Northwest Health Foundation believes that the staff 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 staff to take an identity survey. We want to hold ourselves accountable for attracting and retaining a diverse staff team.
Note: The survey was optional, and staff opted out of any questions they preferred not to answer.
Race and Ethnicity
NWHF staff identify as bi-racial, Black, Caucasian, Latino, white, Alaska Native, American, American Indian, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, European American, Filipino, German, Indigenous, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Latinx, Native, Pacific Islander, Puerto Rican, Scottish, Southeast Asian, and Welsh.
Two staff members have parents who have identified as an immigrant or refugee.
Nine of our staff members currently live in Portland, Oregon. One lives in Troutdale, Oregon.
We were born in Bellevue, Washington; Denver, Colorado; Ketchikan, Alaska; Makati Manila, Philippines; Paramount, California; Red Bank, New Jersey; Richmond, Virginia; Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico; San Francisco, California; and Santa Clara, California.
We grew up in Albany, New York; the Applegate Valley in rural Southern Oregon; Cary, North Carolina; Clemmons, North Carolina; El Centro, California; Half Moon Bay, California; Holmen, Wisconsin; Las Flores, California; Lake Tapps, Washington; Littleton, Colorado; Pendleton, Oregon; Reno, Nevada; rural Alaska; rural Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Spokane, Washington.
Agnostic, Atheist, Catholic, Native American spirituality, non-denominational Christian and none.
Two of our staff members live in a two-parent household with one or more children. Two live in a multi-generational household. Two are single parents. One is single without children. One lives with roommates. Three live with their partner and no children.
One staff member has a documented disability but does not identify publicly as a person with a disability.
One identifies as neuroqueer. She has anxiety, depression and sensory processing disorder.
Six women, four men.
Seven straight, two gay, one queer.
One of our staff members is in her 20s, six are in their 30s, and three are in their 40s.
Highest Level of Education
Us: Eight bachelor's degrees, two master's degrees.
Our parents: One middle school, one high school, one some college, four bachelor's, two master's and one PhD.
Five NWHF staff members have used public assistance.
Seven own their home. Three rent.
Seven use a car as their primary form of transportation. Three get around by public transit.
Other Ways we identify
Fat. Feminist. Nerd. Parent of many young children. Person with mental illness.