ONAC Board of Advisors
Meet our Advisors…
The primary role of an ONAC Advisor is to serve as an ambassador for ONAC, to advocate for ONAC’s missions and goals, and to serve as a liaison between ONAC and the Native population we serve. Advisors are expected to attend the majority of the Board meetings as possible and to attend Board retreats. Advisors are eligible to serve on ONAC committees and are encouraged to do so when possible.
MICHAEL V. TOM, J.D.
Michael is the Director for the Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity department (AAEO) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The department is responsible for investigating discrimination complaints, leading affirmative action planning, and facilitating reasonable accommodation and religious accommodation requests at OHSU.
Michael develops and conducts employment law trainings for staff, faculty and management. He also represents OHSU in conducting community outreach with diverse populations and serves on the Community Transitional School Board. He serves as Co-Chair to both the Diversity Advisory Council and Physical Access Committee at OHSU.
Prior to joining OHSU, Michael was a litigation defense attorney, advising employers in all aspects of employment and civil rights litigation. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington and his Juris Doctorate and Dispute Resolution Certificate from Willamette University College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Oregon and Washington.
Bonnie Kahn is a Small Business Advisor. She has served ONAC as a board member and an advisor. Creating opportunities for ONAC and Native American owned businesses to grow is one of her passions. She brings over two decades of working in Indian Country as a business advisor, gallery owner, and museum curator.
Giving to the Communities is an important part of her work and her life. She has attended the ONAC Chamber meetings for the past six years, served on the Advisory Board for four years, and is currently on the ONAC Board, an honor she respects. Bianca has seen the Native American Community and the Chamber achieve tremendous strides in the last 10 years. Through combined efforts, last year the Chamber received a large grant from PDC and also began to collaborate with other Chambers and reach out to municipalities in order to bring our members more information and contacts to improve their business connections.
Oregon Native American Chamber
4445 SW Barbur Blvd, STE. 102
Portland, OR 97239