The big picture vision of an Oregon where we all can experience joy and fulfillment in living keeps Candy working for change.
On a path that has taken her from early childhood development to family violence intervention onto higher education and, finally, to philanthropy, Candy has consistently led and collaborated across sectors and disciplines. Her goal: to create opportunity and supports to help people be defined not by their trauma and challenges but by their full and beautiful potential.
“Nature, the arts, education and basic health and safety are key to the fabric of a rich and full life. I was drawn to Meyer’s understanding of these multiple dimensions of community and its work to secure access for all Oregonians.”
Prior to her work with Meyer, Candy led program and grants development teams at Portland Community College District. She also led systems change in community response to child abuse as founding executive director of Liberty House (a multi-agency child abuse intervention and assessment center) and served in a variety of roles at nonprofits serving children and families experiencing crisis.
Candy joined the Meyer team in 2007. She is a member of Meyer's executive team.