Cliff Jones | Interim Executive Director
Cliff Jones is the Interim Executive Director for MRG Foundation. He has over 30 years’ experience in social services, community education, and human rights advocacy. 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.
Kelley Weigel | Interim Deputy Director
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.
Debby Garman | Program Associate - Temporary
Debby has enjoyed a diverse career in nonprofit leadership, including multiple board and officer positions, as well as serving as Executive Director for multiple arts nonprofits. She is a huge supporter of the MRG Foundation’s social justice and community empowerment mission, and is delighted to offer time and skills to serve. She is past Chair of the Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council, and consults as a grant writer. Debby has had a parallel for-profit business career in books and publishing, serving as Public Relations and Publicity Manager for Timber Press publishing company
Esther Kim | Grants Manager
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.
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.