Walidah Imarisha, Educator and organizer

Walidah Imarisha is a public scholar focused on Oregon Black history, science fiction and social justice, as well as alternatives to incarceration and transformative justice. She co-edited Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements. Imarisha's book Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison and Redemption won a 2017 Oregon Book Award. She has taught at Stanford University, Portland State University, and Oregon State University.


Margaret Salazar, Director, 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.

Tobias Read, Oregon State Treasurer, Oregon Treasury

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 2006, he was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives, where he served a decade and championed legislation to invest in public education, improve state financial management, finance critical infrastructure improvements, and to help Oregonians save for a more secure future.

Stephanie Ghoston Paul, Equity Facilitator and Coach, The Center for Equity and Inclusion

Stephanie is a lead facilitator at CEI, bringing consciousness raising, tool building, and strategic coaching to organizations. Prior to CEI, Stephanie practiced law in a number of public sector organizations. She founded a coaching and consulting company in 2013 and has served hundreds of executive, organizational, and freelance clients to turn their professional/personal strategic visions into reality.


Ezekiel Gorrocino Government Relations & Policy Associate, Center for Responsible Lending

Ezekiel Gorrocino is the Government Relations & Policy Associate at the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) where he helps coordinate the nonprofit’s efforts in fighting predatory lending practices such as payday, car title and installment loans across the western states. Prior to joining CRL, Ezekiel was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs where he gained experience in politics, government, business and nonprofits. Ezekiel graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Political Economy and Public Policy.


James Edmund Greeley, Hopi Flutist, Native American Music Award winner 2017

James Edmund Greeley won the 2017 Native American Music Award for best traditional recording for "Before America" album. "Overall I've been playing Native flutes for 20 years and self taught in 3 days in 1997," he states. "As the journey continues to share my music to the world, I thank my ancestors for all their teachings through folklore over the past 10,000 years."


Claire Hall, Commissioner, Lincoln County

Claire Hall is currently serving her fourth term as a Lincoln County Commissioner. She has been actively involved in the issues of housing, homelessness and poverty throughout her career. She's a member of the Neighborhood Partnerships board of directors, the Oregon Housing Stability Council and chairs the board of Samaritan House, Lincoln County's family homeless shelter. She is a past president of the Oregon Association of Counties.


Lynne McConnell, Affordable Housing Manager, City of Bend

Lynne serves as Affordable Housing Manager for the City of Bend. Previously, she was NeighborImpact’s Deputy Director. She holds a BA from the University of Oregon and a JD from Lewis and Clark. Lynne has accrued a spectrum of experience including working for Outward Bound, lawyering, and being a cowgirl for a ranch in CA, and views compassion as her defining pursuit. She has amassed awards in mentoring, client service, and business accomplishment.


Carmel Perez Snyder, Director of Advocacy & Outreach, AARP Oregon

Carmel Perez Snyder, AARP Oregon Director of Advocacy & Outreach, has worked on Livable Communities for the past 8 years in Oregon and in Texas. She lives in the Willamette Valley and is currently working with several communities on housing issues. She earned AARP’s Maureen McKoy Excellence in Service Award for her work.


Cadence Petros, Development Division Manager, City of Beaverton

Cadence Petros serves as the Development Division Manager at the City of Beaverton. In her position, Cadence leads a team that implements Beaverton’s urban renewal, housing, and downtown revitalization goals and oversees its Community Development Block Grant program. She graduated from Pomona College and holds a J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College.

Kate Porsche, Economic Development Coordinator, Corvallis/Benton County Economic Development Office

Kate Porsche serves as the Corvallis/Benton County Economic Development Officer. Previously she was City of Albany’s Economic Development and Urban Renewal Director and Redmond’s Community Development Director. She is the Vice President of the Oregon Economic Development Association. Her previous work was in communications, real estate, and the private sector. Kate is a native Oregonian and die-hard Beaver. She completed her bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Public Policy at OSU.


Brian Shelton-Kelley, Director of Acquisitions and Development, NeighborWorks Umpqua

Brian Shelton-Kelley is NeighborWorks Umpqua’s Director of Acquisition and Development, and has over 15 years of experience in the fields of community development and real estate development. Brian joined NeighborWorks Umpqua in 2017, and oversees the organization’s real estate development activities, including rental and for sale housing development, affordable housing preservation, mutual self-help housing, commercial /community facility development, and manufactured housing initiatives.


