Lowenstein Trust

Recognizing those who are making a difference for the underserved

The Steve Lowenstein Trust Board of Directors
is now accepting
NOMINATIONS for the 2019

Please see To Nominate and Nomination Form links
Nominations due 11/4/19

Adrienne Livingston
2018 Steve Lowenstein Award recipient.
The award was presented Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
Portland City Council Chambers.

(Recorded video - Council 12/5/18 Morning Session - will be made available online here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/28258 )

Adrienne Livingston is known in Portland for her long-term commitment to social and racial justice. This year, the Lowenstein Trust is honoring Adrienne for her role as the Anti-Sex Trafficking Director for WorldVenture in Portland. The award includes a stipend of $7,500, to further her work. The City Council presentation will highlight Adrienne’s commitment to deter sex trafficking in our community by raising awareness, providing preventive education and training, and connecting victims with support services to aid their recovery. https://www.worldventure.com/launch-of-new-anti-sex-trafficking-podcast/

Adrienne Livingston (holding award) with City Council and attending Lowenstein Trust board members

While trafficking victims come from all walks of life, research shows an over-representation of individuals from poor and minority communities. Adrienne speaks out to hundreds of community members about the issue of sex trafficking and teaches preventive strategies to protect young people from becoming victims. In Portland churches, schools, and in law enforcement and social service settings, Adrienne delivers a model curriculum designed for at-risk youth that emphasizes a pro-active approach. Participating middle and high school girls gain insights from the Girls Empowerment Curriculum, learning about healthy relationships, safe boundaries, and verbal and physical self-defense skills. Adrienne’s engaging teaching style helps students become aware of the common tactics used by sex traffickers, and to practice strategies to protect themselves from exploitation. In addition, Adrienne’s role with the Mentorship Support Collaborative focuses on training members of the faith community to become mentors for sex trafficking victims.

Adrienne with Lowenstein Trust board member Margie Harris and Chair Joe Hertzberg.

To effectively address sex trafficking in Portland, Adrienne emphasizes the importance of community coordination and collaboration among schools, community organizations, social service and government agencies, and law enforcement.

Adrienne addressing City Council

“She has a shining spirit,” says Carolyn Walker, a colleague and supporter of Adrienne’s work. “The work she is doing is in the fabric of her being. Goodness emanates from her.”

2018 Lowenstein Trust Award recipient Adrienne Livingston

A native Oregonian, Adrienne Livingston previously served as executive director of the Black United Fund in Portland.

Adrienne and a portion of the Trust Board


Your financial support helps make our annual award possible. We have recently added an online donation page (see link at the top of this page ) to this site to make it easier to donate. Please consider making a donation to help the Lowenstein Trust continue its mission.

Photos: Art Alexander


Steve Lowenstein was an inspiring model of public service. His sense of purpose, his integrity, and his perseverance inspired many who have worked on issues of human rights and social justice. He joined the Peace Corps after law school in the early 1960s and wrote a textbook on Ethiopian law. He worked in Washington DC for the Office of Economic Opportunity and in Chile for the Ford Foundation. He was founding Director of Oregon Legal Services, developed the funding mechanism for legal aid, authored a groundbreaking history—The Jews of Oregon 1850-1950—and at the time of his death in 1990 had served for six years as Executive Assistant to former City Commissioner Mike Lindberg.

The Award -Steve liked most to have an impact from behind the scenes. His will established a board managed endowed trust fund for the Lowenstein Trust award with the following stipulation:

“The recipient of the Lowenstein Trust Award shall be that person who demonstrated (in the opinion of the Trustees) the greatest contribution to assisting the poor and underprivileged in the city of Portland, Oregon. Each year the recipient must be in need of these funds to help carry on his or her work and must use the award to further the type of work for which it was given.”

Art Alexander, Jamaal Folsom, Monica Goracke, Michelle Harper, Margery Harris, Joe Hertzberg (Chair), Marc Jolin, Paul Kelly, Charles R. Williamson

Nick Fish, Sandra Haefker, Daniel Jacobs, Mike Lindberg, Chris Lowenstein, Lee Rosner, Kris Wilkinson.

Gretchen Kafoury, Ron Paul

Contact/ Mail Contributions:
The Lowenstein Trust
c/o Margie Harris
3546 SE Woodward Street  |
Portland, Oregon 97202