Mobilize local communities, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), to safely reduce the number of children and youth in foster care in Oregon.
Children thrive in healthy, stable and attached families.
We believe that embracing and celebrating our differences helps us innovate and build strong communities.
We believe in utilizing approaches that lead to Equality of Outcomes.
We believe in leveraging diversity and enabling equity by giving a voice to those who lack representation.
The Children's Public Private Partnership was founded on the conviction that the complex challenges our youth, families, and Child Welfare system are experiencing are not the responsibility of the state alone; they require ownership by all Oregonians. Moved by this conviction, in 2018, a group of Oregonians asked ODHS leadership what the community could do to better support our children and families. In late 2019, after over a year of consultations with ODHS leadership, these Oregonians launched CP3 as its founding board and Najia Hyder joined as Executive Director.
First CP3 Cabinet Meeting (Oct. 2019) Left to right: Tim Sinatra, ODHS Director of Organizational Development; Eric Lindauer, Board Secretary; Sue Miller, Board Chair; Najia Hyder, Executive Director; Duncan Campbell, Board Director; Ken Thrasher, Treasurer; Fariborz Pakseresht, ODHS Director; Dick Withnell, Board Director.
CP3 Board of Directors
"I believe in giving all children a chance to meet their potential to lead rewarding lives"
Sue brings her extensive background in public administration and early learning to this role. She has been working in early childhood for over 20 years and is passionate about giving all children a chance to meet their potential to lead rewarding lives. Sue Chairs the Oregon Early Learning Council (ELC) and is the co-founder and former Executive Director of Family Building Blocks, the Relief Nursery serving Marion and Polk Counties. She helped found the Marion-Polk Early Learning Hub and chaired its Board of Directors for three years. Sue served on the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) Board and on the Board of Trustees of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Sue was elected the first woman mayor of Salem where she served for six years.
“When children thrive communities thrive”
Eric is an arbitrator and mediator based in Portland, Oregon, a member of the Oregon State Bar, Multnomah County Bar Association, and American Bar Association. Eric has worked exclusively as an arbitrator and mediator since 1985, first as a partner in the firm of Clark Lindauer and later as a sole practitioner. Listed in Best Lawyers in America – Alternative Dispute Resolution 2007-2021 editions, Eric is a Life Trustee for Willamette University, was selected as Salem’s First Citizen and has served in the past on the Distribution Committee of the Salem Foundation; as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) for many years; on the Campaign for Equal Justice; as Chair of the State Board of Agriculture; and is currently actively involved in several non-profit organizations. Eric holds the conviction that when children thrive, communities thrive.
"We need to break the cycle of poverty for children and families and ensure all children live in a safe and supportive home."
Ken brings to this role his extensive experience in finance and his lifelong support of efforts to break the cycle of poverty for children and families. Ken retired as chairman of the Board of Alternative Legal Solutions Inc. (dba Compli) in December 2018, and was its chairman and CEO from 2002-2009. Ken served 19 years in executive positions with Fred Meyer Inc., including: President & CEO 1999 - 2001; EVP & Chief Admin Officer 1997-1999, SVP & CFO 1987 -1997, and VP & Treasurer 1982 - 1987. Ken also serves on the boards of directors of NW Natural, The Jensen Quality Growth Fund, and College Possible Oregon. He is on the OSU College of Business Dean’s Council of Excellence and a Senior Director on the Oregon Business Council’s committees for Education and Poverty. Prior to 2020, Ken served as a board director for GSL Solutions Inc, Children’s Institute, Friends of the Children, Education Northwest, the Portland State University Foundation, the Cradle to Career Council of All Hands Raised, Albertina Kerr Centers, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, and is past chair of Oregon’s Quality Education Commission.
