Our Staff

Lisa Pellegrino

Director

Lisa has been with the Children’s Levy for 16 years. Before coming to the Levy, Lisa worked for the Portland Development Commission/ Portland Family of Funds on the agency's applications for New Market Tax Credits. Prior to that, she spent three years as the Policy Director for the Multnomah County Commission on Children, Families and Community, where she worked on policy initiatives in the early childhood and school-aged services arenas. Before entering the children's services world, Pellegrino was a part-owner of the Portland Pretzel Company for five years, and practiced law for four years in San Francisco. Lisa is PCL director and also oversees the After School and Hunger Relief grants. In her spare time, Lisa likes to be outside biking, hiking and walking the neighborhoods with her dog, cooking and hearing live music.
Lisa's calendar: July 1 - Sept. 30, 2019

Meg McElroy

Assistant Director

Meg has more than 20 years of public policy, project management, program implementation and research experience with a focus on children and families. Before moving to the Northwest, she worked with the Arizona Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism developing community-based service learning programs for school-age children. Meg has a Master in Public Administration from the University of Washington's Evans School, where she also worked as a research assistant with the Center on Reinventing Public Education. After graduating, she lived in Guatemala researching how to bring teen health programs to local communities. She has also worked as a substitute elementary school teacher and as an after-school teacher. Meg is PCL assistant director and also oversees the Levy’s grant portfolios of Early Childhood and Mentoring programs. In her free time, she enjoys visiting Oregon’s beautiful outdoors with her two young children, husband, and friends.

Lisa Hansell

Grant Manager

Lisa has dedicated more than 25 years to improving the health, education, safety and wellbeing of children and families. Before joining the Children's Levy, she worked for the Multnomah County Commission on Children, Families and Community and the Health Department as the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinator where she worked with diverse partners to create the Community Safety Net. Prior to moving to the Northwest, Lisa was the executive director of the Del Norte Child Care Council, where she established several after-school programs, a teen parenting program and a co-op preschool. Lisa oversees the Child Abuse Prevention/Intervention and Foster Care programs. In her spare time, Lisa likes to spend time with family and friends, participate in Zumba and yoga classes, and relax at the beach.

Arika Bridgeman-Bunyoli

Small Grants Manager

Arika received her Master of Public Health from Oregon State University where she studied international health with a focus on culturally just and effective maternal and child health programs. She received her BA from Antioch College in cultural and interdisciplinary studies with a focus on multicultural primary education, and also received an Ohio teacher’s certification for grades K-8. She has spent most of her career working on issues impacting children and families in marginalized communities including working as a preschool teacher, English/Swahili speaking Parent Educator, and a Community Organizer for Stand for Children.  As a Community Health Worker (CHW) she served African immigrant and refugee families prior to moving to the Multnomah County Capacitation Center where she developed curriculum for CHW training and co-facilitated CHW training. Arika’s last position before moving to PCL was as the Early Life Programs Director at the Oregon Community Health Workers Association where she managed the Community Education Worker (CEW) program and two Community Health Worker programs in chronic disease and maternal and child health.
She is passionate about addressing the role of systemic racism and oppression in health and educational outcomes, cultural humility, popular education and community empowerment. 

Mary Gay Broderick

Communications and Outreach Director

Mary Gay has more than 30 years of experience in journalism, public relations and marketing, including covering all aspects of education, children's issues, social services and public affairs. She was a reporter at five newspapers throughout the country, served as director of communications at a Denver school district and was marketing director of a Colorado engineering firm. Prior to coming to the Portland Children's Levy, she spent seven years in marketing and public relations for a wide array of medical, education, environmental and business organizations in Oregon. Mary Gay was a Kiplinger Fellow in Public Affairs Reporting at Ohio State University where she earned her Master's Degree in Journalism. She loves to travel, bike, ski and spend time outdoors with her family and shop with her girlfriends.

John Kelly

Fiscal and Administrative Specialist

John joined the Levy in November 2006. Prior to joining PCL, he worked as an accountant and auditor in Portland. John also has managed the operations of a small business and worked in program management in the nonprofit sector. He received his Master's Degree in Peace Studies from the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame. He studied accounting at Portland State University.

John Coghlan

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

John is a digital strategist, visual storyteller, and multimedia-based organizer. From congressional candidate races to statewide ballot initiatives, he’s designed and managed digital communications plans for more than 100 public information, issue advocacy, and electoral campaigns. Born in Ireland, John studied Modern History and produced documentaries, commercials, and news as both a sound recordist and camera operator. Prior to joining the Portland Children’s Levy as the communications coordinator, John led a team in the planning and implementation of strategic digital communications programs as digital director of a leading political media agency in Oregon.