Metropolitan Group (MG) will expand its leadership team. Together with its clients, MG aims to increase economic equity, bring new resources to communities experiencing disparities, and other socially conscious initiatives while growing market share for socially responsible products and services. Current president and founder, Eric Friedenwald-Fishman has been named principal and Senior Executive Vice President Laura K. Lee Dellinger as new President. Friedenwald-Fishman will now focus on creative direction for MG clients and broadeningg the agency’s social change thought leadership work nationally.
Of Dellinger’s new position, Friedenwald-Fishman shared:
“Metropolitan Group’s clients and communities will benefit from having increased focus in each area of leadership. I am excited to focus my efforts on creative direction and social change thought leadership, and am even more excited to name Laura as our new President…She is a visionary leader, a world-class communication strategist and one of the most gifted mentors I have ever seen. She will continue to bring transformative value to clients and in her new role will increase our team’s capacity to deliver social impact work.”
Laura has over 27 years of professional experience in communication and organizational development. An MG employee since 1996, she has helped grow the company from a small local business to a nationally recognized social change consultancy. Strongly community-oriented, Laura has been a board member of numerous organizations including the Child Welfare League of America, Oregon American Civil Liberties Union, Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts Deans Board of Visitors, Children’s Cancer Association and LiveOnStage! where she served as a founding board member. Additionally, Laura has served for more than 16 years (13 as board chair) for Basic Rights Oregon and is current chair of Trillium Family Services Board of Trustees.
With the new transition, Kiernan Doherty will now head the Portland office as vice president. Kiernan joined MG in 2007 and served as a senior director since 2010 leading various internal capacity building roles in the agency. Her community work includes leading as founding board member and past president of Levé, a local, all-volunteer organization that supports local nonprofits serving the needs of the Pacific Northwest Community.
Future president Dellinger shares her enthusiasm for the new transitions:
“We deeply value our employees and the communities we serve. As a B Corporation, we voluntarily meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency, which include a commitment to growing local leaders from within the organization.”