Samantha Shepherd, MA, Executive Director
Samantha joined CCO Oregon as the Executive Director in September 2017 with over a decade of experience helping nonprofit, government, health, and political organizations meet their goals and plan what’s next. She has advocated, implemented, and evaluated policies and programs targeted at transforming the health care system, understanding social determinants of health, building sustainable programs, and eliminating health disparities. She brings particular expertise in organizational development, strategic communications, and goal-based planning.
Committed to identifying community-based strategies that can improve overall population health, Samantha is a passionate health advocate. From 2010 to 2013, Samantha worked with the State of Oregon on health reform outreach and engagement programs. She ensured that local organizations had training and resources across Oregon to meet the needs of the program and the particular needs of each community. Since then, her experience has benefited hospital systems, nonprofits, research firms, and coalitions of diverse stakeholders as a consultant and team member.
Prior to Portland, Samantha lived in Flagstaff, Arizona where she earned a Masters in Applied Sociocultural Anthropology from Northern Arizona University with research conducted in health education at Planned Parenthood. Her Bachelors is from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida in Cultural Anthropology and Feminist Theory.
She currently volunteers in her neighborhood of St. Johns and at the Oregon Humane Society. She has also served on many advocacy boards and work groups, including the Oregon School Based Health Care Association and the Oregon Women’s Campaign School. In her spare time, she is likely hiking, playing in a river, planning a road trip, laughing loudly, or seeing live music.
Sarah Allsbrooks, Policy and Program Manager
Sarah Allsbrooks is a dedicated and passionate nonprofit professional who specializes in relationship building, fundraising and project management for agencies so they may create meaningful impact and raise revenue. Sarah started her career in electoral organizing while studying Political Science at Grand Valley State University in her home state of Michigan. She has worked on a multitude of campaigns from the municipal level up to the congressional level in both Oregon and Michigan and has also helped elected leaders pass good policy.
In between running campaigns, Sarah has helped develop and execute innovative programming for state governments and nonprofit organizations and also has expertise in public policy and advocacy. While working with the Oregon Health Authority in the Office of Healthy Kids she focused on provider outreach as well as engagement with partners in 12 counties across she state to expand coverage to children. During her tenure at United Way, she helped transform the Summer Food Service Program in Southeastern Michigan by increasing the number of sites providing food, improving the quality of the food and supporting providers. Additionally, she worked across the educational landscape with parents, students, administrators and teachers in a variety of programs all focused on improving educational outcomes for historically marginalized populations.
Most recently and prior to joining CCO Oregon, Sarah was the Director of Development with The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. While there, she organized the largest and highest grossing event in the history of the organization and also helped to secure several new grant funding opportunities. Known for her ability to build strong and authentic relationships, Sarah is well versed in human centered design and leads with her commitment to equity.
Sarah enjoys cooking with her wife and taking their two dogs, Bailey and Kaya, on adventures.