Meet Our Team
President & Executive Director
Maggie has a long history of supporting entrepreneurs. She practiced corporate law for nearly five years at Stoel Rives, with a focus on small and emerging companies. She was the VP of Business Development at a Portland startup, and developed and taught the first “Law for Managers” course at PSU. She later joined the faculty of Lewis & Clark Law School to launch the Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC), where she both taught and practiced law and also served as the SBLC’s Executive Director, which provides legal support for low-income entrepreneurs. She has also served as the VP of Investor Stewardship at Greater Portland Inc. and most recently as a Client Relations Manager at Perkins Coie.
Maggie is a recipient of the Portland Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” Orchid Award (April 2011), the SBA’s Women’s Business Champion Award for both the State of Oregon and for the Northwest Region (both in June 2010) and the Portland Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award (March 2007).
Maggie is constantly on the search for: The next race to train for!
Director of Operations
Julie has 15 years of hotel management industry experience, working for entities such as Marriott Hotel Corporation, Hilton Hotel Corporation, Doubletree Hotels and Kimpton Hotel Group, as well as The RiverPlace Hotel in downtown Portland.Currently, Julie is responsible for the planning and executing of OEN’s three major annual special events: OEN’s Angel Oregon, the OEN Entrepreneurial Summit, and the OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards. She also manages OEN’s investment groups. Julie is a native Oregonian and holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of Oregon. Go Ducks!
Julie is constantly on the search for: A worthy opponent to crush on the tennis court.
Marissa holds a Masters in International Business from Newcastle University, England. With “boots on the ground” experience working with business start-ups and social entrepreneurship initiatives, she began her community development work in Ecuador and Bolivia with initiatives to improve the lives of children with Type 1 Diabetes.
Her international work in this area continued at Ashoka India in Bangalore with efforts to identify and organize social entrepreneurs that managed a variety of programs, including hospice care initiatives, environmental conservation efforts, and farming enterprise rights. She was also tasked with bringing diverse entrepreneurs together to align efforts on solving shared community problems such as improved educational pathways. Marissa is excited to utilize the experience garnered while working and studying abroad, in addition to working with local start-ups, to serve Oregon’s entrepreneurial community.
Marissa is constantly on the search for: Worthy competitors for strategy games—Settlers of Catan or Carcassonne anyone?
2018 Board of Directors
Jon Maroney, Oregon Venture Fund
President & Executive Director:
Maggie Finnerty, OEN
Caleb Pilling, Geffen Mesher
Jennifer Fox, OTRADI & OBI
Gilian Fenner, USI
PR & Marketing
Cliff Chestnut, 30 Point Strategies
Dan Ellis, Investor
Board Leadership & Development:
Mat Ellis, Cloudability
Carrie Jeske, JLL
Tyler Harkness, Tonkon Torp
Ken Tomita, Grovemade
Robyn Knox, Executive Sales Solutions
Ann McQuesten, Perkins Coie
Chris Lincoln, barre3
Derwyn Harris, Talkoot
Jim Coonan, Investor
2018 Program Chairs
Awards Dinner Chair:
Jill Nelson, Ruby Receptionists
Awards Dinner Vice Chair:
Jim McCreight, OTBC
Mary Hull, Stoel Rives LLP