Tobias Sherwood, Equity Consultant/Facilitator, The Center for Equity and Inclusion

Tobias Sherwood is a white, anti-racist facilitator and consultant at the Center for Equity and Inclusion. He partners with people and their organizations to raise the collective, critical consciousness necessary to advance equity and inclusion in meaningful, noticeable ways. Tobias has been a relationship-based teacher and facilitator in Portland since 2005. He has a masters degree in Educational Leadership and has previously worked at Portland Community College and contracted with PPS.

Katie Ullrich, Homeownership Program Director, Proud Ground

On staff with Proud Ground since 2004, Katie has extensive experience administering Proud Ground's regional Community Land Trust Program. Katie provides homebuyer counseling and education services; provides post-purchase support to current homeowners; leads program innovations; and is responsible for industry partner relations required to implement Proud Ground's permanent affordability model of homeownership.


Steve van Eck, Senior Research and Evaluation Analyst, Multnomah Idea Lab

Steve van Eck is a researcher for the Multnomah Idea Lab for the Department of County Human Services at Multnomah County. He was previously the Deputy Director of Yale Union, and holds a Masters degree in urban economics from Portland State University.

Quin Collins, Executive Director, Josephine County Educational Fund

Quin serves as the Executive Director of the Josephine County Educational Fund. In her role, she works to connect the community with opportunities to invest in students and schools in Southern Oregon. Prior to her work with the foundation, Quin spent seven years with College Dreams developing and leading their IDA Program. She holds a BS from Oregon State University and a MiM from Southern Oregon University.


Emily Reiman, Executive Director, NEDCO

In 2010, Emily made a career shift from youth services to community economic development, joining NEDCO as the manager of their homeownership programs (after buying her first home in 2009 with LOTS of help from NEDCO!). Emily became Executive Director of NEDCO in 2015 and now oversees a slate of programs that includes personal asset building for low income families, affordable housing development, neighborhood revitalization, and community development lending.


Rachel Stein, Innovative Products Manager, Innovative Changes

Rachel manages and expands consumer loan and credit building programs using creative, community-led solutions, and serves on the steering committee of the Stop the Debt Trap Oregon Alliance. Since 2005, Rachel has dedicated her career to economic empowerment and advancing equity through community development finance. She earned an MS in Nonprofit Management from the Milano Graduate School at The New School, and a BA from the University of Michigan. Rachel received the 2018 Champion of CBA award.


Kate Allen, Community Development Consultant, Kate Allen Community Development Services

Kate Allen provides community development consulting that strives to eliminate racial disparities, serve people with special needs, and empower the lives of affordable housing residents through asset building. Kate's worked in community development in Portland and across Oregon for more than 25 years, from 2008-13 for the Portland Housing Bureau. Kate serves on the boards of Verde, in the Cully Neighborhood in Portland; and Our Ethiopian Home. Kate lives and works in Portland and Astoria.

Niela Hampton, Personal Finance/Life & Career Coach, The Prosperity Agenda

Niela Maryam Hampton is a Personal Finance/Life and Career Coach and Trainer whose coaching techniques are all done through a race and social equity lens. With more than six years as a Facilitator and almost five years experience as a Coach, Niela is known for bringing a sense of enlightenment to any learning engagement she facilitates and has built up a strong reputation for her inclusive and innovative engagement strategies when coaching and training groups.

Talia Kahn-Kravis, Program Manager, Credit Builders Alliance

At the Credit Builders Alliance, Talia leads efforts to advance and implement program innovations that further CBA’s mission. Prior to joining CBA, Talia conducted research on and provided technical assistance to government social service agencies seeking to improve services for individuals with low incomes. Before that, she managed the financial education and asset building programs at Innovative Changes.Talia has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington.

Chris Watson, Executive Director, Warm Springs Community Action Team (WSCAT)

Chris Watson heads WSCAT’s 10-person staff and works with the WSCAT board, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs tribal leaders, and local partners to promote economic development on the Warm Springs Reservation. Before coming to Warm Springs in 2013, he served as senior analyst at the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) in Washington, DC, evaluating nearly 100 ANA-funded community-based projects, including 40 economic development projects, implemented by Native American tribes.

Ross Kanaga, Financial Innovation Manager, NEDCO

Ross Kanaga is NEDCO’s Financial Innovation Manager where he leads education and builds client-responsive asset building programming. He previously served as a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in Thailand where he learned the surprising secret ingredient to cooking Pad Thai. (Come ask him!) Ross holds a B.A in Economics and Studio Art from St. Olaf College.


