Meet Blue Sky's Newest Board Member
Blue Sky and Keren officially became acquainted earlier this year at Arts Connector, an event presented by Portland's Business for Culture and the Arts (BCA) at the Nines Hotel. BCA created this special event to introduce young professionals, particularly those of color, to nonprofit arts organizations in the region looking for new board and committee members....kind of like organizational speed-dating, if you will.
Keren approached Blue Sky's table, staffed by Blue Sky's Executive Director Todd J. Tubutis and Board member Ann Kendellen, and it turned out her skills, experience, and interests were a great match for what Blue Sky had been seeking to grow its board membership.
Keren is originally from Guatemala and has lived in Oregon for more than 20 years. She is fluent in Spanish and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Portland State University. In addition to her ten plus years of banking experience, Keren worked for Intel Corporation before taking on her current position as a financial analyst for the City of Gresham.
In addition to her expertise with fiscal management and human resources, she comes to Blue Sky with a keen interest in photography, a passion which took root in 2007. Having bought an SLR camera, she figured she needed to learn how to use it and took photography classes at Mount Hood Community College. As she puts it, "the biggest impact was understanding the many stories that can be told through photography without saying a word." Keren enjoys photographing other cultures, people, landscapes, and events. And, as you might expect from a photographer with such interests, she also enjoys traveling and reading; "constant learning is a must."
We're glad we met, Keren. Welcome to Blue Sky!