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Eleanor Goldberg

Eleanor Goldberg

Eleanor Goldberg recalls the evening several years ago when she attended a PESLSF board meeting and met several of our scholarship recipients who shared details about their journey to the United States. "I was very moved by their stories." She adds, "I'm filled with admiration for the determination and resilience of these newcomers who have lost almost everything they know, yet are eager to create better lives for themselves and their children." Determined to help Portland's immigrant and refugees get rooted in a new language, Eleanor joined the board of PESLSF shortly after that meeting.

Her interest in Portland's newcomers had previously led Eleanor to volunteer in the classroom at Portland Adult Education where she was hired in 2008 as a reading teacher. In addition to her work at PAE and as the President of the PESLSF Board, Eleanor also tutors a student in reading.

When asked about her interest in PESLSF, Eleanor responds, "What attracted me was the fact that the organization fills a unique niche in helping immigrants and refugees continue their education and professional development." PESLSF is the only organization in the area that offers financial aid to non-native speakers for the advanced language courses needed to pass certification or to succeed in college. "As President," she says, "I'm hoping to continue to build our Board depth and our fund-raising capacity because of the increased demand we're experiencing for scholarships." For every scholarship awarded, three applicants are turned away due to lack of funds.

Eleanor knows how to energize a board meeting. Her enthusiasm, excellent organizational and leadership skills, and imaginative ideas for fund raising projects have enabled PESLSF to award more scholarships. While Eleanor brings a cheerful smile and a good sense of humor to the board meetings, she also knows how to focus on the details while keeping the big picture in view.

Originally from Chicago, Eleanor has lived in Portland since 1987. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a BS in Special Education, she lived in Boston for 14 years where she earned an MBA from Northeastern University. There she taught special education and worked in real estate syndication. "After moving to Portland," Eleanor relates, "I worked for the Sandy River Group, a company that developed and operated nursing care facilities, and then became the administrator at Sedgewood Commons, a nursing care facility specializing in Alzheimer's care." Eleanor was the Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter from 1996-2006.

When she finds a little free time, Eleanor loves kayaking, hiking, traveling, yoga, gardening and reading. She lives with her partner, Malcolm, and their cat, Romeo. She says, "Malcolm and I have become avid birders, which has added a new dimension to our travels. We also spend a lot of time at our camp on Clary Lake in Whitefield."