Empowering Philanthropy: Getting Ready for Oregon’s 2023 Session

Monday, December 05, 2022
11:00am- 12:30pm

Now that the midterms are finished and a new Governor has been elected, we will be looking toward the 2023 Oregon State Legislature session, which begins in February. Northwest Health Foundation has been active in advocacy (and lobbying) for years and will share key insights and possible bills that could have significant impact on the community-based organizations (such as the Oregon Food Bank) you support. You will learn the Who, What, When and How about tracking bills that are important to your foundation, understand the ins and outs of supporting legislative action, the players, and come away with a much more meaningful understanding of Oregon’s political process and how philanthropy has the opportunity to make a difference in the state.

This session will focus on active strategies and developing plans that you can easily incorporate into your work. It will not focus on compliance, as the list of what you can do is much longer than the list of what you cannot. Attendees will not be engaging in direct lobbying during the session, so private foundations should attend!




Felicita Monteblanco, Public Affairs Manager, Northwest Health Foundation

Felicita joined Northwest Health Foundation in August 2020. As Public Affairs Manager, Felicita supports advocacy campaigns to change public policy, often in partnership and at the direction of community-based organizations. She also manages government relations and leads NWHF’s communications, among other responsibilities.

Before joining NWHF, Felicita was the policy and advocacy officer for Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, which serves Washington and Yamhill Counties and is the largest federally qualified health center in the state. Prior to Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, she worked at Vision Action Network, building a network of connected nonprofits and philanthropic leaders throughout Washington County.

Felicita earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in hospitality management from the University of San Francisco. Felicita was elected to the board of directors for the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District in 2017 and re-elected in 2021. She currently serves as President of the Board.


Representative Lisa Reynolds, Oregon State Legislature

Representative Reynolds describes herself as a pediatrician, a mom, and an activist. Having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago, her parents instilled in her and her siblings the drive to give back to their communities. Her brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age and her mother’s example of service and education inspired her to become a pediatric doctor.   

Now, as a pediatrician at The Children’s Clinic in southwest Portland, she understands what is and what isn’t working for Oregon families. This is her drive to help the community through the legislature. 

She credits her healthcare background with informing decisions on policies and services that encompass 30% of Oregon’s budget and feels that this brings her expertise in early childhood so make Oregon the best place for children to grow up.   


This is a hybrid workshop. The in-person location will be at The Center for Philanthropy, 221 NW 2nd Avenue, 3rd Floor, Portland. A zoom link will be sent to those requiring remote access.

Cost: Members $0 / Nonmmembers $45

This program is open to members and nonmembers. If you are not a member you may register by contacting Mark McCrary at MMcCrary@gosw.org.

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