Jen Matheson
Community Engagement Officer

jen@northwesthealth.org | 971.230.1292

Jen Matheson joined Northwest Health Foundation as a Community Engagement Officer in February 2014.  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 served on the leadership team of the Community Works Project (CWP),  a partnership between the Department of Human Services (DHS) and six community-based organizations that provides culturally specific workforce development services for families receiving emergency benefits in Multnomah County.  

At NAYA, Jen also 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.  She built partnerships with local, regional and state-wide initiatives including:  Childcare Resource and Referral, HousingConnections.org, 9th Grade Counts, Project Homeless Connect, Continuum(s) of Care in Clark, Multnomah and Washington counties, summer food programs, Oregon Helps!, Cowlitz Asset Building Coalition, Smoke Free Oregon and many others. 

Jen is a graduate of Neighborhood Partnerships’ Advocates College. She served on the Proud Ground Board of Directors for six years and is trained as a Healthy Homes Specialist and a Master Home Environmentalist. She currently serves on Portland’s Brownfield Advisory Committee.