“We, the community, need to work together with ODHS to give our children the same opportunity for success”
Founder and former owner of the Withnell Motor Company, Dick has been twice-named “Philanthropist of the Year” by the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley. Dick is a proponent of the community working together with ODHS to create opportunities for success for our children. Recipient of multiple awards, Dick is a member of the United Way of America’s national Alexis de Tocqueville Society “Million Dollar Round Table.” Dick chairs the Oregon Corrections Enterprises Advisory Council, and serves on the Oregon Business Council’s Poverty Reduction Task Force. He previously held governor-appointed positions on the Governor’s Re-Entry Council, Oregon Education Investment Board, Early Learning Council, and as chair of the Oregon Commission on Children and Families. Dick helped co-found Salem’s Relief Nursery, Family Building Blocks, and “No Meth – Not in MY Neighborhood”. He acted as convenor for the Marion County Casey Partnership team focused on foster care and family preservation; and served on the Board of Directors for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Marion County.
“We need to enable and nurture our children!”
Najia Hyder was the founding Executive Director for the Children’s Public Private Partnership (CP3). She is currently the Global Program Director for Relief International. For 18 years (2001 -2019), Najia served at Mercy Corps, an international humanitarian & development organization in a variety of roles including Director of Global Field Programming, and Regional Director for the Caucasus, Central and South Asia (CASA) region. A graduate of the University of Oregon and an Oregonian since 1998, Najia grew up in Pakistan. Najia serves on the Board of the Children's Institute.
“We need to enable and nurture our children!”
Tim Sinatra is the CEO for the Family YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties. Tim is a highly experienced non-profit CEO noted for innovation in programs to support youth, family and community development; collaborating with community organizations to meet local, regional and statewide needs; and bringing strategic focus, financial stability and growth to organizations. Tim served as the director of organizational development for the Oregon Department of Human Services for three years. Prior to that he was the CEO of Eliada Homes in Asheville, NC which provides services to children and families ranging from early learning to foster care to residential psychiatric treatment. Tim has spent 23 years with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, serving as CEO of organizations in California, Virginia and here in Salem. During his time as the CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties, Sinatra was named the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Western Region Professional of the Year and served as the president of the Oregon State Alliance which conducted state and federal lobbying efforts. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in business administration.
CP3 Program Team
ODHS CP3 Program Director
Erika Conjugacion stepped into the role of ODHS-CP3 Program Director in February 2023. Since 2014, Erika has worked for ODHS’ Office of Reporting, Research, Analytics and Implementation (ORRAI), serving on the Implementation team since 2018. As an ORRAI Implementation Coordinator, Erika is primarily responsible for leading research-based initiatives comprised of agency staff, leadership, community partners and external interest holders in an effort to remove silos, reduce barriers to service users, and improve the Human Services continuum through data-informed decision making (translating and operationalizing research to practice), centering racial equity, fostering community engagement and supporting improved agency culture.
Erika has led the research and implementation work for the CP3 Achieving Permanency initiative since its start in 2019, working closely with CP3 and ODHS staff, leadership and community partners. As the ODHS CP3 Program Director, Erika will continue to lead CP3 programming, providing programmatic vision, deepen partnerships and oversee and report program results for existing efforts in Marion and Douglas counties. Erika believes in grounding the work in data and context by centering equity, leveraging data/information, and listening to and acting with community to build trust and shared understanding, strengthen relationships, advance strategies for population and systems change, and support in reaching collective goals.
“When people meet consistently with a common goal, relationships get stronger empowering us to work actively together as a community to keep our children and families safe, at home (out of foster care) and thriving together.”
Operations and Program Coordinator
“A little help, a little hope.... can make a big difference in the lives of children.”
In early 2020, Janell began working with CP3 supporting the Founding ED with website development, communications and community engagement. She became CP3 staff in 2022 adding administrative support to her portfolio, and in 2023 has taken on the joint roles of operations and program coordination.
Janell has always been passionate about children and education. From running afterschool learning centers right out of college through 2013-2020, where she actively served refugee communities in East Portland navigate complex social systems, develop language skills and obtain US citizenship. She worked for Mercy Corps from 2007-2013 managing elearning resources and supporting staff leadership development, and had a long career in elearning and training development before that.