Young Professionals

Young Professionals is a vibrant community of early to mid-career Oregonians who are passionate about global issues.

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Young Professionals share an interest in learning about the world, traveling abroad, networking with visionary leaders, and expanding their knowledge of global affairs. Events are open to anyone! From discussion groups to trivia nights, guest presenters to international visitor receptions, Young Professionals connect Oregon’s globally-minded community with each other and the world.

Things we do:

  • Every other Wednesday... Join us for Discussion Group! Check our events page and join the YP Facebook Group for regular updates.
  • Last Tuesdays…Join us for CULT—a text-speak acronym for "C U Last Tuesday" every month!
  • Every 3 months…Join us for International Trivia Night!

Meet the Young Professionals Steering Committee Members:

Nav Dayanand
Director of Federal Government Relations, The Nature Conservancy in Oregon
Twitter: @NavDayanand

I support WorldOregon because we have more in common than our differences might otherwise suggest and WorldOregon opens doors for Oregonians to explore the world. 
My true calling: To be an advocate for those voices unheard or left behind.
A favorite place to be: I love Rome! It is a labyrinth of culture, history, art and for me, the comfort of deep personal relationships. I currently study Italian at the Scuola Italiana di Portland.
I am most proud of: being a loyal friend, remaining curious and prioritizing fun.
A place on my wishlist: Nizigoan, Myanmar where my grandmother was born and raised.



Raj Dogra
Technical Leader, Hyster-Yale

I support WorldOregon because I support the leadership it fosters in the fields of racial equality and cultural awareness.
I also support: My family’s nonprofit, tutoring refugee kids, OPB.
I speak: Hindi, Punjabi, English, and a little Dutch and Spanish.
I am most proud of: Being at a place in my life where I can travel and explore freely and buying my folks an abode on the hills which they could never afford. 



Jennifer Elizabeth Hatton
Programs Officer and Community Outreach Coordinator, African Road

I support WorldOregon because it provides an unparalleled opportunity to engage in international affairs and be a global citizen right here in Oregon.
Other places I’ve worked: Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda, Legislative Assistant for Australian Member of State Parliament. 
My true calling: Cat video curator 😻
My superpower or hidden talent: Winning at Humdingers in Cranium


Steven JonasSteven Jonas

Senior Editor and Information Architect, Quantified Self
Twitter: @skjonas

I support WorldOregon because we become better versions of ourselves when we are exposed to the world.
Languages I speak: My German is at an intermediate level (B2).
A person who inspires me: I am continually inspired by Piotr Wozniak, creator of SuperMemo.
A favorite place: Reading in my backyard hammock.


Jason Little
District Aide, Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Twitter: @Jason_Little

I support WorldOregon because the more engagement & understanding Oregonians have with people and issues outside our state, the better off we are.
Other places I've worked: Portland Business Alliance.
I also support: Oregon Public Broadcasting, Linfield College, League of Women Voters, good journalism.
A favorite place to be: In a WorldOregon board meeting.



Libby Martin
Development Assistant, Friends of Columbia Gorge
Consultant, Robert Glavin Inc.

I support WorldOregon because their work is dynamic, relevant, and necessary.
My true calling: Jigsaw puzzle tester.
A place on my wishlist: Antarctica, my last continent!
A person who inspires me: R. Buckminster Fuller.



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“Oregon is better because of the dialogue sparked by WorldOregon programs—and my life is enriched by the knowledge and friendships I've gained by being a member. WorldOregon gives me hope for our global future!” - Yassi Irajpanah, Member & Supporter