STAFF BIOS

Lisa Pellegrino
Director
Before coming to the Portland Children's 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 extensively 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 previously practiced law for four years in San Francisco. Lisa is PCL director and also oversees the After School and Hunger Relief programs.

Meg McElroy
Assistant Director
Meg has more than 15 years of public policy, program implementation and research experience with a focus on children. Before moving to the Northwest, she worked with the Arizona Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism developing service learning programs. 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 oversess the Early Childhood and Mentoring programs.

Lisa Hansell
Grant Manager

Lisa has dedicated more than 25 years to improving the health, education, safety and well being of children and families. Before joining the Children's Levy, she worked for the Multnomah County Commission on Children, Famlies and Community 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.

Mary Gay Broderick
C
ommunications and Outreach Director
Mary Gay has 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.

John Kelly
Fiscal and Administrative Specialist
John has worked for nearly 15 years years in financial management with a recent focus on nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the Portland Children's Levy, 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.