Chris Hermann

Metropolitan Family Service (MFS) will recognize and honor Christopher R. Hermann with the 2014 Thomas Stoel Award for Volunteer Commitment to Community at a spring recognition luncheon to be held on May 28.

Hermann, a partner at Stoel Rives LLP, has a long history of charitable involvement and support in the Portland community, playing an active role in fundraising events including many years of leadership on local nonprofit boards, including service on the Metropolitan Family Service Board of Directors. Currently, he is incoming board chair of the Classic Wines Auction, which raised more than $3.4 million this year for five local charities helping children and families in Portland and Southwest Washington.

“Chris has a big heart for philanthropic causes, especially those related to kids and education,” said Judy Strand, CEO of Metropolitan Family Service. She added, “We are honored to recognize his longtime investment of leadership, involvement and support for MFS and for our greater community.”

Hermann is the first attorney at Stoel Rives to receive this award since its inception 12 years ago, recognizing one of MFS’ founding board members Thomas B. Stoel.

History of past award recipients:

  • 2002 Thomas B. Stoel
  • 2004 John von Schlegell
  • 2006 Eileen Johnson (awarded posthumously)
  • 2008 Carolyn McMurchie
  • 2010 Karen Hinsdale
  • 2012 The Robert G. Miller Family

Award background

Thomas B. Stoel was a nationally recognized corporate and tax lawyer, cofounder of the firm that bears his name, Stoel Rives. As one of Portland’s leading citizens, Mr. Stoel helped establish many local charitable foundations and he played a significant role in promoting philanthropy in our region.

The Thomas Stoel Award was created by Metropolitan Family Service in 2000 to honor Mr. Stoel and his legacy of volunteer community to our community. In 1950, Mr. Stoel wrote the original by-laws and articles of incorporation for Metropolitan Family Service and served as a founding member of the organization’s Board of Directors. Until his passing, he continued to provide support for the mission of Metropolitan Family Service.

Metropolitan Family Service (MFS) provides help to more than 30,000 children, families, and older adults in the greater Portland and SW Washington area each year. With a mission to help people move beyond the limitations of poverty, inequity and social isolation, MFS delivers proven programs to help people succeed at home, in school and in the community

For more additional information contact MFS Director of Communications Darrin Swaim at 503.232.0007 ext. 170. You can also visit our website at