New Sensation: Emily Leuning, Oregon Microenterprise Network

Posted on October 23, 2013

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What better way to learn about a new ELGL member than a series of extremely personal questions that may or may not be work related. That is our goal in the New Sensation feature. Whether it is learning about a person’s top accomplishments in the last 24 hours or learning about the inside of their car, you learn more here than any icebreaker that you’ve been a part of.

Emily Leuning

Emily Leuning

Current Positions: Assistant Manager, MarketLink Program, Oregon Microenterprise Network (OMEN), International Admissions Evaluator, Portland State University,  and

Education: Portland State University, Master of Public Administration (MPA), Global Leadership and Management and University of Oregon, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), International Studies

Connect: LinkedIn and Vizify

Q & A with Emily

Editor’s Note: The following is Emily’s feedback on #ELGL13, and an excellent idea for #ELGL14:

Thanks for hosting literally the best local government conference ever (who comes up with all of the parks and rec references anyway?) – maybe next year we can have a Rent A Swag booth to spiff ourselves up, ya?

Tell us about three projects that you are working on.

  • I’m doing a lot of research for a federal Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge grant which was awarded to the Portland/Vancouver region.  We’re looking at manufacturing, computers/electronics, aerospace/defense and a few other sectors that I have a limited amount of previous experience with, so I’m learning a lot!
  • Finishing up my MPA; one more paper to go!
  • Life.

Describe the inside of your car. I don’t have a car, but I have a bike. The inside of my bike bag currently contains today’s lunch, an anniversary card I need to send to my parents, my canvas Mumbai bag, bike lights, my ipod and a bungee cord.

Most recent concert you attended: A couple of the summer zoo/Washington Park amphitheater concerts.

If you could only visit five websites for the next year, which ones would you choose?

  • NPR
  • BBC
  • Gmail
  • Google and
  • ELGL, of course.

(Complete the sentence) Before I die I want to… visit all seven continents – Antarctica, here I come!

Favorite TV show: Parks and Recreation, House of Cards, or other

Parks and Rec

What song best describes your life? 

I had to google this one.  I took an online quiz titled “~*~ What song best describes you~*~” and it tells me that my song is I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ by the Scissor Sisters.  It’s upbeat, the title is an accurate descriptor of me most days and the video is ridiculous, so I’ll go with it.



If you could FaceTime or Skype with three people either dead or alive, who would they be?

  • Rosalind Franklin
  • Leslie Knope
  • Elizabeth Blackwell

Favorite thing to do on a Sunday morning: make tea, breakfast and and then read on the couch (hopefully not a textbook)!

(Complete the sentence) Government is… awesome.

(Complete the sentence) ELGL is … a great resource and connector!

 What’s the meaning of life?  ?

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