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Our Mission

Our mission is to find employment for justice-involved individuals through prison outreach, employer education, and business development services.

As a 501(c)(3) Non Profit, all donations and contributions are tax deductible.

Our VISION & VALUES

Vision:

Employers and justice-involved individuals are united in breaking the cycle of recidivism. All formerly incarcerated find quality and sustainable careers. 

Values:

  1. Partnership: Collaborating with community partners to achieve our shared mission. 

  2. Perseverance: Pursuing new opportunities even in the face of adversity.

  3. Integrity: Always doing what is ethically right.

  4. Inclusion: Including those who have historically been excluded and ensuring that all identity groups have the same rights, opportunities, and access regardless of their background or circumstance.

  5. Transparency: Sharing information openly and honestly, both internally and externally. 

Our Success Stories

In just a few short years, Opportunity Oregon has helped hundreds of justice-involved people all over the state of Oregon. They come to us with anywhere from a few years to a few decades of incarceration, from all walks of life, and many different types of work experience and work history. The common denominator for all is that they want to start fresh and become productive members of society. Check out the link below for a few of their stories...

 

Our team

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Nancy pance

Executive Director

After years of mistakes and addiction, Nancy ended up in prison. It was a transformative experience, helped by forced sobriety and rehabilitative programs. She came out a changed person, but struggled to find work because of her criminal background. Through tenacity she found an employer willing to give her a chance, and making the most of the opportunity, she became one of the top 5 performers in a company of hundreds. 

However, her dream was to own a business, so after earning her degree, she teamed up with her brother Joseph to run a fitness gym. Taking it from a struggling enterprise to one that thrives, she realized that her success could not have occurred without those willing to see past her biggest mistakes. Her goal and dream shifted to helping others in the way she was helped.

Nancy meets with employers to explain the value of hiring people like her, collaborates with the correctional department to select the most deserving candidates, and selects, prepares and matches ex-offenders to employers. 

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Aubrey Johnson

Deputy Director

Aubrey Johnson joined Opportunity Oregon as a volunteer Deputy Director in December 2023. Prior to Opportunity Oregon, Aubrey has held key leadership roles in non-profit, fortune 500 publicly traded companies, real estate investment trusts (REIT), and private equity backed organizations. Her most recent role was Deputy Director for a non-profit organization, supporting agribusinesses in the 13 Western United States and 2 U.S Territories increase international growth by providing financial support, export readiness, and business development services.

 

The distinct value Aubrey brings to the organization is the ability to inspire and align cross functional teams to achieve strategic operating goals. She is a passionate servant leader who thrives in cultivating transformational growth in companies and in people. She has a history of meeting and exceeding key performance indicators to help organizations achieve rapid growth and operational excellence. She is grounded in personal core values of being honest, fair, and kind in all situations. Aubrey takes great pride in consistently performing at a high level, expanding her knowledge, and investing in others to support their growth and development. She holds a B.S. in Business Management and Leadership and a B.S. in Human Resource Management from Portland State University.

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Joseph P. Carmack

Director of Marketing & Development

Joseph Carmack has more than 25 years of national and international experience in the security field, and started his own security company over 10 years ago. Joseph also owns a commercial property company, a tattoo shop, and co-owns a fitness gym with Nancy. His various companies employ 140 people and operate throughout the state.

After seeing firsthand the value of hiring a justice-involved individual, Joseph began brainstorming with his sister on creating a company that would exclusively hire those with criminal backgrounds. However, after seeing the amount of people looking for work, such an enterprise felt inadequate to the mission, and too limited by it's own growth and size. So the business model changed to meet the mission goal - instead of employing ex-offenders, they would place as many of them in existing jobs within the community. Opportunity Oregon was born.

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