A graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Elizabeth started her career at Population Services International (PSI) in Washington, DC. While there, she worked on a variety of social marketing projects for malaria prevention, clean water and HIV/AIDS prevention in the developing world.
Elizabeth earned a Master’s of International Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in 2001. She then devoted the next five years in the pharmaceutical industry at Bristol-Myers Squibb. As Product Manager in the company’s Virology Division, she marketed HIV/AIDS products in the United States. She successfully led the development and execution of marketing, training and public relations tactics for Reyataz, a leading protease inhibitor for HIV/AIDS. She was also responsible for leading the Virology Division’s Women’s Initiative and African American Initiative to better understand and address the impact of HIV/AIDS on these populations.
Elizabeth relocated to her hometown Portland, Oregon, in 2006 with her husband and two daughters and has held non-profit management positions at two organizations. Most recently, as the Vice President of Community Relations at Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, she led all of the agency’s marketing, public relations and communications. Prior to this she served as the Executive Director of Marathon Education Partners, a Portland-based non-profit that seeks to improve low-income children’s awareness of and access to college.
Through her previous experiences, Elizabeth brings strong nonprofit management and marketing skills to her new role. In all facets of her career, she has demonstrated an ability to work successfully with numerous stakeholders and to achieve quick, yet sustainable results. Most importantly, she is driven by a passion to do what she can to make this world a better place for children, especially girls.
Development & Marketing Director
A fourth generation Oregonian, Benna brings her passion for service to the Portland area community to her work as Development and Marketing Director for Girls Inc. of NW Oregon. Benna graduated from Occidental College with a BA in American Studies in 2007. She returned to Portland and almost immediately began work in non-profit development and marketing. Benna joined the staff of Girls Inc. of NW Oregon in August, 2010. Before coming to Girls Inc., Benna worked with the development departments at Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, Schoolhouse Supplies, Morrison Child & Family Services and Oregon Humanities. She also served from 2009-2012 as the Media Director on the Board of Directors for the local music advocacy organization PDX Pop Now!
Grace brings eight years of youth service experience to Girls Inc. After earning a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Puget Sound in 2010, she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Washington Reading Corps in Tacoma, Washington before relocating to her hometown of Portland in 2011. Most recently, Grace was the Program Manager at YWCA Camp Westwind in the City before she was introduced to Girls Inc.’s important work in the summer of 2012.
After earning a B.A. in International Studies and Journalism from the University of Oregon, Tessah spent a year traveling and teaching English in South Korea. In 2010, she moved to Portland and began her career in the non-profit industry. Before joining the team at Girls Inc. of NW Oregon in July, 2013, she served as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for Hostelling-International, Northwest Portland and as the Executive Assistant for the Red Sweater Project.
Ella May Stilwell
Administration & Finance Manager