PGE Foundation appoints new leadership to continue legacy of empowering Oregonians

May 28, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. — PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation of Portland General Electric, appoints Dave Robertson as president and Kregg Arntson as executive director. Arntson will lead strategic grantmaking for the Foundation. The new leadership team will continue the strong legacy of community support established by Carole Morse, who recently retired after leading the foundation for nearly 18 years.

As PGE vice president of Public Policy, Robertson already has executive oversight for PGE’s community investment initiatives, as well as government relations, communications, sustainability, and environmental policy. A native Oregonian, Robertson has a strong track record of support to Oregon communities including his work as chair of the SOLVE board, governor appointee to the Columbia River Gorge Commission and now a member of the Portland Center Stage Board. Robertson has been a member of the Foundation Board since 2010.

As manager of corporate social responsibility at PGE and an 18 year company veteran, Arntson adds strategic grantmaking for the Foundation to his current responsibilities directing PGE’s corporate community investment strategy, volunteer engagement, employee giving programs and sustainability initiatives. Also a native Oregonian, Arntson’s community involvement includes serving as board president of Oregon Children’s Theatre, secretary of Business for Culture and the Arts, and representing PGE on the Timbers Community Fund Board.

“Next month PGE reaches the milestone of powering Oregon for 125 years,” said Robertson. “As we look forward to the next 125, Kregg and I are honored to work with the PGE Foundation board of directors and our nonprofit partners as we build on our commitment of strong stewardship for Oregon and help change the lives of people in the communities where our employees and customers work and live.”

PGE’s corporate and Foundation resources support the pillars of a vibrant and sustainable society — education, safe and healthy families, and environmental stewardship. In honor of the 125 year milestone, the Foundation is highlighting the following five, $25,000 grants to organizations that embody PGE’s community investment focus areas:

  • Impact NW Urban Opportunities: To support its ongoing after-school enrichment job-readiness training program for young people in all Portland high schools.
  • Regional Arts and Culture Council: To support expansion of the Right Brain Initiative’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to STEAM (adding Arts to STEM) Initiative into 15 new schools throughout the tri-county region. The Right Brain Initiative is an innovative and equitable approach to arts learning, engaging underserved students in the tri-county area by integrating the arts into the core curriculum.
  • Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO): To support Ninth Grade Counts for English Language Learners for 60 rising 9th grade English Language Learner (ELL) students enrolled in Parkrose, Portland, and Reynolds school districts. The program focuses on students who face notable barriers to completing high school in summer learning opportunities, family engagement, and academic support.
  • Boys & Girls Club: To help fund the construction cost of a new Boys & Girls Club in Portland’s east county community of Rockwood which is projected to serve more than 2,500 additional youth members each year.
  • Oregon State University College of Engineering Scholarships: Scholarship award winners will be matched with PGE mentors to increase the connection between PGE and the students. Additionally, winners will be offered the opportunity to apply for summer jobs at PGE.

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About the PGE Foundation
The PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation of Portland General Electric, was established in 1997 as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization with a permanent endowment. The Foundation’s giving is separate from the corporate giving of PGE. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $18 million to help improve the quality of life for Oregonians by supporting programs and services that encourage safe and healthy families, provide educational opportunities, and encourage arts and cultural diversity. Gwyneth Gamble Booth is chair, Dave Robertson is president and Kregg Arntson is executive director. To learn more about the PGE Foundation, visit PGEFoundation.org.


About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a fully integrated electric utility that serves approximately 856,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon. Visit our website at PortlandGeneral.com.


For more information contact Steve Corson, PGE, 503-464-8444


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