Speakers

Tanya Beer, Associate Director of the Center for Evaluation Innovation

Tanya Beer is Associate Director of the Center for Evaluation Innovation, where she helps to lead the Center’s work, with a particular focus in the areas of systems change and advocacy evaluation. She has a broad range of evaluation experience in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and public sectors. Tanya will be leading the Tuesday practicum – Winning in Salem: Tools to Build Effective and Powerful Coalitions.

Dr. Tom Shapiro, Institute on Assets and Social Policy

Dr. Tom Shapiro directs the Institute on Assets and Social Policy and is the Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. His most recent book, Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future, explores the fault lines of race in the landscape of inequality. Dr. Shapiro will be speaking on Wednesday morning.

José A. Quiñonez, CEO, Mission Asset Fund

José lived undocumented for much of his youth before gaining legal status through the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. That experience shaped his lifelong commitment to breaking down the barriers that keep people from realizing their full potential. He now serves on Consumer Advisory Councils for Capital One, Experian, and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. From 2012 to 2014, he was the inaugural chair of the Consumer Advisory Board of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Learn more about Mission Asset Fund.

Adam Stein, Columbia Bank

Adam is a Fair and Responsible Banking Manager at Columbia Bank and serves as Columbia’s CRA officer. Adam has been in banking for over 10 years, working previously at Umpqua Bank and the former West Coast Bank. Before beginning his career in banking, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia from 2004 to 2006 as a community and economic development adviser with his host agency, Mercy Corps.

Daniel Dodd-Ramírez, Assistant Director for the Office of Financial Empowerment

Daniel Dodd-Ramírez serves as Assistant Director for the Office of Financial Empowerment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  The Office of Financial Empowerment focuses on the specific opportunities and challenges of low-income and economically vulnerable consumers as they engage in the financial marketplace. In 2010 he was selected as a fellow to the Annie E. Casey Foundation Fellowship Program.

Learn more about the work of the CFPB at www.consumerfinance.gov

Lillian Karabaic, Oh My Dollar

Lillian Karabaic lives in Portland, Oregon where she fills her life making data look pretty, playing with budgets, wonking about transportation, riding her beautiful bicycle Dora, and organizing people and things. She eats 3 tacos every morning for breakfast.

She teaches personal finance to millennials through workshops, courses, and a weekly podcast as Oh My Dollar!

Margaret Salazar, Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services

OHCS is Oregon’s Housing Finance Agency, providing financial and program support to create and preserve opportunities for quality, affordable housing for Oregonians of low and moderate incomes. Prior to joining OHCS, Margaret served in various leadership roles over a 10 year career at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. As HUD Oregon Field Office Director, Margaret convened providers to share and adopt best practices for ending veteran homelessness in communities across Oregon.

Megan Bolton, Senior Research Analyst, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Megan Bolton joined Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) as Senior Research Analyst in June 2015. In this role, Megan leads the research team’s efforts to improve existing data collection methods, report on agency activities, understand statewide housing needs, and inform policy and planning decisions. Megan came to Oregon from Washington, DC where she worked for the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) for six years. As Research Director there, Megan was responsible for NLIHC’s signature research report, Out of Reach.

Shoshanah Oppenheim, Planning and Policy Manger, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Shoshanah Oppenheim is the Planning and Policy Manger at Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS).  She is leading the work to develop Oregon’s Statewide Housing Plan. Once completed the plan will lay out strategies on how the department will make our investments and how funding will be prioritized.  Shoshanah has been committed to increasing engagement at the department and sits on the Equity Council.  Before joining OHCS, Shoshanah worked on tough and thorny issues for the City of Portland.  She is most proud of her work to develop and implement the City of Portland’s Civil Rights Plan and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Michael Anderson, Director, Center for Community Change’s Housing Trust Fund Project

The HTFProject partners with state and local initiatives working to advance housing trust funds and dedicate public revenue to create and preserve affordable housing for people with the lowest incomes, and to build new power and capacity capable of advancing equitable housing and homeless policy through statewide resident organizing networks.

