Northwest Health Foundation believes that the board of an organization should reflect the communities it serves. We also believe our cultural, linguistic and community identities make our organization stronger, smarter and more effective. These identities, whether constructed by social, political or other forces, unite us in working toward a healthy region for everyone. That's why we asked our board to take an identity survey. We want to hold ourselves accountable for attracting and retaining a diverse board of directors.
Note: The survey was optional, and board members opted out of any questions they preferred not to answer.
Race and Ethnicity
NWHF board members identify as White, Black, Asian, Caucasian, Chinese, Chinese American, Latina, Mestiza, European, Western European, African American, Filipino Japanese, American Indian and Native American.
One of our board members identifies as an immigrant. Four have parents who have identified as an immigrant or refugee.
Our board members currently live in Astoria, Portland, Salem, Lake Oswego and Oak Grove, Oregon; and Brooklyn, New York.
Our board members were born in Astoria, Eugene and Lebanon, Oregon; Palo Alto and San Jose, California; Cañas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica; Grand Junction, Colorado; Vancouver, Washington; New York City and Brooklyn, New York; and Tempe, Arizona.
They grew up in Astoria, Lacomb, Salem and Portland, Oregon; Fair Play, Redwood City, Oakland, San Jose, Palo Alto, Placerville and Pleasanton, California; Grand Junction, Colorado; Anchorage, Alaska; Brooklyn, New York; Upstate New York; and Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona.
Five board members have lived in rural communities, seven have lived in suburban communities, and eight have lived in urban communities.
Christian, Catholic, lapsed Catholic, Baptist, Buddhist, none.
Two of our board members live in multigenerational households. The rest live with a partner, some married, some not. Some with kids, some without. Two identify as "empty nesters."
One of our board members is Deaf/hard of hearing.
One of our board members has Attention Deficit Disorder.
Seven women, five men.
Ten heterosexual, one gay, one lesbian.
One of our board members is in their 20s, five are in their 50s, four are in their 60s, and one is in their 70s.
Highest Level of Education
Board members: Three bachelor's degrees, three master's degrees, two MDs, one PhD.
Their parents: One middle school, three high school, three bachelor's, one master's, two technical/vocational school, one RN and one PhD.
Three NWHF board members have used public assistance.
All of our board members are home owners.
The majority use a car as their primary form of transportation, but four also use alternative forms of transportation such as walking, biking and public transit.