross Ragland Theater in Klamath Falls prior to establishing MissionForward Consulting. Prior to Klamath Falls, he was executive director of the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits in Jackson, MS. Most of his career has been in arts administration, which follows his love of the performing arts.

A second generation Oregonian, Mark was born in Lebanon and graduated high school in John Day. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. He recently finished a Diversity and Inclusion certificate program through Cornell University.

Chris Comis

Administrative Coordinator 

Chris Comis comes to GOSW after relocating to Portland from Seattle where he worked in non-profit management focusing on process improvement and systems development. As Manager of In-kind Donations and Transportation for Mary’s Place he created donation valuation and distribution methods used annual audits and daily operations. This followed his work with Operation Sack Lunch where he managed CRM system implementation and food donation data collection. In addition to his non-profit sector experience Chris has a background in technology and branding. This includes a certificate from Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts and project management experience for consultancies in Seattle and San Francisco.