Meet the Judges: Ashley Henry, Chief Collaboration Officer for Business For A Better Portland

Ashley Henry is the Chief Collaboration Officer for Business For A Better Portland. BBPDX is a rapidly growing business membership organization whose goal is to ensure Portland is an equitable city where prosperity can be shared by all.   Represented industries include design, real estate, transportation, retail and technology.  She leads the organization’s efforts to engage Portland’s entrepreneurs the civic processes that shape the direction of the city and region. Within 5 months from launch, BBPDX was recognized by the Portland Business Journal as one of the region’s Top 25 Chambers of Commerce.   Ashley was also named “One of 18 To Watch in 2018” by the Portland Business Journal.

Prior to her work with BBPDX, Ashley served as Community Engagement Manager for Beneficial State Foundation, the nonprofit entity that owns the economic interest of Beneficial State Bank.  In that role, she provided business development services to the mission-driven bank while also managing community affairs with the organization’s nonprofit partners, fellow B Corps, and policy leaders who shared the bank’s and foundation’s vision for a more environmentally and socially just society.  During her tenure, she launched an annual event called “Money on a Mission” which brought together a diversity of lending institutions and agencies to provide education and networking opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

She also managed business partnerships for the non-profit Climate Solutions where she led the engagement of Oregon business leaders in clean energy and climate policy advocacy.

Ashley also worked for one of the nation’s leading renewable energy law firms, Stoel Rives LLP. While there, she built strong networks of project developers, investors and entrepreneurs to build the firm’s renewable energy and clean tech practices.  Ashley was one of the first staff for the Oregon Business Association where she managed the environment and economic development committee that addressed environmental policy issues.

Ashley is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum of Oregon.  In 2016, she played a leading fundraising role for the Yes for Affordable Homes campaign (Portland housing bond measure).

As a singer, she has produced shows at notable venues such as The Doug Fir and Jimmy Mak’s to raise funds for local nonprofits The Wetlands Conservancy and My Voice Music.

Come see Ashley as she joins Cassidy Quinn and judges the Schoolhouse Supplies Celebrity Spelling Bee presented by Fred Meyer. Who will win? Get your tickets to find out!

 

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