Based in Portland, Oregon, Michael provides technical assistance and support to state and local coalitions working to establish and strengthen housing trust funds that dedicate public revenue to creating and preserving affordable housing for people with the lowest incomes.

Patty Avery, Program Specialist,Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Patty Avery is a program specialist in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Financial Empowerment, and serves as program manager for Your Money, Your Goals, a toolkit and training program for a range of intermediaries who serve low-income consumers.  She joined CFPB in 2012. Ms. Avery’s work is informed by her stateside experiences as a banker, a leader on Bank On programs and efforts to end homelessness in Indiana as well as her international experience in working with street girls in Brazil.

Royce Bowlin, Director of Behavioral Health Policy for Oregon Health Authority

Royce has more than 20 years of professional experience working in Oregon’s behavioral health system. Prior to coming to Oregon Health Authority, Royce held the role of clinical officer for Cascadia Behavioral Health Care and served as the president for Oregon Residential Provider Association.  As a clinical officer, Royce had shared responsibility for developing and implementing a clinical model and strategy that moved the organization towards a public health approach when dealing with behavioral health issues.

Steve Pagenstecher, Vice President of Member Experience, Point West Credit Union

Steve Pagenstecher is the Vice President of Member Experience at Point West Credit Union in Portland, OR, where he oversees marketing, IT, community outreach, and member operations, and leads the credit union’s community, business and product development efforts. Prior to joining Point West, he served as Vice President of Member Relations at Valley Credit Union in Salem, OR and has over 15 years of experience in marketing and communications.

Tobias Read, Oregon State Treasurer

Elected Oregon’s 29th State Treasurer in 2016, Tobias Read is a collaborative problem solver who draws upon his management, political and finance policy experience to serve Oregonians as Treasurer.

In 2015, he was a chief sponsor of the Oregon Retirement Savings Plan, which will be the first operating state-sponsored retirement program when it launches in mid-2017. The plan will enroll Oregon workers who lack access to a retirement savings option through their employers, and will allow hundreds of thousands more Oregonians to retire with dignity after a lifetime of work.

Kenny LaPoint, Assistant Director Public Affairs, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Kenny has over 13 years of housing and community development experience. Prior to his service with the State of Oregon, Mr. LaPoint spent six years as the Housing and Resident Services Director for Housing Works, the Central Oregon Regional Housing Authority. Mr. LaPoint also served for over three years as a Homeownership Counselor for NeighborImpact, Central Oregon’s Community Action Agency.

Alison McIntosh, Deputy Director for Policy & Communications, Neighborhood Partnerships

Alison serves as the Deputy Director for Policy & Communications at Neighborhood Partnerships where she convenes the Oregon Housing Alliance. Alison also served at NP from 2006 - 2014, and in that role assumed increasing responsibility in advocacy, communications, and policy analysis. From 2014 to 2016, Alison spent two plus years as the Government Relations and Communications Liaison at Oregon Housing and Community Services, where she helped to lead the agency's legislative work and served as the Spokeswoman for the agency. Alison began working for non-profit organizations in 2001 as a community organizer. She holds a BA in Political Science from Macalester College.

Anthony Petchel, Director of Philanthropy, REACH

Anthony brings over twenty years of leadership experience in team development and growth strategies. At REACH Anthony leads the fundraising, marketing, and PR team where he is responsible for developing comprehensive fundraising and communications strategies to support REACH's ongoing programs and new capital campaigns. Prior to joining REACH, Anthony served as VP of Development at OMSI. Before transitioning to fundraising, Anthony spent over 16 years in commercial banking. Anthony holds an MBA and has extensive board service, having served on a variety of Boards of Directors including Board President for the Willamette Valley Development Officers (WVDO) and Treasurer for Portland Homeless Family Solutions.

Sharon Fitzgerald, Senior Director of Housing and Recovery Support Services, Central City Concern

Sharon has more than 15 years of professional experience working in the affordable housing industry assisting high-risk individuals and families with disabilities, criminal histories and other barriers to accessing housing, employment and health care. Her work includes strategic planning and execution of those plans, contract management, reporting, program development and coordination, supervision of staff, direct client services and financial oversight of more than 1,700 affordable housing units. Central City Concern employs about 900 employees, 46 percent of whom identify as being in recovery from substance use disorders, homelessness and/or mental illness.

