Staff Contacts


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Kimberlee Sheng,
Executive Director


Education Programs Advocacy, Strategic Direction and Community Relations

Why she loves the Black United Fund: I love the Black United Fund because the program offerings provide hope in numerous communities and sheds light on the common dreams that we all share for our children and families to reach their best and highest potential. Education as a catalyst for long term sustainable economic growth, is an empowering force that transcends popular culture and generations.

What you won't find on her resume: I am a wife and mother who is a fierce protector of my cubs; I also wield the superpower of Mac and Cheese. There is little I can’t get my family to do, if I bring homemade baked Mac and Cheese to the bargaining table.

Email Kimberlee at


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Deanna Whaley,
Project Manager


Special Events, Community Projects, & Board Administration

Why she loves the Black United Fund: Because I get the opportunity to serve my community by advocating for higher education and be a part of breaking down barriers and promoting a stronger future for undeserved youth.

What you won’t find on her resume: Her love for adventure. She enjoys indoor and outdoor skydiving, hang gliding and helicopter tours.

Email Deanna at





Marshawna Williams,
Education Programs Specialist


ACCESS Scholarship, Mentor4Success, College Fair, & Scholarship Writing Workshops

Why she loves the Black United Fund: As a recipient of the ACCESS Scholarship, I was given a great opportunity. I want to be able to do the same for other students in our community and help them to further their education. The Black United Fund allows me to bring what I have learned to the table to help grow the education programs. I am in an environment where I can truly be myself and put all of my efforts into a cause that I believe in, with full support and guidance.

What you won’t find on her resume: I am the oldest of five girls. I love to play volleyball, eat cereal and watch The Closer or Law & Order SVU.

Email Marshawna at



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Blue Lassiter,
Development Associate


Grants, Social Media and Data Management

Why she loves the Black United Fund: Knowledge is power and education is an achievement that can never be taken away. The benefits are undeniable and, therefore, it is incredibly important that everyone have college access -- regardless of their racial, cultural, and economic background. I love BUF because of the support and guidance provided to young people
in the interest of achieving this goal.

What you won’t find on her resume:I was trained throughout high school as a classical singer, I have owned an iguana, a dog, two cats, and several fish as pets, and I love to cook and create my own unique recipes!

Email Blue at



Black United Fund of Oregon
2828 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 282-7973 Phone
(503) 282-3482 Fax