Jen Matheson
Community Engagement Officer | 971.230.1292

As a Community Engagement Officer, Jen spends much of her time out in the community, interacting with current and potential partners. She is a point person for questions about our Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities Initiative, as well as Kaiser Permanente Community Fund. Jen also organizes gatherings for our funded partners and reviews grant applications for our funding opportunities. 

In her prior role at the Native American Youth and Family Center, Jen developed and implemented a culturally responsive college and career program to address the inequities in employment rates and secondary and post-secondary attainment for youth of color. She also served on the leadership team of the Community Works Project (CWP) and provided leadership for homeownership and asset-building programs, including the Elder’s Homeownership Retention Program, the Home Repair Savings and other outreach and advocacy efforts to address Portland’s minority homeownership gap. Prior to that, Jen served as the Outreach Manager at 211info for five years, establishing connections with community networks across Oregon and SW Washington. 

Jen received a bachelor's degree from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. She is also a graduate of Neighborhood Partnerships’ Advocates College. Jen served on the Proud Ground Board of Directors for six years and is trained as a Healthy Homes Specialist and a Master Home Environmentalist.

Jen enjoys her neighborhood of St. Johns, because she can walk to beautiful parks, movie theaters and delicious restaurants.

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