Neighborhood Partnerships is excited to announce our newest staff member, Hannah Waterman, Development Manager. As Development Manager, Hannah works closely with Neighborhood Partnerships’ generous supporters and community partners to further the mission of bringing opportunity to all Oregonians. Hannah leads marketing efforts for the IDA Initiative as well as managing NP’s individual and community donor efforts. Hannah is passionate about connecting those that want to help with where their generosity will be most impactful. She has a background in business development, nonprofit development, and customer service, and a BA in Liberal Studies from Montana State University. Born in Portland, Hannah loves spending time with family and friends, enjoying all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
For starters, tell me a little about yourself
I grew up in SE Portland, but moved away for more than a decade. I’ve been back in the area for about 2 years, and am so grateful to be part of this community, and near family. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to bring some diverse skills to the table in my new position at NP. In my free time, I love to read, hike, cook, hang out with cats at the Humane Society, and enjoy Portland with friends.
What area of expertise and interest do you have?
I have a background in nonprofit development, business development, customer service, and business planning & evaluation. I am most passionate about building relationships and connecting those that want to help with where the help is needed.
What does opportunity mean to you?
Having the circumstances and resources to make decisions, have choices, create and reach for goals, and make your life better.
What difference can financial security make for individuals and communities?
Financial insecurity can have a host of devastating effects – stress on families & personal relationships, demoralization, health issues, desperation, etc. These are not the circumstances that allow for opportunity. If we care about our communities, then we must care about financial security.
What’s your favorite quote? There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers
Choose one author, living or dead, that you’d like to have dinner with
Kurt Vonnegut. I actually did invite him to dinner via fan-email when I was in middle school – I tried to ply him with my mom’s roasted chicken and potatoes.
What are you looking forward to most about this position?
I feel very lucky to be part of the Neighborhood Partnerships team and the important work that is happening here. I am so excited to get to know our generous supporters and community partners to build our development program and discover new opportunities.