Staff, Board, and LAB

SAGE is based in Oregon. Our board, staff, and volunteers work together to advance our mission. We are grateful for the guidance and support from our Young Leaders Advisory Board (LAB).

STAFF

Britt Christiaansen

Britt Christiaansen

Project Manager for SAGE Mentors Program at Parkrose

Britt Christiansen leads SAGE’s Mentors Program at Parkrose Middle School. Her role is to liaison between mentors and students who are gaining support for English language learning and more. She is a passionate teacher who believes that it takes a village to truly educate all students. In addition to working with SAGE, she currently teaches Language Arts to seventh graders at the school. She is thrilled to work with such a dedicated group of people. Britt is an outdoor enthusiast and a pet lover. She lives in Milwaukie with her partner, two dogs, and a cat.

hello (at) wearesage.org

(971) 717-6570

Melanie Mejia

Melanie Mejia

Vision 2030 Team Coordinator

Melanie is the coordinator of SAGE’s Vision 2030 team, which offers education to middle and high school students about the City of Portland and Multnomah 2030 climate goal. Melanie is our lead presenter of the Keystone Lesson on Climate Change and Justice and she coordinates the engagement of our Climate Educators who present the lesson in local schools.

Melanie has over three years of experience as a community organizer. While completing her Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain and Logistics Management at Portland State University, she served as the Feminist of Color Community Project Coordinator for the PSU Women’s Resource Center. Melanie also served as a Planning Fellow with the Portland Youth Climate Summit where she gained experience centering the voices of frontline community leaders fighting for climate justice.

hello (at) wearesage.org

(971) 717-6570

Steve Higgs

Steve Higgs

Executive Director

Steve Higgs leads SAGE’s efforts to inspire older adults to give forward for younger and future generations. He is responsible for implementing SAGE’s programs, and managing its communications and operations. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two young children, who remind him that the well-being of future generations depends on the choices we make today.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Special thanks to our all-volunteer Board of Directors!

  • Joe Dabek
  • Kristen Grauer
  • Ward Greene, President
  • Bill Howe
  • Ben Manny
  • Neal Naigus
  • Rick Nitti
  • Sheila Panyam
  • Elizabeth Schellberg, Secretary
  • Marcus Wood
  • Download our Board Director Biographies to learn more about our Board.

YOUNG ADULT LEADERSHIP ADVISORY BOARD

SAGE’s LAB is a program for young adults who serve as an intergenerational bridge to advance solutions to challenges facing younger and future generations. We are fortunate to work closely with our LAB Leaders.

  • Sid Agrawal, Co-Chair
  • Alli Davis
  • Thea Donovan
  • AJ Edwards
  • Surya Panyam
  • Cameron Wick, Co-Chair

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