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.

Megan O'Leary

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’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!

2016 Board of Directors

Scott Davidson, White Summers

Vice Chair:
Jason Bolt, Revant

Graham Petersen, Geffen Mesher

Jeffrey Woodcox, Tonkon Torp

Entrepreneur Services/Programs:
Jon Maroney, Oregon Angel Fund

Marketing & Web:
Emma Mcilroy, Wildfang

Board Leadership & Development:
Mat Ellis, Cloudability

Investor Services:
Terry St. Marie, Investor

Ernie Bootsma, Ater Wynne

President & Executive Director:
Linda Weston, OEN

2016 Advisory Board

D’Wayne Edwards, Pensole

Ken Tomita, Grovemade

Paige Hendrix Buckner, ClientJoy

Jennifer Fox, OTRADI

John Hull, U of O, Business Innovation Center

Scott Sandler, Oregon Angel Fund (past Board Chair)

2016 Program Chairs

Angel Oregon Chair: 
Ana Andueza, Investor, CFO

Angel Oregon Vice Chair: 
Steve Schwartz, Investor/Entrepreneur

Awards Dinner Chair: 
Gilian Fenner, USI

Awards Dinner Vice Chair: 
Eric Turner, JLL

Peter Kwong, Perkins & Co

Mary Hull, Stoel Rives LLP

Entrepreneurial Summit: 
Sean Beers, Portland Product Werks

Ann McQuesten, White Summers

Support OEN Programs and Services

As the state’s fastest-growing entrepreneurial network, we rely on your support to create high-quality programs, services, and networking events that foster community, create jobs, and drive innovation.

Give an OEN Scholarship

By giving a budding entrepreneur an OEN scholarship, you can open the door to the resources, know-how, and networks he or she needs to move from vision to action.

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