Michael Parkhurst, Program Officer, Meyer Memorial Trust

Michael Parkhurst is a Program Officer on the Housing Opportunities team for Meyer Memorial Trust in Portland, Oregon. Michael joined Meyer in 2014 after 15 years in local government focused on community development and housing (and almost a decade on the board of a nonprofit community development corporation in Portland). His background includes policy work, community and economic development, planning, and grantmaking.


Cara Thompson, Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Columbia Bank

Cara has over 30 years of banking experience in Retail and Corporate Banking, Bank Operations and Regulatory Compliance. She oversees the Compliance Management System and programs that ensure compliance with the Fair Banking Laws, and the Community Reinvestment Act. In 2001 she began working with and for community and regional banks in varying states of transition, where she has developed and lead the implementation of several sales, service, operations, and risk management functions.

Laura Locker, Asset Building Services Program Manager, Mercy Corps NW

Laura Locker is the Asset Building Services Program Manager for Mercy Corps NW in Portland, Oregon and manages the organization's IDA program. She has a doctorate in Political Science with a specialization in political economy from the Johns Hopkins University and has been a small business owner for the last five years.

Sarah Adams, Executive Director, CASH Oregon

Sarah Adams is the executive director at CASH Oregon - an asset building organization that focuses on free tax preparation and expanding access to, and participation in the Earned Income Tax Credit. Prior to joining CASH Oregon, Sarah lawyered in both private practice and public service organizations. Born in Portland, and dedicated to the NW, she has become a fair-weather cyclist and loves anything to do with plants.


Rachell Hall, Financial Capabilities Manager, Innovative Changes

Rachell Hall is the Financial Capabilities Manager at Innovative Changes. Currently she oversees all the Financial Education, Financial Coaching, and Individual Development Accounts Program for youth and adults. She is currently studying for her Accredited Financial Counselor Certification. She joined Innovative Changes( IC$) in November 2012. IC$ helps people build their long term financial health.


Anika Fassia, Project Manager, Demos

Anika is the Project Manager of the Race Class Narrative Project at Demos. Anika comes to Demos with a wealth of experience in narrative building and how to talk about race and the public sector. Anika has worked at the local, state and national level as a policy analyst, communication strategist and trainer since 2008. She has worked with advocates, elected officials, students and community organizers to advance the role of the public sector in racial justice.


Jennifer Bragar, Attorney, Tomasi Salyer Martin

Jennifer’s practice is focused on land use, real estate, and municipal law. She represents business, community and government entities in matters unique to land use planning and municipal law. She has appeared before the Land Use Board of Appeals and Oregon Court of Appeals, and is a frequent lecturer and author on Oregon land use law. She has represented affordable housing providers to obtain land use entitlements across Oregon.


Bill Van Vliet, Executive Director, NOAH

Bill serves as Executive Director of NOAH. Bill has 25 years of experience in affordable housing finance with a strong credit and management background. He has worked in both the private and public finance sectors. He joined NOAH as a Loan Officer in 1998 and was appointed Executive Director in 2000. Bill leads the agency, is the primary liaison to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for credit quality and capitalization. He also serves as an expert and leader in housing policy.

Mary Stern, Executive Director, McMinnville Area Habitat for Humanity

Mary Stern has been building homes, community, and hope with MacHabitat since June 2016. Prior to that, Mary was a policy manager for the Association of Oregon Counties, handling community, economic development, and housing issues. Before her stint at AOC. Mary served nearly 12 years as a Yamhill County Commissioner. Mary is a member of the City of McMinnville’s Affordable Housing Task Force, a group dedicated to finding solutions to the housing crisis in her community.


Genevieve Sheridan, Executive Director, MERIT

Genevieve's commitment to equitable community wealth and asset building helped launch MERIT’s Financial Empowerment Academy, MERIT’s new social enterprise Vision Business Services, and CROWD: A Lending Circle by MERIT. Her bilingual and bi-cultural roots stem from an upbringing in rural Northern California and Silicon Valley. She has utilized her education and experience in sustainable agriculture, project management, and commercial risk management to lead MERIT through a new phase of growth.


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

Alison is the Deputy Director for Policy and Communications at Neighborhood Partnerships, where she leads the work of the Oregon Housing Alliance, a legislative advocacy coalition focused on ensuring all Oregonians have a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home. From 2014- 2016, Alison served as the Government Relations Liaison and agency spokeswoman for Oregon Housing and Community Services. She holds a BA in Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.


