October 24, 2022

New Members on our Board of Directors

Friends of the Children – Portland is pleased to announce three additions to our Board of Directors.

Anne Mersereau is currently VP of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion at Portland General Electric, Anne leads PGE’s efforts to develop, attract, and retain a diverse, inclusive and engaged workforce. She is an active member of the community with a passion for education and workforce development. She works with policymakers and industry leaders to remove barriers to entry in the clean energy industry through climate justice curriculum, training, and mentorship programs. In 2017, Anne was appointed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to the Oregon Workforce and Talent and Development Board and is also a member of the Partners in Diversity Leadership Council.

Kristen Zervis is the VP of Talent and Culture at LegitScript and brings with her over 18 years of human resources experience. When asked “why FriendsPDX?” Kristen shared her belief that all children, no matter their situation, should have someone providing consistent support and guidance to help them navigate life’s challenges. She is thrilled to be a part of the FriendsPDX Board of Directors, working alongside other incredible, inspirational leaders who are committed to making this happen.

Alexis Braly James is the Founder and CEO of Construct the Present. When asked “Why FriendsPDX?” Alexis shared, “I joined the FriendsPDX Board of Directors because the mission and values align with the personal and professional commitment I made when I left the public sector. Supporting an organization focused on serving youth for 12+ years no matter what fills my cup and revitalizes me in a similar way teaching did. Now that I am no longer in the classroom, I look forward to the opportunity to stay connected to organizations that serve youth.

Please join us in welcoming Anne, Kristen, and Alexis!