Neighborhood Partnerships is excited to announce our newest staff member, Stacey Ziegenhagel, Administrative Assistant. Stacey graduated from the University of Oregon in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology. She joined NP to provide logistical, communications, data management, event management, and technology support. An organizer and advocate by nature, Stacey has worked in mental health and has organized events around various social justice issues. She is particularly passionate about topics such as domestic violence prevention, conflict resolution, eating disorder treatment, and access to education. She is currently pursuing a Master in Social Work degree at Portland State University.
For starters, tell me a little about yourself
I was born and raised in Salem, Oregon until I attended the University of Oregon for my undergraduate education. Go Ducks! I am currently attending Portland State University’s Master of Social Work program and intend to concentrate in Policy and Leadership in Communities and Organizations, because, while I believe that direct service is incredibly important, I’d love to impact the ways in which organizations operate in order to create strong communities. In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, networking, playing board games with friends, and exploring great Portland food.
What area of expertise and interest do you have?
Much of my experience has been in event coordination, whether for social justice causes, non-profits, or event venues. I have also enjoyed working in mental health supporting clients with eating disorders and will be a volunteer advocate in the restraining order room at the Multnomah County Courthouse. Empowering and advocating for others is very important to me.
What does opportunity mean to you?
As a first-generation college student, opportunity is very meaningful to me. People who are given opportunity are able to pursue their dreams with more hope and less limitations. This also involves the ability to have choices and to take risks.
What difference can financial security make for individuals and communities?
Financial security has a host of benefits that strengthen communities. For example, if parents are able to afford rent without working multiple jobs, they can have more time for their children and are able to maintain a level of food security that has a positive impact on school performance and mental health. Financial security helps build a healthy and happy next generation.
What’s your favorite quote?
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” -Albert Pike
Choose one author, living or dead, that you’d like to have dinner with
I’m currently reading a memoir by Jenny Lawson where she is able to make light of her life very humorously. She would be a great addition to a tasty meal.
What are you looking forward to most about this position?
After being a Habitat for Humanity volunteer for a number of years where I saw the impact that homeownership has on families, I am excited to work with the IDA Initiative and learn more about the opportunities for success it provides to participants.