Emerson Sekins, Deputy Director, Northwest Access Fund

Northwest Access Fund is a Community Development Financial Institution and non-profit which supports people with disabilities in Washington and Oregon afford Assistive Technology. Emerson is passionate about working with the disability community and is energized by the possibility of disrupting the all too prevalent connection between disability and poverty. As Deputy Director, Emerson does a little bit (sometimes a lot) of everything--including technology management, grant reporting, grant writing, community presentations and education.

Aldo Solano, Health Equity Organizer, Oregon Latino Health Coalition

Aldo Solano moved to the US from Colima, Mexico when he was just 6 years old. At 15, Aldo started volunteering at FHDC’s after school program and later interned for the Funds Development Department, creating his pathway to a career in community development and a passion for social equity. One year after graduating from Woodburn High School, Aldo became a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient. Thanks to this program, Aldo has been able to continue to develop his leadership skills and serve his community. Aldo currently works as the Health Equity Organizer for the Oregon Latino Health Coalition where he was part of the team that passed SB 558, Cover All Kids.

Carlos Garcia, Director of Economic Opportunity, Hacienda CDC

Carlos joined the Hacienda team in December 2011. He has over 9 years of experience advocating for struggling homeowners and creating homeownership and other asset building opportunities for working families. Carlos oversees Hacienda’s newest strategic initiative to integrate Financial Capabilities into all of its programmatic areas including homeownership. Carlos hopes to continue advocating for policies that help promote family economic success throughout Portland and the State of Oregon. Carlos holds a degree in International Business from Oregon State University where he worked throughout his undergrad career on issues of access and retention for Chicano/ Latino students.

David Rugh, Housing Support Specialist, Central City Concern

Central City Concern (CCC) is a Portland non-profit that provides housing, integrated health care services, and employment assistance to people experiencing homelessness in Portland. David began his own recovery five years ago after nearly 15 years of homelessness, first as a young child when he was homeless with his father, and then later on his own during his 20s.

David’s experience with substance use disorders, the criminal justice system, and violence that led to disability allows him to connect with a wide variety of individuals and help them achieve their own self-sufficiency. He supports all kinds of recovery because success looks different for different people, but David believes the foundation for all of it is stable housing.

Jacob Fox, Executive Director, Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County

Jacob started his career in the mid-1990’s and has worked for three different housing authorities in numerous capacities including resident services, property management, asset management, development and executive management. He also worked for the City of Portland where he directed investments in ending homelessness, affordable homeownership and affordable housing developments using general fund, CDBG, HOME and Tax Increment Financing. Jacob is active in housing policy deliberation and legislative advocacy at the local, state, regional and national levels.

Jennifer Knapp, Community Engagement Director, Community Vision

Jennifer connects individuals with disabilities to community activities as well as develops partnerships with area organizations and businesses. She also supervises the Asset Development and Dream Builders Alliance programs. Prior to moving to Oregon, Jennifer served as founder and Executive Director of Community Choices, a cooperative in Illinois offering innovative services to help people with disabilities live in the community, find employment, and develop community connections.

Jessica Junke, Director of Economic Opportunity, Neighborhood Partnerships

As the Director of Economic Opportunity at Neighborhood Partnerships, Jess leads the Oregon IDA Initiative, the largest state program of its kind in the country. Jess believes that lasting solutions come from listening first and then working together in a spirit of inclusive partnership and collaboration. Before joining NP in 2011, Jess graduated with a BA degree in Cultural Anthropology from Willamette University and spent time working for an urban studies non-profit in Chicago.

Kate Rood, Community Engagement Officer, Beneficial State Foundation

Beneficial State Foundation, a unique foundation that supports the triple bottom line mission of Beneficial State Bank. Before joining the movement to change banking for good, Kate advised Portland State University’s Impact Entrepreneurs on social innovation events and community programs. Her background is in executive education, bringing business leaders together for collaboration and community. A published writer, Kate believes good things happen when we speak, write and bear witness to each other’s stories. She is on the board of directors for Write Around Portland.

