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.”
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:
- Help identify and prioritize the challenges facing our shared future;
- Confront these challenges through intergenerational action; and
- 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.
In Year 1, the LAB developed nine compelling project ideas for SAGE’s Legacy Fellowship program. LAB Leaders view these ideas as a conversation starter to expand and develop upon. In many cases, LAB Leaders consulted with nonprofit partners to develop these projects. Notably, the LAB also applied their own Equity Lens to identify projects to help our most vulnerable communities.
In Year 2, the LAB developed a survey to gather data from other young leaders about the initiatives and obstacles most important to emerging generations.
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.
LAB Leadership Team
Kristen Grauer serves as the LAB Chair and is also Development Manager at Green Empowerment, a Portland-based nonprofit that delivers clean water and renewable energy to communities around the world. She champions Green Empowerment’s local fundraising efforts, donor stewardship activities and external communications strategy. She is deeply connected to Portland’s nonprofit sector having previously worked for organizations like the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and Partners Diversity. She holds a B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University, majoring in Global Studies, with a focus on international development and Latin American social and political history.
Danielle Lessler 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 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.
Alli Davis graduated from Portland State University with degrees in accounting and finance. She published an undergraduate thesis which analyzes how universities can better support transfer students while they search for internships and full-time jobs. She serves as the Alumni Co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee within Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting honors society that strives to bridge the gap between academia and the professional world. She believes intergenerational mentorship makes higher education more accessible and increases the financial security of future generations.
Phoebe Petersen is the Program and Communications Specialist for the Oregon literacy nonprofit SMART (Start Making A Reader Today). She has worked in the education field in various capacities, including as an elementary school teacher in Baltimore, a media coordinator for a global education organization, and through volunteer work with a prison education organization. She holds a B.A. in history from the University of Oregon, and a master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins University.
Amelia Diana (Retired)
Passion: Civics and community engagement, environmental awareness and policy.
Akash Singh (Retired)
Passion: Sustainable Solutions, air quality, environmental justice, writing
Mike Kimble is a graduate student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at Portland State University, with interests in GIS, sustainability and equity initiatives and applications, and the future of Portland planning in general. He is currently an intern at the City of Milwaukie’s Public Works Department. Mike is originally from Northeast Pennsylvania, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree, and currently resides across the Columbia River in southern Washington. During his undergraduate work, he participated in his campus’ Beyond Coal Campaign and Green Campus Initiative, and chose to attend PSU specifically for its sustainability focus. He hopes to use his time at the LAB advocating for, and learning how to promote, sustainability initiatives that are equitably and evenly distributed.
Kelsey Shaw is in her second year as the Secretary of the LAB. She is the Member Services Administrator as the Mazamas, where she channels her passion for conservation and the outdoors into supporting mountaineering education programs and environmental advocacy efforts. Kelsey holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Pacific University.
James Ellsworth (Co-chair, retired)
Passion: Environmental policy
Carmen Vintro (Retired)
Born and raised in Oregon, Andrew has always had a big heart for empowering communities around him. Through doing various leadership camps and programs and volunteering an entire summer with Beaverton PAL, he strongly believes in paying it forward every chance he gets. He holds a B.A. from University of Oregon, majoring in Advertising, and since he graduated, he has experience being the executive director of the non-profit Kidstarter and has since joined the non-profit YEBW (Young Entrepreneurs Business Week) as the student engagement officer. Apart from traveling around Oregon to inspire high school youth, he is also a public speaking coach and published author. A fan of puns, you can find his book “Toucan Play at this Game: A story of 100 Bird Puns” on Amazon. He looks forward to making a big impact with SAGE!
Kelly Ryu (Retired)
Passion: Homelessness, Taekwondo