Michael Anderson, Director, Housing Trust Fund Project

Michael Anderson is the Director of the Housing Trust Fund Project for Community Change. The Housing Trust Fund Project advances housing justice through two primary strategies: We provide technical assistance and strategic support to state and local initiatives to secure new public revenue for affordable housing; and we build statewide organizing networks for residents of affordable housing as a new base of power to advance bold policies centered in lived experience that increase access to homes.

https://housingtrustfundproject.org/

Oscar Arana, Community Development Director, Native American Youth and Family Center

Oscar Arana has 12+ years of experience working in Portland’s premier, culturally-specific, nonprofits including IRCO, El Programa Hispano, and the Native American Youth and Family Center. Oscar is the Community Development Director at NAYA where he oversees programs and services that help community members create paths towards economic prosperity, build assets and community wealth, and guides culturally responsive systems change.

http://nayapdx.org

Andrea Bell, Director of Housing Stabilization, Oregon Housing & Community Services

Director Andrea Bell joined Oregon Housing & Community Services in 2019, and is currently the Director of the Housing Stabilization at Oregon Housing & Community Services.  Bell grew up spending her time between the Dominican Republic and California, through this experience she saw a stark contrast in opportunities based on their respective zip codes, inspiring her public service career. Prior to Director Bell joining Oregon Housing and Community Services, she served as the Housing Director within the Medicaid system, leading the operations and expansion of state funded Permanent Supportive Housing programs with Medicaid and state funding, accelerated opportunities to deploy sustainable solutions to end homelessness, aligned funding and policy at the intersection of health and housing and performance based models.  During her tenure, she spearheaded the state’s first tax credit project using Housing Trust Fund resources and led the Governor’s Housing and Health initiative aimed to provide long term housing opportunities for individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness and have a Serious and Persistent Mental Illness.  Bell holds a Master’s in Public Health.

Moira Bowman, Director of Advocacy and Organizing, Oregon Food Bank

Moira is a strategist with 25 years of leadership in movements for justice at the intersection of race, gender, sexuality and economic justice. She currently serves as Director of Advocacy and Organizing at Oregon Food Bank. In her work she is initiating year round civic engagement strategies that build community power by, with and for Black, Indigenous, People of Color, immigrant and refugee communities with expertise earned through lived experience of food insecurity.

https://oregonfoodbank.org

Annette Case, Pacific Northwest Program Officer, Asset Funders Network

Annette is an experienced advocate, policy researcher, analyst and leader with over 20 years dedicated to confronting inequities and advancing economic and racial justice for people and their communities. Annette works with national, state, and local nonprofit organizations and philanthropy to support change and action by helping develop new policy organizations, community coalitions and policy solutions and shifting narratives, practices and policies to equitably redistribute wealth and power.

https://assetfunders.org

Thosh Collins, Board Member, Native Wellness Institute

Thosh was born and raised in the Salt River Reservation in Arizona where he is now a family man, community organizer and an active participant in cultural and ceremonial gatherings. He is a board member and senior trainer for the Native Wellness Institute. Thosh, along with his wife Chelsey Luger, co-founded WELL FOR CULTURE, an Indigenous wellness initiative which promotes holistic wellness and ancestral teachings to optimize contemporary Indigenous lifestyles.

http://www.nativewellness.com/

Carlos David García, Executive Director, Neighborhood Partnerships

Carlos joined Neighborhood Partnerships as Director of Economic Opportunity in October 2018 and became Executive Director in September 2020. In his role, Carlos leads NP’s work to support asset building and financial vitality in communities across Oregon. This includes helping to manage the Oregon Individual Development Account Initiative on behalf of the State. With over 10 years of experience in the asset building field, Carlos brings expertise in direct client service, program development and administration, and leadership in policy initiatives. Carlos is passionate about supporting social and economic justice by centering the lived experience of those most impacted by programs and policy.  Carlos earned his undergraduate degree in International Business from Oregon State University in 2006. He was born and raised in Hermiston, Oregon.

Reyna Gillet, Community Organizer, Neighborhood Partnerships

Reyna is a Community Organizer with more than a decade of experience. She joined NP in 2018. They have been organizing in social justice movements related to labor, LGBTQ rights, and proudly leading the efforts of Residents Organizing for Change (ROC). They are an alum of PSU and prior to joining NP she was pursuing creative writing endeavors, and also enjoys stomping around in nature and cooking.

