About Lilian Ongelungel

Former Communications Associate
Lilian Ongelungel

Lilian previously worked as a member of our communications team, helping amplify and uplift voices from our communities. Her work has revolved around equity and access in the realms of education and healthcare, two causes they are especially passionate about.

After leaving the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, Lilian became a Communications Associate for Inatai Foundation. They earned their bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from University of Portland and recently completed their master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University.

Outside of work, Lilian is an interdisciplinary artist and karaoke aficionado. She is also an enthusiastic food lover and enjoys spending time with her family. They are also actively engaged in Pacific Islander communities in the Pacific Northwest through volunteering, cultural work and civic engagement.

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Recent Posts by Lilian Ongelungel

Supporting Social Justice and Resiliency: Comunidades

November 18th, 2021

Ubaldo Hernández is no stranger to community organizing. As an active member of the Latino community in the Columbia Gorge and a Senior Organizer for Columbia Riverkeeper, he’s been instrumental in raising awareness on issues that impact Latino people on both sides of the river.

One thing Hernández realized is that Latino communities in White Salmon, Washington and …

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Celebrating and Supporting Our Black Communities: Odyssey World International Education Services

April 16th, 2021

If you need help with just about anything, chances are Karen Morrison will know how to point you in the right direction. As Founder and Executive Director of Odyssey World International Education Services (OWIES), Morrison knows the importance of cultivating genuine relationships and building coalitions.

The Beginning of Something Good

Morrison founded OWIES in Spokane …

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Celebrating and Supporting Our Black Communities: iUrban Teen

March 4th, 2021

It all started when Deena Pierott had a brilliant idea. After walking into the room as the only Black woman far too many times, she decided to do something about it. What began as a way to familiarize students of color—particularly Black and Latino males—with professional career paths in STEM fields has since grown into a multifaceted, national award-winning program that supports young adults from all backgrounds. 

Making Things …

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Celebrating and Supporting Our Black Communities: Om Thrive

February 12th, 2021

Day Bibb’s vision has always revolved around healing. In 2018, she founded Om Thrive, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to making yoga accessible for survivors of domestic violence. A growing body of research suggests a regular yoga practice supports the process of healing for a range of traumatic experiences.

A Healing Journey

Bibb ensures that students signing up …

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