Esther Kim | Grants Coordinator
Esther is a recent arrivant to Portland from Salt Lake City, UT where she was a long-time youth, student, and community organizer. Her work centers queer and trans folks of color, fats, femmes, sick and disabled folks, poor and working class folks, immigrant and diasporic identity, non-coastal organizing and the abolition of the prison industrial complex. As the Grants Coordinator, Esther coordinates the administration of MRG’s grantmaking programs, supports grantees, and continues to bring a critical lens to the non-profit industrial complex we exist squarely in the center of. In her down time, Esther plays ukulele, make textiles, and goes to the ocean.
Brooks Nelson | Finance and Operations Director
Brooks has lived in Portland since 1986 and been involved in a variety of social justice issues over the last 30 years. His work has focused on queer rights, economic justice, anti-domestic and sexual violence, unlearning racism and other related issues. Brooks brings experience in both corporate and nonprofit management to MRG and is excited to get other folks excited about finance and operations. Outside of work he is a woodworker and videographer, most recently sharing his award-winning documentary Switch: A Community in Transition, with audiences across North America.
Stephan Herrera | Capacity Building Director
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!
Carol Tatch | Development Director
Carol has over 27 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Since moving to Oregon in 2007, Carol has served in fundraising roles with organizations that serve the environment, higher education, international aid and relief services, arts and culture, and social justice including at the Hoyt Arboretum Friends Foundation, Marylhurst University and, just prior to MRG Foundation, Mercy Corps International. Carol has a passion for social and racial equity in Oregon and is excited to work at MRG, where she can put those values into action. At MRG Carol provides the strategic vision and leadership for MRG’s major donor program and cultivates individual gifts that have transformative impact on MRG and the communities with which we work. Carol’s passion for knowledge and truth fuels her ever-evolving love for people and their cultures.