VOIS Alliance hires first executive director
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Leslie Mestman started this week as VOIS Alliance's first employee and executive director.
Just over two years after forming as a volunteer-led business group focused on sustainability, the VOIS Alliance announced this week the hire of its first employee and executive director, Leslie Mestman.
Mestman, who started the part-time position this week, comes to VOIS — which stands for Voice for Oregon Innovation and Sustainability — from a background that includes program manager jobs at Portland's PECI and Ecos Consulting (now Ecova) in addition to advocacy work for nonprofit and political organizations.
At VOIS, Mestman will be tasked with growing the group's business membership.
"(Mestman) really gets VOIS's mission and is prepared to take what we've built and grow it from there," said Sattie Clark, founder and volunteer director of VOIS and co-owner of Portland-based Eleek. "She brings a compelling combination of qualities."
Clark and a group of sustainable business owners and executives formed VOIS in 2009. The group was established to fill a perceived void in the business community for a sustainability-oriented chamber of commerce-like organization.
The VOIS website lists its priorities as:
- Buying and banking locally.
- Promoting social entrepreneurship.
- Advancing sustainability through business activity and policy advocacy.
VOIS is a member of the American Sustainable Business Council.
Mestman will formally meet VOIS' membership at a happy hour networking event on Jan. 19.
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