We’re delighted to share some team news: Reianna DaRosa, Director of Programs, recently completed the American Leadership Forum (ALF) of Oregon’s Fellows Program, joining more than 700 Senior Fellows in Oregon to date.
“The American Leadership Forum of Oregon brings diverse leaders together to network, collaborate and learn,” Reianna said. “The mission of ALF isn’t just to connect and strengthen leaders, but to help these leaders problem-solve, engage their communities and serve the common good.”
Ultimately it was ALF’s core values that attracted Reianna to the program, including empowerment, relationship-building, diversity, equity and inclusion, and “the responsibility we all have to help and serve our communities.”
As part of the year-long experience, Reianna traveled monthly to pockets of the state and met with leaders from communities like The Dalles, Sisters, Grande Ronde, Roseburg, Woodburn and Portland, among others. Each session focused on a critical issue impacting the community at hand and incorporated lessons from ALF’s core mission. These lessons have long-lasting value for Reianna’s work with the Habitat for Humanity network.
“Besides learning things about the state of Oregon which I did not know, I now have more context of rural communities, for example,” Reianna said. “… To think about that complexity while I’m working with affiliates is helpful.”