Staff


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Jude Perez | Office Administrator

Jude@mrgf.org

Jude Perez is a versatile professional that brings a deep understanding of non-profit operations, systems, and fundraising to the table. Prior to joining MRG, Jude was part of the Community Cycling Center’s development team where they took joy in grant writing and coordination, database management, and systems creation. Jude’s social justice journey began as an LGBTQI+ rights advocate and grassroots activist in Texas and California, and continues to this day with a broader scope including racial justice, art in activism, education, gender, and income equity.
Pronouns: They / Them / Theirs

Se-ah-dom Edmo | Executive Director

Seahdom@mrgf.org

Se-ah-dom Edmo, Shoshone-Bannock, Nez Perce & Yakama, is MRG’s Executive Director. She brings deep experience in community organizing for racial and social justice work across the nation. She is co-editor of the Tribal Equity Toolkit 3.0: Tribal Resolutions and Codes for Two Spirit and LGBT Justice in Indian Country and American Indian Identity: Citizenship, Membership & Blood. Prior to joining MRG  served as the Sovereignty Program Director at Western States Center where she was the coalition convener of Tribal History: Shared History (Senate Bill 13, 2017) in Oregon – this law established and funded teaching of Indian History and Sovereignty in K – 12 Schools across the state. A hallmark of her career has been fostering relationships and collaborations between tribes and organizations that do social, racial, environmental, and economic justice work across the region. She is currently a member of the Steering Committee of Oregon Recovers and is an ALF Senior Fellow. She lives in Portland with her husband James and their children Siale, Imasees and Miyosiwin, as well as her parents, Ed and Carol Edmo.

Se-ah-dom’s ancestors are from Celilo, a fishing village along the Columbia River and one of the oldest known settlements in the West.

Pronouns: she / her / hers

 


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Cliff Jones | Advisor

Cliff@mrgf.org

Cliff Jones is Advisor to the MRG Foundation. He has over 30 years’ experience in social services, community education, and human rights advocacy and is a partner at Capacity Building Partnerships. Cliff is co-founder of Tools for Diversity, a comprehensive curriculum led by a multi-cultural team that addresses problems caused by discrimination and prejudice and supports building culturally competent organizations.  His wide range of organizational experience includes skill-building for boards and supervisors, planning, mediation, workplace diversity, multicultural alliances, conflict resolution, and group facilitation. Cliff has also served on MRG’s Board of Directors and Grantmaking Committees.


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Kelley Weigel | Interim Deputy Director

Kelley@mrgf.org

Kelley Weigel is Interim Deputy Director for MRG Foundation.  She left her role as Executive Director at Western States Center in the fall of 2017. Previous to her role as ED she served as Associate Director and started out as the Western Progressive Leadership Program Director.  Kelley has also worked on the staff of Rural Organizing Project and Community Alliance of Lane County.  Kelley’s first Board of Director service was with MRG Foundation and she has also been Grantmaking Committee Chair.


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Lindy Walsh | Finance and Operations Director

Lindy@mrgf.org

Lindy brings to MRG more than 30 years of experience in non-profit finance and administration.  She served on the MRG Board of Directors, Grantmaking Committee and has volunteered and worked for organizations that have received funding from MRG for much of her work life.  Prior to joining our team, Lindy worked at the Community Cycling Center, Partnership for Safety and Justice, and River Network.


Consultants


Katie Sawicki | Capacity Builder

katielsawicki@gmail.com

Katie Sawicki helps projects cross the finish line from planning to completion.  She provides individualized support to organizations, coalitions, community groups seeking to advance racial and social justice work. This includes strategic planning; policy platform and campaign development; research and policy briefs; policy advocacy; building organizing capacity; and/or organizational development that centers on communities most impacted by social, economic and health inequities. She worked at Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services in New York City for ten years and in the Advocacy and Civic Engagement Department at the Urban League of Portland for 8 years.

 


YeeWon Chong | Capacity Builder

yeewon@yeewonchong.org

Yee Won came to the United States about two and half decades ago searching for asylum based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and political opinion. He uses this lived experience and community organizing background to surface commonalities among people and galvanize collective power in search of a just society.  His consulting practice focuses on advancing social, economic, and environmental justice. He helps organizations increase their abilities to fulfill their purpose and create inclusive organizational culture.

Before becoming a consultant, Yee Won held staff positions at Western States Center, United for a Fair Economy and Haymarket People’s Fund. He serves on the board of Forward Together and Center for Story-based Strategies.


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Stephan Herrera | Capacity Builder

stephan@mrgfoundation.org

With more than 14 years of experience across Oregon’s social and racial justice movements, Stephan brings a thoughtful analysis, deep passion, and incredible skills to MRG. Stephan most recently served as Urban League of Portland‘s Organizing Director. Prior to his time at the Urban League, Stephan managed the Sylvania Diversity Grant Fund and supported the retention of students of color at Portland Community College. Stephan was a founder and former chair of Portland Black Pride. As Capacity Building Director, Stephan leads MRG’s Capacity Building Initiative, providing training and multi-year funding to help grassroots social justice groups grow to scale. Learn more about Stephan’s background and passions!