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 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.
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 BabyCenter.com; 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.
Director of Membership Services
As Director of Membership Services, Megan manages recruitment, retention and educational programming for OEN’s statewide network. She is focused on providing an excellent and beneficial experience for members, connecting them to resources and building a strong and thriving community.
Megan has over 13 years of professional experience which began as an AmeriCorps Member with the education organization City Year. This began 10 years in the education space where she developed programs, managed staff, trained volunteers, raised money and executed special events. In 2011, she was selected to lead the start-up of City Year’s 22nd U.S. location in Sacramento and successfully opened the doors in 6 months. Megan came to Oregon in 2013 where she most recently was leading Community Affairs for global nonprofit Idealist.org’s Portland office.
Megan holds a BA from The University of Arizona and is a proud member of her alma mater’s Wildcat for Life Alumni Leadership Council. She currently serves as Board Chair for YNPN Portland.
Megan is constantly on the search for: The best Mexican food in Portland!
2017 Board of Directors
Scott Davidson, White Summers
Sean Beers, Portland Product Werks
Graham Petersen, Geffen Mesher
David Myers Tonkon Torp
Jon Maroney, Oregon Angel Fund
Marketing & Web:
Emma Mcilroy, Wildfang
Board Leadership & Development:
Mat Ellis, Cloudability
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