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Michael Leland

What is your profession? How do you spend your days?
I’ve owned a local mortgage company, Mortgage Trust, Inc., for 15+ years. Needless to say, the mortgage industry has kept me on my toes for many of those years. I also coach high school basketball.

If you could have lunch with one person living or dead, who would it be and why?
John Wooden. He was an incredible leader who impacted the lives of thousands of people through the game of basketball.

What has inspired you to be an engaged philanthropist?
I was a “Little” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program as a kid. My positive experiences with that program was the catalyst for getting involved in philanthropy as an adult.

What do you value about Social Venture Partners Youth (SVPY)?
As the Parent Lead and co-founder for the Portland Chapter of SVPY, I’ve been privileged to walk alongside this amazing group of kids. It’s been fascinating and inspiring to hear them discuss and debate the various facets of this program. It gives me confidence that the next generation of leaders is going to do amazing things in the world.

What has your daughter learned through her involvement in SVPY?
She has learned about the power of philanthropy and that she is capable of making a positive difference in the world. She’s learned to engage in a healthy dialogue with her peers about important issues facing her community.