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The eco-effectiveness is what drew Melissa to SCRAP. The passion for reuse with a creative twist that nudges our community towards a behavioral transition to sustainable practices in their day to day. Melissa loves art and nature. She is a long-time volunteer for Portland Metro’s Parks and Green Space and former arts board member and uses what personal time is left to make art with her daughter. She finds it deeply enriching to be part of the larger creative community that has an eco-focus. As an IT Project Manager by day, she will use her strategic planning, project execution, and technology background to help SCRAP on its journey of growth and community engagement.
Sharon is a mixed media artist specializing in abstract collage and acrylic painting. Raised in New Jersey, she lived in Boston and Los Angeles prior to moving to Portland, Oregon where she lived for 22 years. Sharon now resides in Washington, DC. After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in urban planning from Tufts University, and MIT, she worked in the urban transit and planning field for over 25 years, and engaged in a parallel pursuit of art. She has been a full-time artist since 1999, teaching and showing her own work in galleries and exhibitions in the Pacific Northwest and Washington, DC. Sharon has also been a mural artist, an arts program manager, art events coordinator and gallery manager.
Shifrah spent most of her software engineering career in the automotive industry working with teams dedicated to making cars cleaner and more efficient. A commitment to the environment was a huge part of her working life which continues in retirement by her volunteering at SCRAP. She enjoys finding creative ways to use the variety materials found at SCRAP and is in awe of the creative people she meets there. In addition to her time at SCRAP Shifrah enjoys hiking, spending time with friends, and traveling. A life-long Michigander, originally from the city of Detroit she moved to Ann Arbor to attend university and has lived there ever since.
Tai is a strategy and operations executive, with over 20 years of experience in a diversity of industries and companies, including Oregon Lottery and Nike. She started her career in marketing and design, and has combined design and systems thinking skills with concepts like Lean and Agile to build operational engines to scale and optimize organizations, improve customer experiences and grow revenue. She has also worked as an internal and external consultant to boards, startups, and established for profit and nonprofit companies to develop and deliver strategic plans driving competitive advantage through research and insights. She has a graduate business degree in management from Harvard University, and is a practicing artist and designer with a studio filled with SCRAP treasures. She currently serves as the Chief Operations Officer of the Oregon Lottery.
Rachel is a dedicated grants professional with 10+ years of experience working with nonprofits. She is an avid crafter and cook and working on developing a green thumb. SCRAP's emphasis on re-use and joyful creativity brought her in as a volunteer and now as a Board Member. She is looking forward to supporting SCRAP in all its efforts, particularly in helping build a stable financial foundation for the organization.
We count on your generosity as an individual, foundation, corporate sponsor, or partner.
How it works: You feel the creative, environmental, and educational love from SCRAP. You return the love by adding to our resources so we can share with others. It becomes a circle of love that keeps giving – to you, to us, and to the entire community.
SCRAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Federal Tax ID 93-1270807.
Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.