We enable people to build enterprises that improve communities.

We are a 501(c)(3) social enterprise based in Portland, OR since 2004.

Hatch Innovation Staff

Lex Lavatai

Lex Lavatai

HatchLab PDX Manager

Lex is a creative genius and relationship builder. They came to Hatch as an intern because of their background and interest in economics. Lex is now the face of HatchLab PDX, managing members and community partners. Lex loves collaborating with people who are working to improve capitalism and helping budding entrepreneurs via The Social Pitch program.

Favorite meal

Hash brown and egg scramble with avocado and tomato

Spirit punctuation mark

~ The tilda because some things can only be approximated.

Dream project

A gender-nonconforming menswear line. 😉

What makes Hatch special?

Riley.

Danielle Olson

Danielle Olson

Program Manager & Content Curator

Danielle came to Hatch as a fellow in 2014, looking for a place to exercise her passion for social entrepreneurship. Concurrently, she was working independently as a Visual Strategist, making the complex digestible for social enterprises and non-profits. She likes to geek out on systems thinking and human behavior in her free time in addition to chanterelle hunting. She acquired her MFA in Collaborative Design from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Danielle manages Hatch’s programs and oversees content internally and externally.

Favorite meal

A pizza from Gastronomia Italiana

Spirit punctuation mark

Em dash (—). It is beautiful in form and function.

Dream project

A co-housing social enterprise that incorporates elderly care, student housing, and early childhood education.

What makes Hatch special?

The best mission and the best team. I get to have my cake and eat it too.

Bryan Tweit

Bryan Tweit

HatchLab Baker Manager

Bryan moved to Baker City Oregon the fall of 1989 to enjoy the slower life. He started and managed an Adult Foster Care Facility and a computer business for two decades. He then retired from both businesses, acquired his federal securities license, and started portfolio management.

Bryan has been involved in Kiwanis, the local soccer program through the YMCA and high school, downhill skiing Special Olympics coaching at Anthony Lakes Ski Resort for 25 years. Bryan is the Director for the State Games for Special Olympics Oregon at Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort for downhill skiing and a ski and snowboard instructor at Anthony Lakes Ski Resort.

Favorite meal

Barley Brown Ribs

Spirit punctuation mark

~ I just like the way it looks.

Dream project

Revise the entire school system so everyone graduates with 90% in all major subjects.

What makes Hatch special?

The people, everyone has tremendous unique value, life stories, life lessons.

Frankie Ku

Frankie Ku

Brand & Marketing Manager

Frances (Frankie) Ku came to HatchLab in February 2016 as a freelancing visual designer needing co-working space. Within a few months, she evolved from HatchLab member to Design Fellow to Hatch’s Brand & Marketing Manager. Her experience extends eight years of content design and marketing for performing artists, student-driven initiatives, health & wellness providers, artisan food & beverage makers, photographers, painters, writers, and more. Outside of this realm, Frankie also finds time for bookbinding, dumpling-making, walking with her pup Stevie, and finding ways for everyone to get along.

Favorite meal

Homemade dumplings – boiled – all day long.

Spirit punctuation mark

Oblique dash / You should never have to choose; everything can be and/or.

Dream project

Move humans into sustainable, off-the-grid housing and communities that are aligned with nature, not against it.

What makes Hatch special?

Everyone is equally invested in all that we do.

Collin Gabriel

Collin Gabriel

Multimedia Manager

For the past 12 years Collin Gabriel has worked on a diverse array of video and media projects ranging from thinktanks to broadcast documentaries and 30 second spots for Southern California television affiliates. From border issues to ecology to healthcare, his obsession has always been storytelling and identifying unique ways to immerse an audience in the details. Collin is the Multimedia Manager for Hatch Innovation, and in his words he “can’t wait to tell stories about all the amazing people in the Hatch community!”

Favorite meal

Poulet L’Estragon

Spirit punctuation mark

Period. That is all.

Dream project

An Earthship community.

What makes Hatch special?

We do things, instead of talking about doing things.

Stephanie Fleming

Stephanie Fleming

Manager

Hatch Innovation Board

Kristin Wolff

Kristin Wolff

Senior Policy Analyst, Social Policy Research Associates (SPR) and Founder, Thinkers + Doers

 

Patrick Regan

Patrick Regan

Harbourton Foundation

 

Richard Freimark

Richard Freimark

President + Principal Broker, Meridian Trust Real Estate Services

 

Bryson Davis

Bryson Davis

Associate Attorney, Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C.

 

Jill Chen

Jill Chen

Lending & Investment Manager, Portland Development Commission

 

David Garnand

David Garnand

Executive Director, Housing Northwest

 

Nancy Freimark

Nancy Freimark

Strategic Communications Consultant and Faculty, College of Business at Pacific University

 

Ibrahim Ibrahim

Ibrahim Ibrahim

Student, Oregon Islamic Academy

 

Our Founder

Amy Pearl

Amy Pearl

Founder

Favorite meal

Breakfast, though I only eat it on weekends.

Spirit punctuation mark

Dream project

A coffee shop with a bakery run by my daughter-in-law and daughter that sells cool handmade things made by my son, that also fixes and sells bikes by my son-in-law, with a garden out front and a studio for spinning and knitting lessons. Husband behind the counter, who also bakes bread and makes homemade pasta when he’s not knitting and selling yarn. Called: Riley’s House

What makes Hatch special?

Our unending ability to say, “Yes, we can do that. Let’s try it!”

Amy founded Hatch Innovation, a nonprofit social enterprise, in 2004, and is the Executive Director. Hatch’s mission is to enable citizens to launch enterprises that improve communities. The conviction that ordinary citizens have immense untapped capacity for service and innovation grounds her work. By making innovative strategies “learnable”, she enables youth and adults to foster a more equitable, innovative, and capable society. She works at the system level, focusing on building an enabling ecosystem for social and community-building enterprises to flourish, thus creating healthy local communities. She launched Hatch: A Community Innovation Lab in 2013, the economic engine HatchOregon in 2014, ComCap in 2015, HatchLab Baker in 2016, and HatchLab Corvallis in 2017.

 

She believes we need to move 50% of our strategies upstream to allow us to get in front of our accelerating challenges. She is currently building unique infrastructure to better enable social innovation to flourish.

Amy has spoken at many conferences and events, including the Skoll World Forum on Social Innovation in Oxford, the Harvard Business School, Yale, and Stanford, and SoCap for five years, as well as countless local and regional events across the country.

Her career has taken her from public television to the classroom and school district, to doing applied research at Education Northwest, to developing Intel’s online education program implemented in dozens of countries. She holds a Bachelor’s in Anthropology from Portland State University and a Masters in Teaching from Willamette University.