Carol Cheney Joins FBO Board of Directors

With a deep commitment to collaboration, the new CEO of The Collins Foundation brings a holistic vision for advancing justice through systems change.

Carol Cheney, CEO of The Collins Foundation, joins the FBO Board of Directors.
Carol Cheney, CEO of The Collins Foundation, joins the FBO Board of Directors.

Foundations for a Better Oregon (FBO) is thrilled to announce that Carol Cheney, the new Chief Executive Officer of The Collins Foundation, has been appointed to FBO’s Board of Directors. 

“Carol is an extraordinary leader and tireless advocate for a more equitable and just Oregon. Her unwavering resolve is only matched by her boundless generosity, wisdom, and wit," said Martha Richards, Executive Director of the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation and Chair of FBO’s Board of Directors. “We're delighted to welcome her to the Board, and fortunate to have her perspective and passion guiding FBO's work for children and families."

Cheney has carried a passion for equity and deep and authentic inclusion throughout her life and career, always maintaining her conviction that each of us has a role in creating a just society. She joins the Board as FBO dives into a new chapter of work, bridging between community, philanthropy, and policymakers to demystify and reimagine how Oregon's systems can support every child to learn, grow, and thrive. 

“Throughout my career, I’ve always believed that collaboration gets you farther when the sum is greater than its parts,” said Cheney. “As I join the FBO Board, I’m so excited to continue learning from all those who educate Oregon’s children and fight for equitable policy. There’s so much power in the lasting change that our collective work can produce.”

Adopted with her twin from South Korea and raised in Maryland and rural Oregon, Cheney is a graduate of Ione High School in Morrow County and the University of Oregon. Prior to joining The Collins Foundation, she served as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager at Meyer Memorial Trust, leading the organization’s internal work to advance equity. She lives in Northeast Portland.

Beyond her leadership in Oregon philanthropy, Cheney’s experiences across a broad range of sectors and issues have shaped her holistic approach to systems change and racial justice work. She has worked as a farmworker, an advocate for survivors of domestic violence, a health educator, a nonprofit consultant and trainer, and a policy and community engagement manager for the Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Equity and Inclusion. Over the years, she has also served as a board member at Seeding Justice (formerly the McKenzie River Gathering Foundation), the Hambleton Project, and the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, and currently serves on the board of the Pride Foundation.

“One of the great pleasures and privileges of FBO’s collaborative approach is learning alongside some of Oregon’s most brilliant and compassionate philanthropic leaders—and Carol is no exception.” said Whitney Grubbs, Executive Director of FBO. “With her commitment to underserved Oregonians across the state, her incredible breadth of experience and relationships, and her kind, candid, and joyful approach, Carol will strengthen our shared work to accelerate progress and justice for children.”

Cheney joined The Collins Foundation, an FBO member foundation for over 15 years, as CEO in April 2021. She succeeds Cynthia Addams, who retired after more than two decades of courageous leadership at the Foundation and just over a decade of service on FBO’s Board of Directors.