Brian Willms – Portland Sunshine Division

Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014

Brian Willms is the Senior Development Manager for the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division. He is responsible for developing and cultivating relationships for the Sunshine Division and is their primary fundraiser. 
Brian has chosen to professionally serve the Sunshine Division due to his strong desire to help those facing adversity. This desire is fueled by his experience of growing up with foster children from the age of 11 through college.
Prior to joining the Sunshine Division Brian served as the President & CEO for The West Chamber – Serving Jefferson County and Loveland Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center (both in Colorado). Although, originally from Colorado Brian started his nonprofit career in Portland, Oregon working as the Director Member Services for the Portland Business Alliance. Brian has also worked for Citibank Diners Club, US Bank and Liberty Savings Bank, in addition to owning his own mortgage company.
A native of Colorado, Brian attended Regis University and Metropolitan State College of Denver. He currently resides in Beaverton, with his beautiful wife, Marcie and their youngest daughter Annika. Brian’s oldest daughter is a freshman at Sterling College, an hour north of Wichita, Kansas.

Since 1923, the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing emergency food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need. Whether due to the loss of a job, domestic crime, illness, or victims of fire or disaster, the Sunshine Division has built a 91-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders. As a charitable nonprofit (501c3) the Sunshine Division offers food assistance six days a week at their warehouse as well as 24/7 through our partnership with the Portland Police Bureau who store food boxes at each police precinct that can be dispatched to those in need at any time. The Sunshine Division also provides no-cost, bulk food and food boxes to 15+ local hunger relief non-profits serving Clark, Clackamas, Washington, and Multnomah counties. In addition to food relief, the Sunshine Division offers new and gently-used clothing at their on-site clothing room and fund new school clothes for low income children through their Izzy’s Kid’s program which pairs a Portland police officer with a child for a one-on-one shopping experience.