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.
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 Impact NW, 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 and on the executive committee of Rockwood Pathways Project.
Family Preservation Project
Jessica Katz, Program Manager
Jessica Katz, FPP Program Director, has served as the Coordinator since FPP began in 2003. She has been working with underserved families for over twenty years. Ms. Katz is a recognized leader in the field. She serves as an adjunct faculty at the Portland State University’s School of Social Work. She has presented at local and national conferences including: The National Even Start Association, the Centerforce Annual Summit, the Prisoner’s and Families Annual Conference, and The Portia Project’s “Women in Prison Conference”. She sat on both the statewide, and Multnomah County’s, and Children of Incarcerated Parents workgroups. Prior to her work with FPP, she worked with the Children’s Aid Society in New York City to create programs advocating for the rights of parents within the child welfare system. She also taught legal education workshops regarding the right of incarcerated parents through Columbia University’s Family Law Clinic at prisons throughout New York. She sustains long lasting relationships of trust with Graduates of FPP, and a demonstrated decade of providing the kind of support that has encouraged Graduates to start this and other Graduate-led projects.
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.
Mamk Tabrizian, Senior Services Program Director
Mamak has benn working with seniors since 1999, Mamak oversees the YWCA’s services for seniors including transportation, case management, educational and recreational activities, and caregiver support. Mamak holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Lewis & Clark College and a Master’s degree in Social Work ‐ 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 the YWCA. She’s an active participate 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 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.