Meet Our Team

Maggie Finnerty

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!

Julie Brown

Director of Special Events & Investment Groups

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.

Kerala Taylor

Director of Marketing & Communications

Kerala’s work in marketing, entrepreneurship, and social change started in the third grade. After collecting hundreds of sand dollars from San Francisco’s Ocean Beach and then having no idea what to do with them, she and her friend founded The Sandy Sensations. Their mission was simple—to save the world. They tackled this humble goal by selling the sand dollars in front of her house and donating the proceeds to environmental nonprofits.

The Sandy Sensations’ ultimate downfall was its limited inventory, but Kerala had other ideas brewing. At age 21, she co-founded The Glimpse Foundation, which merged with The National Geographic Society in 2008. She left National Geographic in 2010 to manage digital marketing for the national nonprofit KaBOOM!. Kerala holds a BA from Brown University; has blogged for many national outlets, including; and won the Elixir Press Inaugural Fiction Award for her novel, How Things Break.

Kerala is constantly on the search for: Ways to wear out her highly active children.

2017 Board of Directors

Scott Davidson, White Summers

Vice Chair:
Sean Beers, Portland Product Werks

Graham Petersen, Geffen Mesher

Tyler Harkness, Tonkon Torp

Entrepreneur Services/Programs:
Jon Maroney, Oregon Angel Fund

Marketing & Web:
Emma Mcilroy, Wildfang

Board Leadership & Development:
Mat Ellis, Cloudability

Investor Services:
Dan Ellis, Investor

Carrie Jeske, JLL

President & Executive Director:
Maggie Finnerty, OEN

2017 Advisory Board

D’Wayne Edwards, Pensole

Ken Tomita, Grovemade

Paige Hendrix Buckner, ClientJoy

Jennifer Fox, OTRADI

Chris Lincoln, barre3

Jason Bolt, Revant

2017 Program Chairs

Angel Oregon Chair: 
Steve Schwartz, Investor

Angel Oregon Vice Chair: 
Hiram Moy, Investor

Awards Dinner Chair: 
Eric Turner, JLL

Awards Dinner Vice Chair: 
Jill Nelson, Ruby Receptionists

Kathleen Everett, Boly:Welch

Mary Hull, Stoel Rives LLP

Ann McQuesten, Perkins Coie

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