Lily Burnett, Director of Operations

Lily standing

As our Director of Operations, Lily oversees our org-wide planning, financial, HR, and IT systems. She also runs our grants program and serves as a member of our Leadership Team.  Lily came to 1000 Friends with a background in nonprofit operations, having worked primarily with arts organizations, including Kukatonon Children's African Dance Troupe, Cerimon House, The Vanport Mosaic, and The Color of Now. She has a BA in Theater from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MBA from Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

As Governor Tom McCall famously said, "Oregon is an inspiration." Lily is inspired by the collective vision, generosity, and care of Oregonians - for it took all of these qualities to create our land use planning program in the first place, and they are required to continue generously caring for the future of our state. In Oregon, land use planning starts with Goal 1, Public Participation, and so if not for the active involvement of Oregonians like you and me, Oregon would not be the livable, lovable home we enjoy today! 

From the Column to Fort Clatsop, from the Columbia River to the quaint coffee shops, Astoria is Lily’s favorite place in Oregon. Outside of Oregon, one of her favorite places is Amsterdam—row houses as far as the eye can see!

When she's away from work, Lily enjoys traveling with her husband Peter and their dogs Zeke & Toby. She is also an avid reader, a casual knitter, and a steadfast pen pal.

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