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.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Miles blends experience working with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and startups with a knack for implementing efficiencies and a passion for storytelling. As a manager in the banking industry, he planned and managed projects and events for hundreds of employees, trained and led dozens of service and sales teams, and collaborated with a diverse set of multi-cultural stakeholders across North America and Mexico. In 2016, Miles returned to school and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Portland State University and certificates in digital marketing, project management, and Google Analytics. Since then, he has provided business consulting to a variety of organizations and entrepreneurs, and written and hosted a 10-episode business podcast for KPSU. He manages a business and lifestyle blog and holds a second Bachelor’s degree, in Spanish, from the University of Oregon.
Miles is constantly on the search for: Collaborators, creative ideas, and karaoke.
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?
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Originally from Seattle, Clara has spent her whole life in the PNW. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Portland, where she served as Vice President of the Student Alumni Association and attended a semester at Global Education Oregon in London. She’s had experience working in customer service and consulting, including designing a peer mentorship program based on research and one-on-one interviews. In addition, she’s conducted multiple case studies for Forum Solutions, LLC in Seattle. Currently, Clara uses her organizational skills and mind for creativity to execute event planning tasks and digital marketing initiatives at OEN that include social media marketing, event marketing, and email marketing.
Clara is constantly on the search for: Another high-energy workout to hit the gym with.
2018 Board of Directors
President & Executive Director:
Maggie Finnerty, OEN
Jon Maroney, Oregon Venture Fund
Carrie Jeske, JLL
Caleb Pilling, Geffen Mesher
Tyler Harkness, Tonkon Torp
Jennifer Fox, OTRADI & OBI
Gilian Fenner, USI
PR & Marketing
Cliff Chestnut, 30 Point
Dan Ellis, Investor
Robyn Knox, Executive Sales Solutions
Ken Tomita, Grovemade
Food & Beverage Cluster:
Ron Milio, Dave’s Killer Bread
Ann McQuesten, Perkins Coie
Derwyn Harris, Talkoot
Jim Coonan, Investor
Scott Davidson, White Summers Caffee & James
2018 Program Chairs
Awards Dinner Chair:
Jill Nelson, Ruby Receptionists
Awards Dinner Vice Chair:
Jim McCreight, OTBC
Mary Hull, Stoel Rives LLP