Tsuga provides an elevated platform, so projects don’t struggle to build momentum during the complex initial administrative processes that can derail a project before it even gets started. Tsuga serving as your fiscal sponsor and executive coach means you, as a Project Director aren’t burdened by having to coordinate with attorneys, file articles of incorporation, build a board of directors, open business bank accounts, conduct bookkeeping or pay for any of those administrative functions including insurance policies. Tsuga’s sponsorship starts projects off in a forward position and on a paved path for passionate social entrepreneurs who want to focus on the visible, fun and inspiring aspects of launching a nonprofit community improvement project.
If you’re looking to build your nonprofit sector program management skills and to add something special to your resume, Tsuga can coach you through to success. If you’re retired and wondering what to do with your time, talents and treasure, Tsuga’s platform offers a community cheering section for encore passion projects. If you’re somewhere between these early and late phases of your working years, we’d love you to join our Commission and serve as a consultant advisor.
Ready to see your vision in action? Schedule a brainstorming session with someone from the Tsuga Commission and see if the Tsuga community is the right partnership for you.
Community Improvement Project Advisors
Ethan E. Erickson | Tsuga Founder & Commission President
Ethan has fulfilled supervisory roles in four different industries over the last 20 years. He served as a Lieutenant with the Oregon Army National Guard, coached and evaluated field science instructors at various Oregon Outdoor Schools. He currently oversees Tsuga within the nonprofit sector and serves as a manager for the State of Oregon. Ethan’s work in both the nonprofit and public sector involves coalition building, program evaluation, disecting policy and staff training. Ethan aims to be approachable and relatable among our urban and rural folks in Oregon, and when collaborating with more culturally nuanced individuals. He has worked with African immigrants, Hispanic families, LGBTQ Christians and youth who have experienced chronic trauma. Travels to Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle-east have helped Ethan understand more about privilege, implicit bias, systemic racism and cultural intelligence.
As orchestrator of Tsuga’s incubation method, Ethan is passionate about building a network of networks. He has been blessed by those who continue orbiting within the Tsuga Community and looks for new ways to widen and deepen connections between passion and philanthropy.
Kara Landen | Commission Secretary
I’ve always been a quiet people-person in large public settings. But in settings where I can meet for coffee or take a walk one-on-one, that’s where I thrive! My passion is meeting with people to discuss what current events they’re passionate about and to talk about our aspirations – swhat makes our heart soar! My career was rooted for 13 years in childcare. I loved every minute that I spent connecting with each child’s daily experience. I then transitioned to the non-profit sector and into organizational administration. I’ve spent the last four years as a principal Executive Assistant and Sponsor Relations Manager for the Portland Rose Festival. My ability to learn people, how they work, and to help them achieve certain goals has led to my recent successes. As we navigate this world together in the hopes of making it a better place, I look forward to supporting the future endeavors of those who come to partner with us at Tsuga!
My favorite professional achievements involve the progress I have been able to support, encourage and inspire in programs and legislation serving military families around the world, as a volunteer, lobbyist and advisor. Creatively, I managed to seriously up my knitting game in COVID times, which has given me great satisfaction and respite. I’d love to find ways to help every human learn and benefit from the power of networking. I believe that talking with others is highly undervalued – when relationships (even acquaintances) can bridge huge chasms.
My greatest professional achievement is the development and implementation of Oregon E-Cycles, the free electronics recycling program for the state’s citizens and small businesses. Gardening, traveling to new places, exploring Portland’s restaurants with friends, and spending time in nature all helped me maintain a healthy work-life balance. This has also helped me remain connected with my family, friends, and larger community over the years. I have met so many fascinating people who have shared their insights, experiences, and feelings with me. Although my job is rewarding in itself, these relationships are what keep me going year after year.
As written, Oregon’s e-waste law assumes everyone has equal agency, physical abilities, and resources. This year I’m dedicating a significant portion of my time to help people overcome obstacles keeping them from accessing our recycling services, via pickup services, increased collection events, and greater focus on rural communities.