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Founder & Board President

Gabriella Cordova

Gabriella has spent the past fifteen years dedicated to the creation of a sex-positive world. Having been, at one time or other, a business person, farmer, mother, neo-tantra healer, sex worker, presenter, and event organizer, Gabriella came into possession of unique skill sets. That, combined with her hippie upbringing in Europe, bits, and pieces of formal education, and an unstoppable belief in humanity,  made her both a visionary and a person who did whatever it took to get the organization to where it is today. 

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Karen Hery

From 2017 - 2019 Karen and her partner, Walker O'Rourke, were part of the core leadership team of Sex Positive Portland and the primary stewards of the 2018 and 2019 Polytopia, a weekend long symposium on Polyamory co-hosted by Sex Positive World and Sex Positive Portland. In 2019 she joined the Sex Positive World board after launching the first annual Sex Positive World Hawaiian Vacation.

She helps steward two communal households, one in Portland and one in Vancouver, housing artists, healers and craftspeople from all walks of life.  She travels throughout the West Coast leading musical poetry performances and open mics and is currently on an extended travel trip around the world seeking and spreading sex positivity on her travels through Europe, the US, Mexico, Southeast Asia and Australia/New Zealand.

John Sickler

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John is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice specializing in working with LBGTQ populations and the polyamory community. A former youth pastor and musical director at his church, John has moved a long way from his roots. However, he is no less dedicated to making the world a better place, and he dedicates much of his time helping create programming for SPW and tends to the well-being of all those who seek his wise counsel. He also serves on the Board of SexPositive Portland.

SPW is seeking Board Members,


If you are interested in serving on the board, please write to gabriella@sexpositiveworld.org 


In order of importance, we’re looking for diversity, passion, a willingness to roll up your sleeves, experience and or education, and connections.