Kirsten Abel

Kirsten Abel


Prior to co-founding Future Leaders in Action, she worked as a paralegal at Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. She was a fellow with Saha Global during the Summer of 2013. She has gained experience working with the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy and PYXERA Global. She is passionate about FLIA because it cultivates leaders, strengthens nonprofits, and supports youth. She graduated from Georgetown with a major in government and minors in psychology and Arabic. Kirsten volunteers at Housing Works Bookstore. 

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Kayla McClanahan

Kayla McClanahan

program support and communications manager

Kayla was a fellow with Future Leaders in Action during the pilot year of 2015 and worked with Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland to develop a youth volunteerism program model.

Prior to FLIA, she worked with a variety of youth-focused nonprofits and city/state agencies around the country and is committed to ensuring access to community resources in underserved areas.


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Board of Directors

Mitra Best

Vice Chair – New Ventures Partner and Innovation Leader at PwC

Onnalee Kelley

Secretary –  Business Manager, Office of the Chairman at Berkshire Hathaway Energy


Maureen Tobin

Chair – Partner at Whitfield & Eddy Law

Julie Hess

Treasurer – Senior Financial Analyst at Comcast

Sophia Ahmad

Senior Director of Development at Mercy Medical Center Foundation