Cat Goughnour, Associate Director, Racial Wealth Equity, Racial Wealth Divide Initiative, Prosperity Now

Cat Goughnour is the Associate Director, Racial Wealth Equity on the Racial Wealth Divide Initiative at Prosperity Now. She is lead strategist on Prosperity Now’s racial economic and wealth equity portfolio and builds organizational capacity to design, operationalize and evaluate human-centered equity projects. She is also an award-winning, Oregon-born and raised human rights advocate specializing in applied equity policy, and holds a MSc from London School of Economics.

https://prosperitynow.org/racial-wealth-divide-initiative

Jeremie Greer, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Liberation in a Generation

Jeremie has dedicated his life and career to the advancement of racial and economic justice. He began his career in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, DC, organizing youth and tenants to fight back against the economic forces of gentrification. Working at the national level at two national non-profits, the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) and Prosperity Now, he has become a national policy expert on the causes and the policies to close racial wealth gap.

http://liberationinageneration.org

TomiRene Hettman, Resident Commissioner, Home Forward

TomiRene Hettman is a resident of affordable housing, and a founding member of Residents Organizing for Change.  Having survived being born homeless, she understands that affordable housing is as absolute necessity and not a commodity.  She believes wholeheartedly that, through united efforts, we can end homelessness once and for all!

https://www.oregonhousingalliance.org/residents-organizingfor-change/

Katrina Holland, Executive Director & Co-Convener, JOIN & Reimagine Oregon Project

Katrina Holland is the Executive Director of JOIN, a non-profit organization serving people experiencing homelessness in the Portland Metro area. Katrina is a strategic housing advocate, an expert in tenant rights and homelessness prevention, and a proven leader in non-profit organizational management. Katrina brings compassion and a strong commitment to addressing the needs of our neighbors living in poverty and experiencing homelessness. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Community Alliance of Tenants, Oregon’s only statewide renters rights organization. In partnership with Black leaders in Oregon, Katrina also helped co-found and co-convene the Reimagine Oregon Project, a project born out of the civic unrest around racial injustice in Oregon.”

Kymberly Horner, Executive Director, Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. (PCRI)

Kymberly Horner is the Executive Director for Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. (PCRI). Hired in July 2019, she is only the second person to serve in this position since PCRI’s formation over 28 years ago.

PCRI’s ongoing mission is to promote housing justice through advocacy, services, affordable housing and wealth creation for systemically disenfranchised people, particularly those of color. PCRI owns and operates over 700 units in the North/Northeast section of Portland, and Kymberly sees having a strong organizational foundation to work from as a key strength to allow her to help manage during these current economically challenging times.

In the midst of COVID-19, she oversaw and helped staff to navigate the challenges of the financing and construction of King + Parks, a 70-unit affordable housing rental project. Additionally, between 2019-2020 Kymberly and her staff completed the development of two separate for-sale townhome projects resulting in approximately 10 income qualified families becoming homeowners!

http://pcrihome.org

Daniel Haun, Director of Self-Sufficiency Programs (SSP), Oregon Department of Human Services

Dan Huan has been the Director of Self-Sufficiency Programs (SSP) since July 2019 and is responsible for leading the agency’s anti-poverty programs. He served as the SSP deputy director between May 2016 and June 2019.

Dan joined SSP after serving as the deputy director of Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation, bringing vast workforce experience to support the agency’s anti-poverty work.

Zella Knight, Resident United Network (RUN)

Zella Knight is a disabled, generational activist and a Resident United Network (RUN) LA leader with lived experience of homelessness, housing instability and housing insecurity.  As a forever advocate and leader of RUN LA, Zella seeks solutions to eliminate the barriers and obstacles, such as institutional and systemic racism, sexism, disability bias, gender bias, economic bias(source of income discrimination) that hinder and prevent access to affordable, safe, habitable housing for all.  

Akasha Lawrence Spence, Oregon State Representative

Representative Akasha Lawrence Spence proudly represents the West Side of Portland, including Downtown, the South Waterfront, NW and SW neighborhoods, Multnomah Village and Hillsdale. She serves on the House Judiciary Committee, House Revenue Committee, and the Joint Committee on Transparent Policing and Use of Force Reform. Akasha is also the Founder & Principal Designer of Fifth Element—a conscientious real estate development firm fortifying communities through real property ownership.

https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/lawrencespence

Andres Lopez, PhD, Director of Research, Coalition of Communities of Color

Andres Lopez is the Director of Research at the Coalition of Communities of Color. He is a trained sociologist with expertise in applied community research utilizing research and data justice strategies. He is Cuban-American, born in Long Beach, California, and currently living in Portland with his partner Nick and pup Benito.

http://www.coalitioncommunitiescolor.org

Alison McIntosh, Policy and Communications Director, Neighborhood Partnerships

Alison re-joined Neighborhood Partnerships in 2016 as the Policy and Communications Director, where she leads the work of the Oregon Housing Alliance. Prior to that, Alison spent two years as the Government Relations and Communications Liaison at Oregon Housing and Community Services, where she helped lead the agency’s legislative work and served as its Spokeswoman. Alison served at NP from 2006-2014, coordinating the work of the Housing Alliance and advising NP’s initial work on asset building. Alison began her career as a community organizer. She holds a BA in Political Science from Macalester College.

Erin Meechan, Leader, Residents Organizing for Change (ROC)

Erin Meechan is an affordable housing participant living in Gresham, OR. She has served as a member of the RAC, Resident Advisory Council, as well as, ARO, Action Council and policy work groups facilitated by an amazing staff from Home Forward in Multnomah County. Recently, she became a tenant leader with the Community Alliance of Tenants, working with tenant leaders from all over the state of Oregon. As a lobbyist, she meets with local legislators to show support for prisoner and victims’ rights and housing justice issues. Erin has a heart for service to her community and believes by changing policy through a racial equity lens we can achieve affordable housing for all.

