The Advancement Team

Nicole Rinetti-Clawson, Director of Advancement

Nicole Rinetti-Clawson has almost twenty years of experience as a development leader, primarily in higher education. Prior to joining Catlin Gabel, she served as the Director of Major Gifts at the University of Portland, and as the Deputy Executive Director of Major Gifts and Senior Director of Development, Major Gifts and Annual Fund Officer at Santa Clara University, University of San Francisco, University of California, Berkeley, and Pitzer College. She earned a B.A. in government at the University of Redlands and an M.A. in nonprofit administration at the University of San Francisco. Originally from California, Nicole has settled in Portland with her husband and two children, and enjoys travelling, running, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.


Amanda Cowart, Catlin Gabel Fund Coordinator
Amanda joined Catlin Gabel in 2016, transitioning from the Beehive to the Advancement office in 2018. She earned her BA in communication science, M.Ed. in human services, and has experience teaching and working in progressive, independent schools since 2008. Amanda brings her passion for writing and connecting with others to the team. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two boys. She enjoys camping, hiking, practicing yoga, and cheering for the Green Bay Packers.

What she can help you with: Catlin Gabel Fund (annual fund), Matching Gifts

Brian Davies, Development Services Manager
Brian grew up in Southern California and studied resort management at San Francisco State University. Prior to joining Catlin Gabel in 2014, Brian worked at the OHSU Foundation as a research and prospect management coordinator, and previously had served more than five years as the development administrator for the YMCA of Columbia Willamette. He spends his summers backpacking, rafting, and kayaking, and his winters escaping to the Cascades snow.

What he can help you with: Gift processing, information, giving

Sarah Lopez, Administrative Associate
Originally from Salem, Sarah earned her BFA in Fine Arts from Oregon State University and her MAT in Education at Western Oregon University. Before moving to Portland, Sarah travelled between Washington and Oregon pursuing a career in teaching and continuing to gain experience in the administrative field. In her spare time, Sarah continues to paint and looks forward to exploring creative opportunities in Portland. You might also find Sarah practicing yoga, spending time with family, hiking with her little pug, Leo, or enjoying a beautiful Pacific Northwest rainy day inside reading and snuggling with her cat, Gibby.

What she can help you with: Advancement updates, scheduling meetings

Haig MacGregor, Development Services Coordinator

Born in Portland and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Haig has a creative writing degree from the University of California and enjoys using his writing, editing, and project-coordination skills regularly to support team projects and processes. Prior to joining Catlin Gabel in 2018, he worked in a variety of publishing roles, most recently for an L.A.-based digital curricula company, where he helped manage, demonstrate, and sell its Learning Management System (LMS) to California-based schools. In his leisure time, Haig enjoys reading (short) fiction, searching out Portland’s best espresso, and hiking in places like Tryon Creek and Bridal Veil Falls.

What he can help you with: Gift processing, donor acknowledgement letters, donor records updates and management

Hillary Patterson, Alumni Relations Manager
Hillary Patterson came to Catlin Gabel with a background in educational program management, most recently at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She loves getting to know alumni, current students, and faculty and learning about their experiences. A graduate of Reed College, Hillary can often be found hiking in Tryon Creek State Park with her husband and son or doing her part to keep Portland’s record stores in business.

What she can help you with: Catlin Gabel alumni communications, support, and events

Lauren Rowles, Events and Stewardship Director
Lauren joined the Advancement team in 2018 and comes to us with four years of event planning experience from OHSU & Doernbecher Foundation. Originally from Palm Springs, California, Lauren studied at the University of San Diego and moved to Portland, Oregon after college. Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband, friends and family, especially hosting game nights in her home. She also enjoys being active, wine tasting, and discovering new restaurants in Portland.

What she can help you with: Events

Nicole Spencer, Annual & Planned Giving, Executive Director
For over a decade, Nicole has led a variety of development and communications initiatives - from capital campaigns to annual giving - focused on the advancement of education, environment, and community. Nicole has a passion for outdoor and international experiential education that leads to creating stronger, thriving communities. Nicole is an adventurer at heart and enjoys hiking, gardening, yoga, backpacking, and travel. She received the international Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 2016 and is currently pursuing her M.B.A. at Portland State University.

What she can help you with: Catlin Gabel Fund (annual fund), Planned Gifts, and gifts designated to specific program areas across campus

Lea Trefsgar, Catlin Gabel Fund Associate Director
Lea comes to Catlin Gabel with a decade of experience in fundraising, education and numerous nonprofit organizations. Originally from the east coast, she attended Syracuse University where she earned a degree in painting. With a passion for adventure she moved to the West Coast where she received a MA in child and family counseling from Lewis and Clark. Lea lives in Portland with her husband and two children and enjoys travel, painting, rock climbing and skiing with her family.

What she can help you with: Catlin Gabel Fund (annual fund)

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