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 White, Black, Human, Multi-ethnic, American, Northern European, Croatian, German, Irish, Indonesian, Dutch, Italian, Scottish, Danish, Hispanic, Latino, Puerto Rican, Polish, English, Asian, Southeast Asian, Korean American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Pacific Islander.
One of our staff members identifies as an immigrant. Three have parents who have identified as an immigrant or refugee.
All of our staff members currently live in Portland, OR.
We were born in Ketchikan, Alaska; Richmond, Virginia; Carolina, Puerto Rico; Makati Manila, Philippines; Saigon, Vietnam; Red Bank, New Jersey; Paramount, Santa Clara and San Francisco, California; Denver, Colorado; and Bellevue, Washington.
We grew up in Pendleton and Jacksonville, Oregon; Los Baños, Laguna, Phillippines; the Siletz Indian Reservation; an island in SE Alaska; Saigon, Vietnam; Seoul, Korea; Frankfurt, Germany; Raleigh, Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Cary and Clemmons North Carolina; Killeen, Texas; Las Flores, El Centro and Half Moon Bay California; Reno, Nevada; Albany, New York; Holmen, Wisconsin; Littleton, Colorado; and Lake Tapps, Lakewood, Pullman, Prescott, Vancouver and Spokane, Washington.
Eight staff have lived in rural communities, seven have lived in suburban communities, and ten have lived in urban communities.
Native American Church, Catholic, Christian nondenominational, Agnostic, Atheist.
Four of our staff members live with a partner with no children. Three are married with kids. Two are single parents. Two live on their own. One lives in a three-generation household, and one lives with roommates.
Two of our staff members are hard of hearing.
One identifies as a person with mental illness.
One identifies as having anxiety and depression.
Seven women, four men.
Eight heterosexual, two gay, one bisexual.
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, three master's degrees.
Our parents: One middle school, three high school, five bachelor's, one master's and one PhD.
Seven NWHF staff members have used public assistance.
Seven own their home. Four rent.
The majority use a car as their primary form of transportation, but three get around by public transit or bicycle.