Our Team

The strength of the YWCA lies in our people, and we are proud to be a part of a talented, dedicated and highly skilled team.

Executive Team

Susan Stoltenberg, Executive Director

Susan is a recognized leader in the Portland community, having served as executive director of many agencies over the past 40 years, including Cascade AIDS Project, Mt. Scott Park Center for Learning, The New Rose Theatre, and Open Adoption & Family Services. Her education includes Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and Portland State University with a major in journalism and pre-law/social science. She has demonstrated successful leadership skills in non-profit organizational, financial and program development, education, marketing, advocacy, fundraising, and outreach. She has served in a number of politically related capacities including as a Commissioner on the Washington County Commission on Children and Families, Commissioner on the Portland Housing and Community Development Commission, a member of the SUN Service System Task Force, and on the Special Needs Committee of the Housing and Community Development Commission. She is currently the co-chair of the Washington County Kids Fund, on the executive committee of Rockwood Pathways Project, and co-chair of the Oregon Women’s Equity Coalition.

Family Preservation Project

Jessica Katz, Program Manager
Jessica Katz, program manager for the Family Preservation Project, was announced as the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Reunication Hero in June 2015. Using the the ABA’s Project as a resource for legal assistance and technical support, Jessica fights for incarcerated mothers’ parental rights. She also facilitates empowerment by bringing the Even Start Program, a family literacy and parenting education curriculum, to Oregon’s only women’s prison. Even when Oregon’s Child Protective Services has publicly announced its plans to terminate a parent’s rights and move toward permanency through adoption exclusively, Jessica continues to fight and ensure that detained mothers are represented fairly.

Domestic Violence Services

Becky Beier, Program Manager
Becky has been working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence for almost 10 years in residential and community based settings. She is a recognized leader and innovator in the implementation of housing advocacy services for survivors in the Portland area. Working with the YWCA of Greater Portland for 5 years, Becky is a member of the Family Violence Coordination Council, the Tri-County Domestic and Sexual Violence Intervention Network, the Multnomah County Leadership Coalition and has been a consistent member of the advocacy team working in Multnomah County to implement Coordinated Access for survivors requesting housing services. In March of 2014, Becky was part of the team that led the recreation of services to survivors to its current model, the Yolanda Project. In collaboration with the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services and Home Forward, formerly the Housing Authority of Portland, the Yolanda Project seeks to support domestic and sexual assault survivors that are at risk of homelessness due to abuse.

Senior Services

Adrienne Akin, Program Manager

Adrienne has been working with older adults for over ten years. She has worked in a variety of positions providing direct service to seniors and adults with disabilities living in low income housing, nursing and residential care facilities. Adrienne’s passion started young as she was very close with her grandparents and volunteered her time helping seniors at local memory care and assisted living facilities. She has an associates in Mental Health and Human Services and received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Concordia University in Portland.

Social Justice Program

Dara Snyder, Social Justice Program Manager
Dara has been working for social justice in different capacities for over ten years. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University, and has previously worked in direct service, community organizing and policy advocacy, as well as directing multiple crisis alleviation services (including food, clothing and housing). Her work has spanned the country and the globe – she has lived and worked for social transformation in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Delaware, Guatemala and India. She is excited to join us in Portland and to be making a meaningful and lasting contribution through advocacy, community engagement and education.