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Caldera Welcomes New Executive Director Brian Detman

BrianDetmanAfter conducting a nationwide search, Caldera is proud to announce the selection of new Executive Director Brian Detman. Brian succeeds Tricia Snell, who has been Executive Director for the past ten years.


Brian has more than two decades of professional, civic, and volunteer experience working in the nonprofit, business, and public sectors both locally and nationally. His unique blend of youth development, nonprofit strategy and leadership, as well as passion for young people, nature, and the arts can be seen from his previous work experience at Multnomah County, Enhabit, Metropolitan Group, and the I Have A Dream Foundation-Oregon. Brian’s commitment to equity and empowerment is reflected throughout his career, and aligns squarely with Caldera’s values and goal of deepening its innovative programs for underserved communities.


“I’m thrilled to be joining Caldera as Executive Director,” Brian said upon acceptance of the position. “I’m looking forward to getting to know and collaborating with our diverse community–from youth and their families, staff and the board to our partners, donors, and volunteers. Together, we will sustain and advance our work supporting youth in becoming creative, spirited, and resilient change agents.”


“Caldera’s Board of Directors and staff are equally excited Brian will be joining us,” said Board Chair Wes Lawrence. “We could not have found a better person to follow Tricia Snell (our beloved past Executive Director) and lead us in our next phase as an organization. Our efforts to help young people have come a long way in our first 20 years, and we are all looking forward to Brian’s leadership through the next phase of Caldera!”


Brian joins Caldera from the Multnomah County Juvenile Services Division where he has worked for the past three years, most recently as the System Change and Community Interface Services Manager. His work has focused on developing and enhancing efforts to achieve positive outcomes for youth, addressing and reducing racial and ethnic disparities, and reforming and improving the juvenile justice system in collaboration with partners and community stakeholders. Brian is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors at the Portland Farmers Market and Zena LLC, as well as a board member at The Emerson School. Additionally, Brian is also on the steering committee at the Portland Black Male Achievement Initiative.


Outgoing Caldera Executive Director Tricia Snell said, “I am simply delighted. Brian has the head, the heart, and the dedication to do great things in the future for Caldera youth. He and I are already discussing Caldera’s opportunities and challenges, and I am confident that we’ll manage a smooth transition together. I look forward to watching continued success for Caldera!”



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