FALL 2018 // MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

| KIMBERLEE SHENG ACCEPTS NEW ROLE AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ALFOR AFTER FOUR YEARS OF SERVICE TO BUF |

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Dear BUF Family, Supporters, and Donors,

Throughout my four-year journey as Executive Director of the Black United Fund of Oregon. I’ve had the remarkable opportunity to make a true impact on the lives of people within my community. Looking back, I can say without hesitation that lifelong relationships have been built on a reinforced foundation that is our collective community. Working in collaboration with entities and individuals across the state of Oregon, enhancing opportunities for students to access higher education both through direct service programming and grant making has made me beyond proud of the Black United Fund of Oregon (BUF).

Our goal has always been to address and eliminate disparities that effect communities of color and low-income communities. While the community near our building on Alberta Street has changed since BUF’s inception in 1983, our reasons for staying rooted on Alberta have not. BUF will always have a duty to serve the communities that have made its existence possible, and accepts this duty with honor.

It brings me great pleasure to pass the torch that our community set ablaze in 1983 to Dr. LM Alaiyo Foster, BUF’s new Executive Director (lmfoster@bufor.org). Alaiyo recently earned her Ed.D. in Leadership from Lewis & Clark College, but has long been in service to our community through her work to help students access equitable education in the nonprofit and academic sector. Alaiyo brings with her to BUF, an in-depth understanding of the Black Community in Oregon, and the issues that exists for students of color and low-income students within our learning system. As a Portland native, Alaiyo is excited to work in NE Portland continuing to create empowering memories in the neighborhood she holds dear to her heart.

Alaiyo will step into leadership on October 1, 2018, working in conjunction with BUF’s Board of Directors and team members; Allister Byrd, Program and Development Associate; Jade Zoie Sheng, Marketing, Communications and Outreach Associate; and Symone Sparrow, Program Manager.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. A to the Black United Fund of Oregon! Support her as she ushers in the next generation of scholars, community leaders, and partners!

Sincerely,

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Kimberlee Sheng, MPA | Executive Director, American Leadership Forum of Oregon

- Forever Friend and Champion of the Black United Fund of Oregon

Black United Fund of Oregon