Merten Bangemann-Johnson, CEO, NeighborWorks Umpqua

Merten Bangemann-Johnson has over 20 years of local, national and international experience in housing and community development, public and non-profit management. Since his arrival to NeighborWorks Umpqua and Roseburg, OR in 2015, Merten has sought to redefine and reimagine how the organization grows its services in Southern Oregon.  From board member training to collaborative strategic planning, Merten is committed to creating a sustainable organizational development process that strengthens community-minded organizations against the fickle nature of funding cycles and government politics.

Se-ah-dom Edmo, Movement Building Director, Western States Center

Se-ah-dom Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock, Nez Perce, Yakama) is responsible for strengthening the vital connections between their Leadership Development programs and Gender Justice and Racial Justice programs. She is staff-lead for the Center’s training, networking and strategizing event – AMP (Activists Mobilizing for Power) and, the Center's work in supporting the passage of Senate Bill 13 in Oregon - which will require the teaching of Indian History and Sovereignty in K - 12 Schools across the state. Her background is rooted in organizing and policy work around Tribal justice and American Indian issues, she recently co-authored the book, American Indian Identity: Citizenship, Membership and Blood.

Sara Gelser, State Senator

Sara has served in the Oregon Legislature since 2005.  After serving in the Oregon House for nine years, she was elected to the Oregon State Senate in 2015.  She is Chair of the Senate Human Services Committee and sits on the Human Service Budget Committee.  She serves on the Senate Education Committee, Senate Workforce Committee, and the Senate Conduct Committee. Senator Gelser’s legislative accomplishments include strengthening Oregon’s rape statute, limiting the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools, strengthening protections for seniors and people with disabilities who are victims of abuse and neglect, and reducing barriers for access to medical and support services for children with disabilities. In 2007, Sara spearheaded Karly’s Law which improves child abuse investigations across the state.

Solana Rice, Director for State & Local Policy, Prosperity Now

With over a decade of focus on building wealth and financial security for low-income families, she leads a team to create and advance effective state and local policies. The team is dedicated to building strong advocacy partnerships with organizations in the field and identifying policies that can address racial inequalities. Solana supports the Prosperity Now Scorecard, a state-by-state assessment of how families are faring and the strength of state policies. She has also led several initiatives at Prosperity Now that use data to inform and compel new partnerships that in turn spark policy changes to improve financial capability for families.

Ross Ryan, Community Advocate, Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition

Ross works to make sure people with disabilities can live like everyone else. OSAC brings together self-advocates to have a unified voice about issues that affect their lives. As an OSAC leader, Ross has been instrumental in ensuring that Oregon laws and policies support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be full community members, working and living alongside their neighbors.

Gabrielle Guedon, Executive Director, Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition

Gabrielle is a dedicated advocate for people with disabilities in her local community and across the state. Through her work with Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition, Gabby has presented at various conferences, classrooms and organizations about the importance of employment and self-advocacy. Prior to her time with OSAC, Gabby worked at Community Vision, Inc. as an Employment Outreach Specialist and with OSAC as a paid peer mentor for employment.

Karen Wheeler, Business Development Associate, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc

Karen Wheeler focuses on improving the value of services for Oregon Health Plan members through strategic partnerships and business opportunities.  She has a 32+ year career working in Oregon’s behavioral health system. She has held a number of positions at the State of Oregon, Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority during her 21 years in state service, including roles related to compliance and quality assurance, program and policy development, management of statewide addiction services, directing the Health Systems Transformation project, administering contracts and business operations, administering statewide behavioral health services, and directing the Integrated Health Services section of the Health Systems Division.

Stephanie Sampedro, Financial Aid Specialist, Clackamas Community College

Stephanie is an advocate for higher education access and affordability. She has worked for the last five years to help underrepresented students succeed in college and navigate financial aid and student loan debt. Her background is in asset building, as she coordinated the education IDA Program at Innovative Changes as the Student Finance Specialist. In this role, she also counseled many students on how to navigate the student loan debt system to lower payments, get out of default and understand how their student loans affect the rest of their finances. She currently works as a Financial Aid Specialist at a local community college. Stephanie has a B.A. in History and Film and Media Studies from Swarthmore College and is a certified Student Loan Debt Counselor.

