We enable people to build enterprises that improve communities.

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

What We Do

Our initiatives fall into four categories and impact local to global audiences:

  1. A clear path to get social entrepreneurs through the launch process: PurposeWorks
  2. A local place and community in which ideas for a better world can be tested: Hatch Labs
  3. profit mechanism for Oregonians to raise local investments: Hatch Oregon
  4. A policy platform for ecosystem developers to implement best practice for community capital: ComCap
Amy Pearl

Amy Pearl

Founder, Executive Director

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 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. Its 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, growing healthy local communities. She launched Hatch: A Community Innovation Lab in 2013, the economic engine HatchOregon in 2014, ComCap in 2015, and HatchLab Baker in 2016.

 

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.

Simon Love

Simon Love

Managing Director, HatchLab PDX

Simon joined Hatch in late 2013. He has experience in many different aspects of sustainability, and came to Hatch to pursue his interest in new business models, along with the relationship between social, economic and environmental sustainability. Simon is responsible for HatchLab memberships and partnerships, daily operations, and educational resources.

Favorite meal

Any kind of fresh seafood, breaded and fried.

Spirit punctuation mark

Interrobang ‽

Dream project

Building beautiful modern passive/low energy houses

What makes Hatch special?

We’re not afraid to cut through the jargon and speak in real terms.

Lex Lavatai

Lex Lavatai

Community Cultivator

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, 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 browns, 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.

Jess DeNoto

Jess DeNoto

Director of Events & Culinary Happenings

A native New Yorker turned longtime Portlander, Jess walked into Hatch before the doors opened to the public as a Fellow, and hasn’t looked back. She serves as Conference Director for the annual ComCapCon, a nationally-focused conference with the mission of providing much-needed updates, knowledge, and tools to those leaders working to implement new laws, develop new platforms, and build capital mechanisms in their own communities.

Outside of the Hatch realm, Jess is co-founder of Vida Vegan Con (2009-2015), an award-winning international vegan blogging & social media conference, and Executive Director of Portland’s Vegan Iron Chef, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. She holds a degree in Marketing Communication from Emerson College in Boston, MA. She spends her free time talking to her cats (Huxley & Zelda), placing library holds and cultivating a community garden plot with her wife.

Favorite meal

Don’t make me pick just one! But, now that you mention it, a hot Northern Thai curry and cold beer would make my freaking day.

Spirit punctuation mark

* asterisk

Dream project

“Ask me when I wake up”

What makes Hatch special?

Amy.

Frankie Ku

Frankie Ku

Brand and Marketing Manager

Frances (Frankie) Ku came to HatchLab in February 2016 as a freelancing visual designer needing co-working space. Within a few months, however, 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

Boiled, homemade dumplings 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.

Finn Terdal

Finn Terdal

Technology Coordinator

Finn was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Then, like a salmon, he returned to his place of birth in 2009 to earn a B.A. in Philosophy from Reed College. In his spare time, he listens to podcasts (e.g. Planet Money, StartUp, and Death, Sex, and Money), teaches people interested in learning to code, and keeps up to date on the growing commercial space industry (Go SpaceX!). He started working at Hatch in the summer of 2015 as a summer intern, and was hired as full-time staff in August of 2015.

Favorite meal

Tonkotsu ramen

Spirit punctuation mark

{} curly braces, because parentheses are too laid back, and angle brackets are too self-serious

Dream project

A floating budget hotel on Venus

What makes Hatch special?

One minute we’re talking about upending regressive social institutions that have been around for over a century; the next, we’re talking about deep-fried punctuation marks.

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.

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 new 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.

Bryan Tweit

Bryan Tweit

Manager, HatchLab Baker

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.

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