Young Adult Leadership Advisory Board (LAB)

SAGE’s LAB serves as an intergenerational bridge to advance solutions to challenges facing coming generations.

“Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation.”

Simon Sinek


SAGE’s young adult Leadership Advisory Board (LAB) serves as an intergenerational bridge to advance solutions to challenges facing younger and future generations. Our team of young leaders meet on the first Wednesday of each month from 6-8 pm in downtown Portland.

The LAB reviews new candidates on a rolling basis throughout the year. We are looking for a diverse group of young Leaders and younger generations (i.e. Millennials and Gen Z). Read more about the LAB below, and apply through our LAB Application Form.

What does the LAB do?

We nurture a healthy and prosperous future through intergenerational teams that:

  1. Help identify and prioritize the challenges facing our shared future;
  2. Confront these challenges through intergenerational action; and
  3. Create an enduring culture of activism and civic duty in young and older adults, and inspire them to volunteer in efforts prioritized by the LAB.
What will I do as a LAB Leader?

Together with other LAB Leaders, you will prioritize challenges facing younger and future generations, and identify specific projects or solutions that could be advanced through intergenerational action. You will work with SAGE programming such as the Legacy Fellowship or Connections or launch something new to really make a difference.

LAB Leader Role Description | High School LAB Leader Role Description

Benefits to LAB Leaders

Participants receive a leadership opportunity to engage others in service and advocacy roles benefiting younger and future generations, and a path to action on causes important to them. Specifically:

  • Leadership Training: SAGE offers leadership training to LAB Leaders by engaging them in decision-making processes, and developing their leadership skills.
  • Activism: SAGE helps LAB Leaders clarify and affirm some of the ways that they can address the causes most important to them by working with SAGE.
  • Advocacy: SAGE members may be more excited to volunteer/advocate alongside a LAB Leader because both parties would know one another through SAGE.
  • Mentorship: SAGE members may be able to mentor a LAB Leader, offering real life experience in activism and soft skill development.
Why should I apply for a LAB Leader position?

LAB Leaders make a lasting impact by finding intergenerational solutions to challenges faced by younger and future generations. They connect with new communities of practice through SAGE’s linkages to diverse groups and partners and they demonstrate leadership and advance scholarship or career by developing a personal action plan and networking with other leaders.

LAB Leader Responsibilities

What is my commitment?

  • Serve approximately 10 hours per month on the LAB.
  • Major activities include meeting preparation and participation, committee work, and making progress on your personal goals.
  • Participate fully and constructively in discussions, and encourage others to do the same.
  • Serve as an Ambassador for SAGE and the LAB, and foster a positive working relationship between peer leaders, SAGE and the community.
  • We seek Leaders who can serve for at least 18 months, however we realize life can be unpredictable and will work with you if you have some constraints.

Documents for Download

LAB January Update

LAB January Update

Initial notes and insights from our very first focus group (yay!).  

December LAB Update

December LAB Update

The vision of the future the LAB is collectively working to bring forth.

LAB Leadership Team

Kristen Grauer, Chair

Development Manager, Green Empowerment

Kristen joined the LAB because she believes in the power of intergenerational work to address challenges facing the future. In addition to serving on the LAB, Kristen serves as Program Manager at Partners in Diversity, a nonprofit that seeks to address employers’ critical needs for achieving and empowering a workforce that reflects the rapidly changing demographics of the Pacific Northwest. She also volunteers with the Grauer Back-to-School Project, a nonprofit organization that prepares immigrant and refugee families in Southwest Portland for the academic year. She holds a B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University, majoring in Global Studies and minoring in Marketing and Hispanic Studies.

Danielle Lessler, Vice Chair, Board Member

Danielle​ is the Vice Chair of the LAB and also serves on SAGE’s Board of Directors. She is as an audit senior assistant at the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Originally from the United Kingdom, she has become an active member of the Portland State University community and is passionate about helping other students meet their educational and career goals. Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts from PSU in Accounting and Supply Chain Management. She is passionate about the oceans and spending time on the water.

Lori J. Davidson, LAB Board Liaison and LAB Godmother

SAGE Board Member

Lori recruited the co-chairs, co-developed the LAB, and serves as the LAB-SAGE Board Liaison because she believes people from different generations energize one another to discover new ways to understand the world and do great things. Lori is a marketing professional with thirty years of experience in business and non profit leadership, marketing strategy and nonprofit communications. She recently served as the Marketing Director for the Northwest Earth Institute. She also served as Marketing Director at Intel Corp for fifteen years, and as a Senior Director for National Fundraising for Oregon Public Broadcasting. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA in marketing from Santa Clara University.