The Salem Chamber’s Inspire Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization driving leadership and workforce development efforts in our region, is proud to announce the next members of its Board of Directors.

“The talent in leadership that we’re consistently cultivating in our programs is a direct result of the leaders we’re fortunate to have serving on our Board of Directors. The growth that we have been able to achieve in terms of the lives we touch stems from the vision provided by our volunteer leaders” said Kathy Moore, CEO of the Inspire Foundation.

The Inspire Foundation’s flagship programs are Leadership Salem and Leadership Youth, which weave the social, civic and economic fabric of our community in groundbreaking and unique ways. 

It is an honor to have Tamara Mack and Jonathan U. Castro Monroy invest in the lives of so many through their service.

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Tamara Mack, Training & Development and Recruitment Manager, SAIF Corporation

Tami believes learning is a lifelong journey and that everyone should do work they love.  She is passionate about career and leadership development.  Tami owns North Star Leadership Consulting and works with clients on a variety of training, learning, and facilitation needs.  She also manages talent for SAIF Corporation, which includes training & development and recruitment.  An avid reader, she is a junkie for all books on personal and leadership development.  Tami is an alumni of leadership Salem in 2010 and Leadership Oregon in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business management from Western Oregon University, and certifications in e-Learning and EQi.


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Jonathan U. Castro Monroy, New Directions Financial in a partnership with MassMutual Financial

Jonathan was born in Tulancingo Hidalgo, Mexico and moved to Salem, OR at the age of seven. He grew up in the Salem community and attended local schools; Bush Elementary, Leslie Middle School, North Salem High School, Chemeketa Community College and Oregon State University where he culminated his studies in Political Science.

Motivated by the North Salem High School’s JROTC program and the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Youth program, he became passionate about serving his community at an early age.

His bi-cultural background and drive to better his community has led him to volunteer at numerous organizations and to various community leadership roles. Most notably he is the former Vice Chair of the City of Salem Parks and Recreations Advisory Board and former Board Member of the City of Salem Community Police Review Board.

Currently he serves as

  • Chair of the City of Salem Human Rights and Relations Advisory Commission
  • Treasurer of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Salem Chapter
  • Board Member of the Salem Keizer Education Foundation
  • Board Member of the Salem City Club

With an interest in entrepreneurship and real estate; Jonathan started his first business in the entertainment industry in Astoria, OR at the age of 17. At the age of 20 he started his real estate investment career purchasing his first property in Salem, OR.

Professionally, Jonathan is passionate about the financial services industry and has been following the industry since he was 17. While in college, he worked at local banks, a finance firm and ultimately a full service financial planning firm working with the Latino and Business community. With encouragement from friends and clients Jonathan started his own firm; New Directions Financial in a partnership with MassMutual Financial, a fortune 100 company in 2016.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family. Grateful for an amazing community to live in, Jonathan is a connector and makes sure that all residents he encounters are aware of all the resources available to them in a way that has become customary in Salem.

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