What do you do at Prosper Portland?
I manage a portfolio of programs that support underrepresented founders of tech and consumer product companies. I co-manage the Small Business Technical Assistance Partnership (SBTAP), an inclusive learning community of organizations dedicated to delivering on inclusive outcomes for supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses, particularly people of color, women and other underrepresented minorities.
What do you like most about your job?
I am very fortunate to get to work with talented and brilliant founders overcoming significant obstacles to build amazing companies. I am humbled and inspired by those founders every day. I am also very thankful for the dedicated colleagues I get to work within and external to Prosper Portland. I feel like we are building a new kind of future for Portland together and it is incredibly meaningful work.
What does equity mean to you?
Whether we like it or not, we have all been patterned in this society with notions of privilege and oppression based on race, ethnicity, gender or ability. To me, equity means repatterning ourselves to recognize & change those patterns so that we can see beyond the veil of the harmful patterns we’ve been taught and recognize the value and importance of every human being.