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

Danielle Olson

Danielle Olson

Program Director

Danielle is the Program Director at Hatch Innovation. She co-manages the non-profit’s operations and leads programming efforts for social entrepreneurs; including educational content, partnerships, and events. Prior to Hatch, she was working independently as a Visual Strategist, making the complex digestible for social enterprises and non-profits. She acquired her MFA in Collaborative Design from Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she now also teaches Cultural Entrepreneurship.

Danielle is passionate about getting resources and knowledge into the hands of communities who could most use them to address issues of equity. She likes to geek out on systems thinking and human behavior in her free time in addition to chanterelle hunting.

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.

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.

Robert Olson

Robert Olson

Operations Manager

Robert first consulted with Hatch at the end of 2016, taking over IT and generally being gap glue during a transitional time. After a year of streamlining processes, and arranging for a more specialized individual to take over the IT work, he left Hatch and went back to practicing as a professional polymath until returning as an employee at the end of 2018–this time as Operations Manager.

Robert enthusiastically explores systems and organizations seeking ways to modify them for effective purpose, and actively engages in mindful participation to expand experience. He pursues a plethora of professional hobbies and immersing himself in the woods, or anywhere water meets land, whenever he can carve out the time.

Favorite meal

Anything made from something he was a part of catching, growing, or gathering.

Spirit punctuation mark

Question mark (?). It is the only punctuation that innately elicits engagement.

Dream project

Designing a completely new governance system that somehow makes current models look outdated, obsolete.

What makes Hatch special?

It is that rare environment that supports delicate, nascent ideas, and where there is variety enough to escape the mundane and status quo.

Bryan Tweit

Bryan Tweit

HatchLab Baker Director

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.

Hatch Innovation Board

David Garnand

David Garnand

Executive Director, Housing Northwest

 

Patrick Regan

Patrick Regan

Harbourton Foundation

 

Jeff Bailey

Jeff Bailey

Web Content Expert, NMQ Digital North America

Bryson Davis

Bryson Davis

Associate Attorney, Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C.

 

Michael Jonas

Michael Jonas

Attorney and Owner of Rational Unicorn Legal Services LLC

Nancy Freimark

Nancy Freimark

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

 

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.