Quin Collins, IDA Program Manager, College Dreams

Quin Collins currently serves as the IDA Program manager at College Dreams where she leads the organizations asset building work. In her role, she develops strategies and aligns programs and resources to ensure that low-income, first generation and underrepresented youth have access to opportunities in higher education and job training.

Maria Hernandez, Residents United Network

Maria Hernandez is a leader with Residents United Network in Poway, California. She has been active with RUN’s San Diego regional chapter since 2014. Maria is a single mom who lived with her aunt and uncle before moving into affordable housing. Since being active with RUN and meeting with government officials she decided to go back to school and is now majoring in Political Science. In 2022 Maria will be running for City Council in Poway.

Cameron Herrington, Anti-displacement Coordinator, Living Cully

Cameron Herrington coordinates the anti-displacement program for the Living Cully coalition. Living Cully is a partnership of four community development organizations that are active in the Cully neighborhood: Habitat for Humanity, Hacienda CDC, NAYA and Verde. Cameron leads Living Cully’s efforts to ensure that neighborhood change and investment creates more opportunities for people of color and low-income households to live and thrive in Cully and beyond, rather than leading to their displacement as housing costs increase. His background is in cross-cultural community organizing, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.

Vivian Satterfield, Deputy Director, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon

Vivian Satterfield is a second-generation bi-lingual Chinese American, born and raised in inner-city Chicago. Moving sight unseen to Portland in 2008 with a mix of naivete and youthful optimism, she immediately found meaningful work at ROSE Community Development creating affordable housing in outer southeast Portland neighborhoods. Vivian believes in the power of community, the effectiveness of collective action and the therapeutic benefits of a long bike ride. She is currently the Deputy Director at OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, where she's helped bring campaigns such as lifting Oregon's 17-year long ban on inclusionary zoning, and the extension of transfer times on TriMet through the Campaign for a Fair Transfer, to success.

Constance Slider Pierre, Director of Organizing and Community Engagement, Housing California

Constance Slider Pierre is a native of Sacramento. She has an expertise in program development, organizing, coalition building, and strategic planning. Constance has worked on local and national organizing campaigns, and has spent over 15 years organizing, managing and directing grassroots community and labor organizing campaigns including three years as the director for The Coalition on Regional Equity (CORE) a project of the Sacramento Housing Alliance in Sacramento, California. Constance currently lives in Oakland, California

Bandana Shrestha, Director of Community Engagement, AARP Oregon

Bandana Shrestha serves as the staff lead for AARP's livability work in the state including growing and supporting the Network of Age-friendly Communities, advocating for policies and program that enhance affordable and accessible housing options, and expanding transportation and mobility options for all. Before joining AARP, Bandana served as Director of Model Programs and Partnerships for the Points of Light Foundation where she developed and led programs to engage and served diverse under-served populations, including the Family Strengthening & Neighborhood Transformation Campaign and the Asset Building & Economic Security Program.

Mary Li, Director, Multnomah Idea Lab

The MIL, part of the Multnomah Department of County Human Services, is charged with seeking policy and innovation within the human services and government sectors.  The MIL seeks to positively change community conditions resulting from poverty and racism by practicing human-centered design, seeking out critical thinking and research, and conducting applied research tests in the real world.

Bill Boyd, Family Services Manager, JOIN

Bill Boyd, LCSW serves as the Family Services Manager at JOIN, a Portland-based service organization.  He received his MSW from Portland State University, and has worked in mental health, community development and supportive housing for over 25 years.

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Neighborhood Partnerships is a statewide nonprofit organization with a 27-year history of achieving impacts throughout Oregon’s communities. We are recognized for our leadership in policy and program design, advocacy, and program management. We work with organizations, foundations, jurisdictions, trade associations, and individuals who are committed to improving life for all Oregonians. We are the manager of the Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative, the convener of the Oregon Asset Building Coalition, and the convener of the Housing Alliance.