Devin Stubblefield, Lead Coaching Trainer, The Prosperity Agenda

Devin is Lead Coaching Trainer for The Prosperity Agenda. He conducts career & life, financial and Family-Centered Coaching training for staff and managers of social service agencies across the United States. Devin is known for his engaging facilitation style and his passion for the elimination of poverty and building financial wellness for individuals and families. Devin is also founder of Faith Finance Center, a community-based organization that helps non-profits, churches and ministries.

Mark Wyman, Senior Program Manager, Energy Trust of Oregon

Mark Wyman is a Senior Program Manager with the Energy Trust Of Oregon, responsible for the design and implementation of the organization’s residential energy efficiency programs. Mark has broad public sector and not-for-profit experience within the energy efficiency industry in Oregon as well as New York where he contributed to New York State and New York City’s climate and energy objectives as an employee of the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA).


Clarice Amorim Freitas, Health Equity Coordinator, Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services

Clarice Amorim Freitas coordinates the Linn Benton Health Equity Alliance, one of Oregon's Regional Health Equity Coalitions and program of Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services. She has a Bachelor and Master Degree of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Kansas and a Master in Public Health from Oregon State University, with an emphasis on health promotion and health behavior. Clarice is also a graduate of the Advocate's College from Neighborhood Partnerships (cohort of 2017).

Joni Hartmann, Executive Director, Housing Development Center

Joni has 20 years of experience in real estate lending and extensive knowledge of affordable housing finance. Joni joined Housing Development Center in February 2016 and began her tenure as HDC executive director in January 2017. Previously, as deputy director of Network for Oregon Affordable Housing, Joni oversaw NOAH’s lending functions, managed its affordable housing loan portfolio, and contributed to community-wide efforts to improve regional affordable housing policies and programs.

The Prosperity Agenda

Prosperity Agenda partners with non-profits, government and business to build financial wellness and career readiness for families. Poverty does not inherently limit the potential in anyone, which is why they focus on designing solutions that fuel people's desires to achieve their career and financial goals leading to lasting economic security. They do this by taking a person-centered approach to designing, testing, and scaling solutions that increase the income and assets for individuals and families served in communities across the country.

Brian Stewart, Vice President and Community Relations Office, JP Morgan Chase

Brian Stewart is Vice President and Community Relations Officer for JPMorgan Chase & Co. and responsible for overseeing civic engagement activities in the Northwest Region including Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah. He joined JPMorgan Chase through their acquisition of Washington Mutual Bank and has over 30 years in the banking sector.

Mary Vasquez, Community Advocate, Point West Credit Union

Mary has been with Point West for over 10 years and serves as the Community Advocate. She is excited to continue helping the underserved in delivering financial stability and education. Mary holds an Associate’s Degree and was the sole representative of the NW region to participate in WOCCU’s CU Exchange Program in the Dominican Republic. Mary loves spending time with her family, especially her 13-year-old daughter Lupita, and her passion is to educate and serve her Latino community.

Joel Metlen, Operations Director, Oregon State Treasury

Joel manages operations for the Oregon College Savings Plan, Oregon ABLE Savings Plan, and OregonSaves retirement program. He has 15 years of public service experience. Prior to joining Oregon Treasury, he managed communications for Oregon’s health insurance marketplace, managed foodservice operations for DC Public Schools, and was the Deputy Director of the Revenue Division of the NYC Parks Department. He has a B.F.A. from New York University and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University.


John Goetz, Insurance Agent, Country Financial

John's experience with Habitat for Humanity and NEDCO allowed him to get unstuck and grow his life to heights he did not think possible. His family consists of 5 children with 3 living at home. Because of the joint efforts of these two organizations, John lives out his passion of having a positive impact as a family advocate and an insurance agent with Country Financial. He has also had the honor of giving his testimony in front of the Oregon State Legislature.


Mike Koprowski, National Campaign Director, Opportunity Starts at Home

Prior to Opportunity Starts at Home, Mike worked as the executive director of Opportunity Dallas, a nonprofit focused on building multi-sector coalitions to influence local housing policy. Previously, he was the Chief of Transformation and Innovation for the Dallas public school system. Before a career in education and housing, he served in the Air Force, where he was the chief of intelligence for an F-15 fighter squadron. He holds degrees from Notre Dame, Duke, and Harvard.


