Julie Mancini Named 2018 Woman of Influence

Anyone who has worked with her knows that Executive Director Julie Mancini is a woman of influence. Now she has earned an award to prove it.

Mancini has dedicated more than 30 years to founding, building and leading organizations in the arts, education and humanitarian aid arenas in Portland. She has the incredible ability to not only grow the organizations she is a part of, but also to nurture and grow the team of people who surrounds her.

Since Mancini joined College Possible Portland in 2015, the organization has nearly doubled the number of students we serve, from 514 to more than 1,000 in 2018. In addition, we have expanded the reach of College Possible’s impact through the Statewide Initiative pilot program. This program was designed to bring our coaching model to rural communities in Oregon and has expanded into eight partner high schools across the state.

Mancini was one of 25 winners of the award presented by the Portland Business Journal in April. Some of her closest friends and colleagues surprised her by joining together at a “Julie Mancini Fan Club” table to support her. Mancini has extensive experience in the Portland area, including growing Portland Arts & Lectures (now Literary Arts); heading and growing Caldera; founding Lyceum Agency which represents authors and academics for speeches, lectures and readings; and directing and growing the Mercy Corps Action Center. It was a wonderful, touching celebration of a leader who has done so much for so many in Portland.

Want to hear more about Mancini’s path to College Possible and the impact she’s had on the Portland community? Listen to her episode of The Portland 50 Podcast. This podcast series is about the people who dreamt of, built and championed the innovation, growth and uniqueness of Portland.

If you’re a subscriber to the Portland Business Journal, check out the full article about the 2018 Women of Influence.

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