Oregon Women’s Business Center Team


We have suspended all in-person visits to our center in response to COVID-19 closures in Oregon. We welcome you to reach out to our staff via email, phone or by self-registering for an event here.


Remote-only until further notice
Oregon Women’s Business Center at Mercy Corps Northwest
45 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97204
503.227.6225 | training.mcnw@mercycorps.org

Hours of Operation

Remote-only until further notice
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Ronesha Hayes

Interim WBC Manager
(503) 896-5469

Ronesha Hayes obtained her B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Western Washington University. A Portland native, Ronesha is passionate about increasing the economic power of individuals directly impacted by systemic oppression. Her experience as a training coordinator is also supplemented by her experience in curriculum development for companies in the food industry. In addition to her interim role as WBC manager, she also manages MCNW’s credit program. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, karaoke and event planning.

Marisa Robertson-Textor

WBC COVID Response Manager
(503) 896-5086

Marisa is a twice-transplanted Portlander, having first moved here in high school and returned again in 2018. During the intervening years, she lived in Moscow and New York City. She holds a B.A. in Russian literature from Brown University, and an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University. Marisa understands the ups and downs of being a small business owner firsthand, having been catapulted into that role in 2009, when the national magazine where she worked suddenly folded. She loves helping small business owners, including the local Slavic community, find new ways and platforms to tell their stories, and feels lucky to live in a city with such a strong and vibrant maker culture. In her free time, she loves to sing, write about travel, develop recipes, and forage for huckleberries.

Gabrielle Giscombe

Small Business Financing Advisor
(503) 896-5813

Gabrielle obtained her Masters of Business Administration from Willamette University, and has a B.A. in International Business from the University of North Florida. She has a passion for working with minority business owners and those from underserved communities to provide education and counseling on financing opportunities. Since 2015, Gabrielle has worked within Fortune 500 companies, where her roles were in business banking and credit underwriting. She also consults with small non-profit organizations on the side. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, dining out at new restaurants on the east side, exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest, planning her next international trip and spending time with her family and friends.


Gregory Charles

WBC COVID Curriculum Specialist
(503) 896-5086

Greg has over 25 years of experience working with all types of businesses, ranging from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. In 1989, he began managing corporate financial operations and reporting, where he learned the challenges of managing a business first-hand. Since 2002, he’s been active in college and continuing professional education. Greg has taught at a number of colleges and universities in the Portland metropolitan area in the fields of accounting, finance, economics, business math, forecasting, and managerial statistics. He currently holds adjunct faculty positions at Portland Community College and Oregon Coast Community College.

Greg earned his M.A. in Development Banking from The American University in Washington D.C. and his B.A. in International Relations from The University of Pennsylvania.

Our Advisory Committee

The Women’s Business Center at Mercy Corps Northwest is directed by staff and a volunteer-led Advisory Committee. Our advisors represent a diverse background of experience and contribute to the success of our economic development programs. The WBC advisory board is led by the WBC manager.

Interested in joining the team? Let us know! training.mcnw@mercycorps.org