4th Annual Bridges Convening

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The Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) invites you to join us for the 4th Annual Bridges Convening for a day of networking, relationship-building, and discussions on cross-community issues and meaningful leadership!

All current cohort and alumni members from the African American Leadership Academy, African Leadership Development Institute, Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute, LEAD, Slavic Leadership Development Project and Unid@s are invited and encouraged to attend.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. A hosted reception will follow from 4:30-6 PM.

Stipends for childcare and travel will be provided with advanced notice.

Attention Bridges alumni and current cohort members: Please register in advance and update your Bridges Profile in the Directory. Alumni and current cohort who have updated their profiles and are present during the reception, which immediately follows the convening, have a chance to win an iPad (one of two we have to give away!) or a $50 Visa gift card!

For more information, contact Nakisha Nathan, Leadership Development Director, at



Mary Moller
Director, Executive Appointments & Constituent Services
Office of Governor Kate Brown



Mary is currently the Director of Executive Appointments and Constituent Services in the Office of Governor Kate Brown.  The Director engages with a variety of stakeholder groups across the state to identify qualified volunteers to serve on Oregon's over 300 boards and commissions.  The Director recommends candidates for the Governor's selection and guides appointments through the Senate confirmation process.  In addition to Executive Appointments, she manages Governor Brown’s Constituent Services operations and supervises team members who execute constituent responses.

Mary moved to Washington, D.C. after graduating from college to be the Legislative Director for the United States Student Association (USSA) where she worked on national policy to increase access to quality higher education including the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. After her time at USSA, Mary went to the Hill and joined the Office of Congressman David Wu as a Legislative Assistant where she worked on many policy areas including energy, transportation, natural resources, and education.  Before joining the Governor's office Mary was the Director of Local and Federal Government Relations in Portland State University’s Office of Government Relations where she supported President Wim Wiewel’s vision and transforming work at PSU that resulted in a stronger urban serving four-year university in the heart of Portland.

Mary is an Oregonian and a graduate of Portland State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development. During her time at PSU, she was proud to serve as student body President and was often involved with advocating for higher education in Oregon’s state capital and in Washington, D.C.

Contact information:

For more information, contact Nakisha Nathan, Leadership Development Director, at

July 2015 Equity Lens: Bridges Update

CCC's Leadership Development Initiative's New Name and New Look!

The CCC's Leadership Development Initiative is now known as BRIDGES: A Leadership Initiative for Oregon's Communities of Color! BRIDGES’ mission is to expand the capacity of communities of color to self-organize, network, build culturally-specific social capital, and develop our own pathways to equity. BRIDGES houses six culturally-specific leadership programs led by CCC member organizations and provides cross-cultural networking and support.

Congratulations to the graduates of the 2014-2015 programs!

2015 API CLI Graduating Cohort

2015 API CLI Graduating Cohort

Each year, leaders in the six culturally-specific programs collectively contribute over 12,000 hours of work, undergo 4000 hours of culturally-specific training, receive over 1300 hours of mentorship, and engage approximately 2000 community members through cohort-led action projects and campaigns.

You can learn more about BRIDGES and stay updated through our new quarterly newsletter, Leaders Bridge, where we share program updates, leader spotlights, upcoming events and leadership opportunities to engage in our work and communities.

For more information about BRIDGES or to sign up for the Leaders Bridge Newsletter please email Jessica Lee, Leadership Development Manager, at