Laura Robeson, Acting Co- Director of Asset Building-HOC Manager, NeighborWorks Umpqua

Laura Robeson joined NeighborWorks Umpqua in September 2009 as a Foreclosure Intervention Counselor. In January 2018, Laura was named Co-Director of Asset Building, where she is currently in charge of the HomeOwnership Center staff and programs. Laura’s credentials include a mortgage originator license, Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Counseling Certification and NeighborWorks Center for Homeownership Education and Counseling (NCHEC) Certification.


Stephanie Simmons, Housing and Economic Stability Specialist, Multnomah County Department of County Human Services

Implementation and Oversight for Multnomah County's Anti-Poverty Program - The Multnomah Stability Initiative.

Bob Bruce, State Coordinator, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

Bob Bruce, 75, lives in Salem. He serves as the State Coordinator for the AARP Foundation’s Oregon Tax-Aide program. He has been a Tax-Aide volunteer and counselor for 14 years, and was the program’s District Coordinator in the Salem area before becoming State Coordinator. He also serves on the Executive Council of AARP Oregon and as a board member with CASH Oregon.

Tim Collier, Director of Communications, Home Forward

Tim Collier has been doing communications, public relations and fundraising for over 20 years. After spending ten years in Oregon's affordable housing non-profit industry, he is now the director of communications at Home Forward, the public housing authority serving Multnomah County, Oregon.


Oriana Magnera, Outreach and Policy Associate, NW Energy Coalition

Oriana Magnera is an outreach and policy associate at the NW Energy Coalition. She is focused on building strong relationships with environmental justice communities and low-income and housing advocates. Oriana most recently worked in education policy, focusing on career-technical education, workforce development, and dropout prevention, and she has years of nonprofit experience. She holds a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies and Comparative Ethnic Studies from Columbia University.

Carlos Garcia, Director of Economic Opportunity, Hacienda CDC

Carlos has over a decade of experience advocating for struggling homeowners and creating homeownership and other asset building opportunities for working families. In his role as Director of Economic Opportunity, 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 Oregon.

Arielle Reid, Director of Policy & Advocacy, NeighborWorks Umpqua

Arielle Reid is the Director of Policy & Advocacy at NeighborWorks Umpqua. Her two years with the organization have served as an immersive introduction to the Pacific Northwest and to rural spaces in Oregon. In her role at NeighborWorks Umpqua, she shepherds the organization’s strategic plan goals around deeper political and community engagement, while coordinating the Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion efforts for the staff, leadership and the Board.

Jessica Thelen, Save to Win Product Manager, CU Solutions Group

For the past seven years, Jessica has been advising credit unions on how to best develop, implement and launch their Save to Win programs. She oversees all aspects of the national program, including on-boarding and training, data monitoring, the drawing process and also provides technology, marketing and administrative support for all participating credit unions. She has a bachelor’s degree in finance and management experience in the credit union industry.


Karen Gaffney, Director, Lane County Health & Human Services

Karen Gaffney is Director of Lane County Health & Human Services where she leads programs including behavioral health, primary care, public health, developmental disabilities, juvenile justice, housing and anti-poverty programs, and other human services. In her more than two decades in the field she has focused on forging community partnerships to maximize strategic impact. She serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of Trillium CCO, and has a MPA from the University of Oregon.

Jacob Fox, Executive Director, Homes for Good

Jacob Fox joined Homes for Good in 2013 and became Executive Director in 2015. He is passionate about transforming organizations in order to better serve communities. Jacob began his career in the mid-1990s and is a national leader and advocate for affordable housing. Jacob has worked for three different housing authorities in numerous capacities including resident services, property management, asset management, development and executive management.


Kate Schwarzler, Owner, Indy Commons

Kate Schwarzler is an entrepreneur and consultant who is working to bring together business people and leaders in her town of Independence, Oregon. Kate owns a business herself, and is also the owner of Indy Commons, a shared workspace for business owners and entrepreneurs. Kate also serves on the Board of Directors of MERIT and as President of the Independence Downtown Association.


Diana Dollar, Executive Director, The Prosperity Agenda

Driven by a deep, life-long commitment to fairness and justice, Diana came into her role as the founding Executive Director of The Prosperity Agenda dedicated to transforming big, complex systems in order to drive meaningful, sustainable change. Before building The Prosperity Agenda, Diana launched the first summer hunger campaign for two counties in the Bay Area and engaged business, government, and community members to agree upon sound development practices in Snohomish County.


