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Karol Collymore, left, is Equity Foundation's new Executive Director. Photo by Jules Garza.

Karol Collymore, left, is Equity Foundation’s new Executive Director. Photo by Jules Garza.

By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly

The Equity Foundation announced today that it has hired Karol Collymore as its new executive director. The foundation — which gives out scholarships to LGBTQ students, supports community organizations, and engages in shareholder actions — had been without an executive director since Peter Cunningham’s departure late last year.

“We are delighted Karol will be bringing her considerable talents to the Equity Foundation,” Board Chair Carl Creasey says in a release.

Collymore  has 13 years of experience in non-profit, political, and government roles, including her work with the American Heart Association, Pro-Choice Oregon and Multnomah County for Chair Jeff Cogen.  She ran for County Commissioner in 2010 and was most recently Director of Development at the Raphael House of Portland.

“I am very honored to join Equity Foundation, a charitable organization that promotes philanthropy and positive interactions among Portland’s diverse communities through education, grants college scholarships and by providing funds to organizations that work to eradicate prejudice in its many forms, including those against gender and sexual minorities,” Collymore says.  “Equity has a unique place in the fabric of Portland and has a bright future.  I’m looking forward to helping it achieve its goals.”

Learn more about Equity Foundation at equityfoundation.org.

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