Andreanecia Morris, Executive Director, HousingNOLA

Andreanecia M. Morris serves as the Executive Director for HousingNOLA, a 10-year public private partnership working to end New Orleans’ affordable housing crisis. The 10-Year Strategy and Implementation Plan, indicates the need for 90,000 affordable housing opportunities to address post-Katrina displacement and end housing insecurity by 2025. Gambit Weekly named Morris New Orleanian of the Year for her role in HousingNOLA’s innovative strategy in 2017.

http://www.housingnola.org

Anne Price, President, Insight Center

Anne E. Price is the first woman President of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development and one of the first national thought leaders to examine and push for narrative change in addressing race, gender and wealth inequality. Anne’s work has been featured in the New York Times, The Nation, The Washington Post and other publications. Anne is fellow at the Roosevelt Institute in New York. She holds a BA in Economics from Hampton University and a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the Milano School of Management and Urban Policy in New York City.

http://www.insightcced.org

Jessica Santos, Director of Community-Engaged Research, Institute on Assets and Social Policy, Brandeis

Jessica Santos, Ph.D, is a researcher and educator with expertise in social inequality, workforce development and diversity, refugee and immigrant integration, and Empowerment Economics. She is a Scientist and the Director of Community-Engaged Research at the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) at Brandeis University. Her current work is focused on learning from the intersections of research and practice to reduce inequality and bring innovative policy and program solutions to scale.

https://heller.brandeis.edu/iasp/work/ee.project.page/empowerment_economics.html

Katia Selezneva, Human Solutions, Organizer, Residents Organizing for Change (ROC)

Katia Selezneva is a Community Organizer with Human Solutions. Her interest lies in advancing public policy that promotes more equitable, culturally-responsive, housing programs for low-income households. Since moving to Portland in 2015, she has been working with the city’s growing homeless population and advocating for families and individuals dealing with housing instability. She currently organizes with tenants living in affordable housing through public outreach and by lobbying elected officials. Katia holds a BA In Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Masters of Public Policy from Portland State University.

Sophia Tzeng, Interim CEO, Oregon Consumer Justice

Sophia serves as Interim CEO for Oregon Consumer Justice, a non-profit operating foundation committed to ensuring that all people in Oregon experience a safe and fair marketplace. OCJ advances the rights of consumers through advocacy, research, education, and engagement, and works to bring consumer justice into balance for all Oregonians. Sophia is also Managing Director of ASCETA, a strategic design firm known for social venture leadership, equitable and inclusive collaborative planning.

http://www.oregonconsumerjustice.org

Sky Waters, Community Development Manager, Native American Youth and Family Center

Sky Waters is the Community Development Manager at NAYA. He oversees community wealth building activities including small business and workforce development, placed based economic strategies and asset building. Prior to NAYA, Sky was a Research Associate on the Capital Markets Innovation team at Fisher Investments, an investment management firm. In this role he conducted investment analysis for the Investment Policy Committee. Sky graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

http://nayapdx.org

Nitya Wakhlu, Owner, Drawbridge Innovations LLC

Nitya Wakhlu is the founder and Chief Visual Strategist at Drawbridge Innovations.

Nitya is best known for her expertise in designing group processes with the ability to synthesize and visualize conversations in real-time. She has more than 10 years of experience working as a visual practitioner and is proud to have served a diverse range of clients across three continents.

Nitya has a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer

drawbridgeinnovations.com

cameron whitten, CEO, Brown Hope

At the age of eighteen, cameron whitten (all pronouns) worked themself out of youth homelessness in Portland and has spent the past decade giving back to the same community that was here when they needed it most. cameron has been a leader in several movements for social change, served as the Executive Director of Q Center, and is currently CEO of racial justice nonprofit Brown Hope and Co-Founder of the Black Resilience Fund. They serve on the board of REACH CDC and Pioneer Courthouse Square.

http://brownhope.org

Lamar Wise, Political Coordinator, AFSCME 75

Lamar Wise (he/him) attended the University of Oregon, and after leaving began working for the Oregon Student Association in 2015, eventually rising to become the Executive Director. Last year, Lamar moved into a new role as the Political Coordinator for AFSCME Council 75. Since then, he has been appointed to numerous bodies and boards, including the ACLU of Oregon, the Community Alliance of Tenants, and Our Oregon. Lamar also co-founded the youth engagement organization Washington County Ignite Action.

https://www.oregonafscme.org/

https://www.reimagineoregon.org/

Winta Yohannes, Managing Director, Albina Vision Trust

Winta serves as the managing director of the Albina Vision Trust – a nonprofit organization stewarding the thoughtful reinvention and transformation of lower Albina, from which thousands of primarily African Americans residents were forcibly displaced by decades of urban renewal. Previously, she served as a senior policy advisor in Portland City Hall and is passionate about connecting community power to the political process. Winta grew up in Northeast Portland and graduated from Reed College.