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Meet Todays Panel

Angela Hult,
President, Kuni Foundation

Angela’s career combines her personal and professional commitment to service and spans philanthropy, investor relations, global media, strategic communications, and social impact investing. She applies an entrepreneurial approach to the development of impactful programs for both nonprofit and for-profit sectors and activates this practice as President of the Kuni Foundation, a private regional foundation with assets of more than $260 million. Angela develops and implements strategy for grant programs, advocacy, brand, communications and mission investing in service to advancing innovations in cancer research and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.

She has served her community on regional and national boards, including chair of the Center for Women's Leadership, vice chair of the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and as a board member of Albertina Kerr, Children First for Oregon and Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts. In 2016, she was named a Woman of Influence by the Portland Business Journal and has appeared in Time, The New York Times and on 20/20. A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, she enjoys the outdoors, fly fishing and the arts.

Monique Claiborne, President & CEO, Greater Portland Inc.

Monique was selected as GPI’s new president & CEO after a national search, and assumed the role at a time when strong economic development leadership was crucial to the region’s recovery. Monique is leading the organization into a new era, overseeing GPI’s efforts to grow jobs and investment in Greater Portland and ensuring the region’s economic development strategy paves the way for prosperity for all.

Monique is deeply invested in the Greater Portland community, and serves on the board of directors for the Portland Business Alliance and Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette. She is also passionate about ending mass incarceration. Prior to the pandemic, Monique volunteered at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon’s only women’s prison, empowering women through entrepreneurship.

Maria Isabel Ellis, Economic Equity Manager, Oregon Department of Transportation

Maria Isabel Ellis brings nearly 15 years of economic development, administration, and policy experience to her role as Economic Equity Manager at Oregon Department of Transportation. Before joining ODOT, Maria served as executive director of the Pacific Northwest International Trade Association (PNITA) and director of federal affairs at the Portland Business Alliance – working in those roles to advocate for Oregon’s traded-sector and international trade economies with federal partners.


In her current work, Maria leverages her past economic development experience to design and implement strategies that leverage ODOT’s public investments for the benefit of BIPOC-owned firms and the communities ODOT serves. Maria is a proud immigrant from Colombia and has a master’s in urban and regional planning from Portland State University. 


Lorelei Juntunen, Partner & President Elect, ECONorthwest

Lorelei is a Partner and President Elect of ECONorthwest, a west coast economic and policy consultancy. Lorelei’s consulting work focuses on the evaluation of the intersection of public investment, policy choices, and community development, and economic outcomes. Many recent projects have focused on the implementation of equitable housing outcomes, including the development of the State of Oregon’s first Statewide Housing Plan and affordable housing policies for many Oregon communities.

Lorelei also develops and implements corporate growth and financial strategies, with responsibility for creating productive and supportive firm culture through day-to-day operational decisions. Lorelei sits on the Board of Directors and serves as the Vice President of Operations for ECONorthwest. She is a Trustee for Oregon’s Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and serves on the Board of Bravo Youth Orchestras. 

Todays Schedule - December 2, 2021

7:30 am: Networking and registration

7:55 am: Welcome introduction, Candace Beeke, Market President & Publisher, Portland Business Journal

8:00 am: Sponsor Introduction, Miller Nash LLP 

8:05 am: Conversation with Economic Development Panel 

8:55 am: Sponsor Giveaway, Miller Nash LLP

9:00 am: Closing, Candace Beeke, Portland Business Journal

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