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 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 Children’s Opportunity Fund Initiative of Washington County; executive committee of Rockwood Pathways Project and co-chair of the Oregon Women’s Equality 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

Senior Services

Mamak Tabrizian, Director of Senior & Adults with Disabilities Services
Mamak has been with Impact NW for 27 years. In her current position, which she has held since 1999, Mamak oversees all agency services for seniors and adults with disabilities, including transportation, case management, educational and recreational activities, and caregiver support. Mamak holds a B.A. in Communications from Lewis & Clark College and an M.S. in Counseling Education from Portland State University. She is a certified mediator and is fluent in Farsi. Mamak also sits on the Regional Transportation Coordinating Council’s Executive Committee. In addition to spending time with her family, Mamak is incredibly active in her life outside of Impact NW. She’s an active participant in Portland’s Iranian community and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Iranian Seniors’ Club, amongst her many other commitments.

Social Justice

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 as a case manager, community organizer and policy advocate, as well as the Program Director for 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, Delaware, Guatemala and India. She is excited to now be in Portland and making a meaningful and lasting contribution through advocacy, community organizing and education.