Rachel Brooks, Director, Innovation Marketplace, The Prosperity Agenda

Rachel has over 20 years of experience working in non-profit, technology, and social enterprise—both in the US and internationally. Rachel started her career at Adobe Systems and Microsoft, was CEO/Co-founder of Kenya-based mobile platform Echo Mobile, and also held roles at The Treatment Action Campaign, Kiva, and agricultural financial provider Juhudi Kilimo.

Lee Po Cha, Executive Director, IRCO

Lee Po Cha, MBA, became IRCO's Executive Director in April 2015. He has served IRCO since 1981 in a multitude of leadership roles, most recently as Associate Director and Director of IRCO Asian Family Center, which he helped found in 1994. A tireless advocate, Lee provides a voice for Oregon's increasingly diverse communities through his service on numerous commissions and boards.


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

Kenny LaPoint, Housing Integrator for Oregon Housing and Community Services 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.

Martha Lyon, Executive Director, Community Services Consortium

Martha Lyon has been the Executive Director of the Community Services Consortium (CSC) since 2008. The CSC is an intergovernmental agency that serves those who need public assistance in Benton, Linn and Lincoln counties with everything from coping with life emergencies to paying heating bills and finding their way back from homelessness. Lyon has a law degree from University of Oklahoma and has a background in government housing assistance.


CoCo Connor, Recreation Staff, City of Eugene

CoCo, 18, lives in her first apartment provided by NEDCO. She grew up in the Portland area, and in high school won awards in Poetry, was in the Future Business Leaders of America, and was a leader in the African American Studies club. She is living her dream by working with kids at Cascade Middle School through the City of Eugene, and enjoys helping young people build their confidence by highlighting their strengths and accomplishments. Her career goal is to become a lawyer.

Frank Boothby, IDA Program Manager, College Dreams

Frank is the IDA Program Manager at College Dreams in Grant’s Pass, OR. He works primarily with youth who are recently graduated from high school and headed off to a career or college attendance. He worked at several universities in Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs prior to his time in the IDA Program. He is passionate about advising his students on the perils of over borrowing.


Jerry Cohen, AARP Oregon State Director (outgoing), AARP

Jerry Cohen has been AARP’s State Director in Oregon for the last 22+ years, working with local, state and national staff, volunteers, members and businesses and community organizations.He previously managed legislative and regulatory advocacy for AARP in a five state region. Jerry has been a member of numerous State Legislative and Executive branch established Task Forces and Advisory Committees.

Matina Kauffman, Vice President of Homeownership and Neighborhood Programs, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East

Matina Kauffman has worked with Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East since 2006. She oversees the affiliate’s homeownership programs and neighborhood revitalization efforts and is a member of the leadership team. Matina earned her M.S. in Community Development from the University of California Davis and her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oregon. Prior to coming to Habitat she worked in the nonprofit field on a range of issues affecting low-income families.


Joel Madsen, Executive Director, Mid-Columbia Housing Authority and Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation

Joel Madsen’s career has been dedicated to public service and the affordable housing industry. Mr. Madsen serves as the Executive Director of the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority (MCHA) and Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation (CCHC). Since January of 2014, he has led MCHA and CCHC in promoting and administering affordable housing solutions throughout the Mid-Columbia region which includes Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties in Oregon as well as Klickitat and Skamania Counties in Washington.

Karen Rockwell, Executive Director, Benton Habitat for Humanity

Karen Rockwell is the Executive Director of Benton Habitat for Humanity. Karen brings over 20 years of experience working with non-profits and community organizations, including serving as the Executive Officer of a regional Home Builders Association, working with local municipalities and licensed contractors on livability and housing issues. She is motivated and committed to advancing the mission of bringing people together to make decent homes achievable for everyone in our community.


Sean Suib, Executive Director, New Avenues for Youth

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been with New Avenues since the agency’s inception in 1997, Sean has devoted his career to working on behalf of homeless and at-risk youth in Portland. As both a clinician and an administrator, he has had a hand in development and implementation of all major New Avenues programs and initiatives.


Cindy Xiong, Housing Program Supervisor, Impact NW

Cindy Xiong graduated from Oregon State University with a degree focused in Social Services and minor in Ethnic Studies. She has been with Impact NW, a private non profit social service agency located in Portland Oregon for the last 5 years. Cindy joined Impact NW as a case manager working with vulnerable families who were involved with DHS Child welfare, but has since moved on to supervising the various housing programs within Impact NW.


Neighborhood Partnerships is a statewide nonprofit organization with a 28-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.