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Amanda Hess, Board Chair

Amanda is the board chair of Girls Build. She was introduced to Katie's amazing work to inspire curiosity and confidence in girls while working for former State Senator Chip Shields. When Katie launched Girls Build, Amanda immediately asked how to help with grant applications. She admits to being the only board member without any trades experience, but is an avid supporter of the program because she knows how much it would have meant to her (and so many other girls) to attend Girls Build camps growing up. Amanda works for NW Public Affairs, a state government relations firm, and spends her spare time getting her MBA and plotting how women can take over the world. She is also pushing for an adult Girls Build program where girls teach her how to build...


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Leah Benson, Board Secretary

Leah Benson is the owner and founder of Gladys Bikes, an award-winning women-focused bike shop in Portland. Prior to opening the shop in 2013, she worked as an event planner, volunteer coordinator and non-profit program manager. A founding board member, Leah is excited to support the work Girls Build does, lending her expertise in running a small business, thinking outside the box, and eating licorice anytime, anywhere.  In her spare time, she likes to get extraordinarily excited about mundane things, read too many books at the same time, ride her bike around town and up steep hills, and think about maybe taking up running sometime. 


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Leslie Warren, Board Member

Leslie Warren, a Financial Advisor through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., is a native Oregonian and immensely proud of the fact that she is a true local to our community. Growing up in Portland, where she now lives in her childhood home, she knows what it is like to be a part of the sandwich generation where caring for your older family members can take precedence over all else. Leslie’s personal experience navigating the challenges of eldercare gives her a valuable perspective when guiding clients through planning for their own futures. Leslie has been working in the investment services industry since 1999.

When not at work, Leslie is busy training for her next triathlon, hiking, scuba diving, trying her new favorite restaurant, or traveling with her husband to his home country of Wales, UK. She is also involved in alumni associations of University of Oregon where she graduated as Student Body President in 1994. Leslie holds the Series 7 & 66 licenses and is licensed in Oregon for Life and Health Insurance.


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Samhita Reddy, Board Member

Samhita is a fundraiser who is committed to supporting non-profits in their efforts to eliminate racial and socioeconomic disparities in opportunity. When she's not busy with that, Samhita is a chicken-keeper, woodworker, stand-up comic, and bike/bus/foot/anything but car commuter. She's a Portland native who moved to New York for 12 years to live, learn, and work before returning to Portland to be closer to family.


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Holly King, Board Member

Holly is an estimator with Andersen Construction, and fell in love with Girls Build from the start. In 2018, Holly got to spend a few days teaching at the Southern Oregon summer camps, and realized how powerful and important Girls Build programming is. She is excited for expanded programming and the opportunity for Girls Build to serve even more girls. Holly lives in North Portland and loves decorating, organizing and spending time with friends.