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Debra Porta-Executive Director

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Debra Porta has been actively engaged with Pride Northwest as volunteer, as Board President (2007-2015), and now as Executive Director, since 2006. Under Debra’s leadership, Pride Northwest as home to the annual Portland Pride Festival and Parade, has grown into a nationally-recognized Pride organization. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Debra studied at Portland State University, receiving her Master’s in Public Administration with a Specialization in Nonprofit Management.

Debra believes strongly in the power of Pride as far more than a single event (or even month of events). A dedication to inclusion and a respect for all of the identities that make up our community underscores Debra’s approach to community engagement and to Pride. When not living Pride, Debra lives in North Portland with her wife and four-legged children, supporting and advising various grassroots community groups.

 
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Max West-Pride Registration and Exhibitor Relations

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Max joined Pride Northwest in 2012, first as a Festival volunteer and now staff, coordinating registration processes and overseeing the Pride Waterfront Festival site. Max’s extensive experience in meeting and event planning has proven invaluable to Pride Northwest.

A graduate of Portland State University, Max’s career focus is community psychology and community-based research. Out since 1976, Max has long celebrated Christopher Street Remembrance Day, the name Pride goes by in many parts of the world, and its original name.

According to Max, Pride is important to him because “I know what it is like to have to hide, and I know what it feels like to have hidden and no longer do so. I believe that the community aspects of Pride serve as social currency, elements that enable an individual to behave with autonomy and feel a sense of belonging and community connection.”

 
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Megan Reno-Volunteer and Administrative Assistant

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Megan began her journey with Pride Northwest as a volunteer in 2015. When she isn't working part-time for Pride Northwest, Megan spends her time going to college and raising her kiddo. Megan lives in a tiny home and can often be found with a wrench or a screwdriver wearing a confused scowl - every day is an adventure!"

 
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Angela Ogren-Volunteer Coordinator

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Angela been actively involved with Pride Northwest since 2007. After previously serving on the board of directors for two years, they have worked with Pride Northwest part-time for the last three years. Angela holds a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice from Portland State University and works full-time with Janus Youth Project, supporting at-risk youth.