Portland, Ore. — The Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon (PACCO) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new executive director. For the first time in the twenty-five-year history of PACCO, the board unanimously voted to appoint Ms. Ellen Bolus-Edmonds as Executive Director, effective December 1, 2021.
“We are thrilled for Ellen and the community! Ellen is a talented, experienced leader with business acumen, positive energy, and deep passion for helping business owners thrive,” says PACCO President Janice Mason. “The board is confident with this decision and looking forward to building on accomplishments from 2020 and 2021,” said PACCO co-founder and board member Jaime Lim.
Bolus-Edmonds was born, raised, and schooled in the Philippines. She earned her MBA degree and graduated with the highest honors from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Philippines. Bolus-Edmonds past leadership roles include several appointments as Chief Operations Officer and Vice-President for Marketing and Sales for various publicly traded companies. She is expertly adept in administering and leading organizational matters involving people, processes, and systems management. Bolus-Edmonds managed sales teams that generated a revenue of $200M annually.
“I am deeply passionate about assisting small business owners, community members, and clients achieve their maximum potential so that together we can position the lives of the next generation to be better than our own,” said Bolus-Edmonds. Leveraging her credentials as a Certified Professional Executive Coach (CPC, Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP), and a Growthwheel Certified Business Advisor, Bolus-Edmonds will continue business recovery, growth, and development programs for PACCO, which during the pandemic included assisting more than 300 small business owners to survive. Ellen is faithful to her mission statement, “Live insanely great lives, make a difference every day!”
PACCO is a welcoming and inclusive community organized to build generational wealth to empower economic resiliency, affordable sustainability, and purpose-driven global commerce, especially for historically marginalized, economically disadvantaged, and underserved communities through relevant, impactful programs and meaningful connections.
By grounding our efforts in racial equity, we promote economic opportunity, education, professionalism, and civic engagement by providing scholarships, leadership training programs, and technical assistance. PACCO is organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.