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Beach Pace

Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia NW
CEO
Portland, OR
Beach has a passion for leadership. She loves the challenge and excitement of building teams & collaboratively overcoming challenges.

She is originally from New Jersey and holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MPA from Northern Michigan University.

Beach served in the US Army in the Ordnance branch both domestically and overseas as a Bomb Squad Executive Officer and Commander. As a commander she led her unit in highly sensitive explosive disposal operations, improvised explosive device operations and State Department security operations for the US President, Vice President, Secretary of State and other dignitaries both foreign and domestic.

Her corporate experience comes from the pharmaceutical industry where she worked in sales and marketing for 9 years. She was a regional manager and led a highly successfully team covering the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. She inherited a last place team and led them to first in the company within 6 months. Afterward, her team routinely led the company in sales performance in several products spanning various medical specialties.

In the non-profit sector Beach served as the Vice President and Executive Director of City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley. This was one of 25 sites that make up City Year Inc, an international nonprofit that focuses on increasing the high school graduation rate. Her responsibilities included engaging with the Bay Area community, working with a site board, securing $3 million in annual funding and leading her 80-person team. Her organization served in San Jose schools and executed large-scale service projects all around the Bay Area. Beach brought the site out of debt toward financial security and growth in the wake of the recession. She and her team were recognized for their innovation and they earned top company awards for best all-around City Year site.

Beach also served as the National Sales Director for Roadtrip Nation. Roadtrip Nation is an education company that empowers individuals to pursue fulfilling careers. They create content, resources and experiences to help people connect their interests to their life passion. In her role she led the company’s B2B sales efforts, oversaw a team of sales and implementation professionals & set strategy.

She is currently serving as the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia NW. The Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to provide children experiencing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Beach resides in Hillsboro, Oregon where she lives with her wife and their two children.