Big Brothers Big Sisters leadership
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Andy Nelson, Chief Executive Officer
Robert Cook, Chief Financial Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Andy Nelson joined Big Brothers Big Sisters in April 2012 for his "dream job" as Chief Executive Officer. "Big Brothers Big Sisters ignites my passion for helping children and volunteering," says Andy, who spent nearly 10 years as Executive Director of Hands On Greater Portland. In his role, Andy leads the organization towards its goal of doubling its impact in the next few years.
At Hands On, Andy turned a start up into the volunteer hub for the Portland region, ranked second in the nation for volunteering. He previously worked as a development director, social worker and newspaper reporter. A native of New England, Andy earned a master's in social work from the University of Connecticut.
Andy's community involvement includes mentoring as a Big Brother as well as the Portland Parks Board and the advisory board for Partners in Diversity, the folks who produce the Say Hey! networking event. Andy lives in Northeast Portland with his wife, Kathleen, and son, Evan.
Chief Financial Officer
Rob Cook is the Chief Financial Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, joining the team in September 2010.
He brings to the organization a variety of business experience accumulated during a career that encompasses engineering, public accounting, and financial and operational management. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a graduate degree from Santa Clara University.
Mr. Cook contributes his time to other non-profit organizations, including the Connecting Communities Coalition, which is an advocacy group to advance the cause of people with disabilities, and the Portland Chapter of the TCA, which is dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of toy trains.
When not “counting beans”, Mr. Cook enjoys a variety of activities, including bicycling, basketball, sailing, kayaking, skiing and playing guitar.
Vice President of Programs
Randy joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters team in July 2006 as a Regional Director and became the Vice President of Programs in 2012. Prior to serving in the mentoring field, Randy worked for the the Oregon Youth Authority both in secure facility and in the field as a juvenile parole and probation officer.
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