2019 Speakers

Adam Zimmerman, President & CEO, Craft3

Adam Zimmerman joined Craft3 in 2002 and assumed the role of President and CEO in 2016. He has been a member of Craft3’s executive management team since 2011, and before accepting the President role, served as Executive Vice President guiding organizational growth, consumer lending, external affairs and brand management. Adam earned his Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon in 2002. He is an Eastern Oregon native and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Aldo Medina Martinez, Business Advising Program Manager, Hacienda Community Development Corporation

Aldo joined Hacienda CDC in 2018 as the Portland Mercado’s Business Advising Program Manager, where he oversees business technical assistance programs for over 60 entrepreneurs per year. In 2019, he gained accepted into NALCAB’s Pete Garcia Community Economic Development Fellowship. Aldo earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in Latin American and Latino Studies. He grew up in El Monte, California and is a proud immigrant from Cuautla, Morelos, Mexico.

Aldo Solano, Census Project Director, Office of Oregon Governor Kate Brown

Aldo Solano currently serves as Governor Kate Brown’s Census Project Manager. Through this role, Aldo is working with Federal, State and local partners from various sectors to ensure that Oregon has a complete and accurate census count in 2020. Aldo is a DACA recipient from Colima, Mexico with a background in community organizing, policy advocacy and statewide coalition building on various issues including immigrant’s rights, public health and early childhood education. Prior to joining the Office of Governor Brown, Aldo worked as the Community Engagement Advisor for the Children’s Institute and before that as the Advocacy Director for the Oregon Latino Health Coalition.

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.

Amy Nelson, CEO, Point West Credit Union

Amy Nelson is CEO of $94 million Point West Credit Union, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) based in the Portland-Metro area with a focus on bringing affordable capital to microenterprise businesses, immigrants, marginalized community members and unbanked consumers. Point West specializes in offering savings and credit builder products, and works closely with community partners as a resource for their financial empowerment programs.

Anat Shenker-Osorio, Founder and Principal, ASO Communications

Founder and Principal of ASO Communications, Anat Shenker-Osorio examines why certain messages falter where others deliver. She's led research for new messaging on issues ranging from freedom to join together in union to clean energy and from immigrant rights to reforming criminal justice. Anat's original approach through priming experiments, task-based testing and online dial surveys has led to progressive electoral and policy victories across the globe.

Anat delivers her findings packed in snark at venues such as the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Centre for Australian Progress, Irish Migrant Centre, Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation and LUSH International.

Her writing and research is profiled in The Atlantic, Boston Globe, Salon, The Guardian and Grist among others.

Ben Duncan, Chief Officer of Diversity and Equity, Multnomah County

Ben Duncan is the Chief Diversity and Equity Officer for Multnomah County. He has been with the county since 2004 when he began his career in Environmental Health as a community health worker. He has since worked as a health educator, policy analyst and manager of the Health Equity Initiative. In each of these roles, his work has always focused on the relationships between our social, economic, and environmental conditions and racial and ethnic disparities.

Ben Duncan is the founding board member of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and serves as Chair of the Oregon Governor’s Environmental Justice Taskforce, and recently became Chair of Oregon Public Health Institute's Board.

Candace Jamison, Executive Director, Marion County Housing Authority

Candace Jamison is the Executive Director of the Marion County Housing Authority serving families, seniors, and veterans living in rural Marion County Oregon. Previously Jamison spent a decade working for Home Forward (formerly the Housing Authority of Portland) where she worked to support vulnerable communities impacted by rising housing costs and displacement. Jamison also serves on the Board of Directors for Northwest Pilot Project, a nonprofit assisting low income seniors.

Carlos David García, Director of Economic Opportunity

Carlos joined Neighborhood Partnerships as Director of Economic Opportunity in October 2018. In his role, Carlos leads NP’s work to support assets 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.

Cat Martin, Corporate Responsibility, JP Morgan Chase

Cat serves as Vice President and Program Officer with the Corporate Responsibility team at JPMorgan Chase & Co. In this capacity, Cat oversees the firm’s global philanthropy strategy and activities for the Pacific Northwest and Utah State region. In an effort to reduce economic inequity and create more widely shared prosperity, JPMorgan Chase is taking a comprehensive approach to leverage the firm’s global scale, talent and resources to invest in four areas that drive more inclusive growth.

Cole Merkel, Deputy Director, Outreach & Engagement, HereTogether

Cole has devoted his career to addressing the root causes of homelessness & helping Oregonians advocate to create better lives for themselves and their neighbors. He spent nearly eight years strategically expanding the Street Roots vendor program and was Statewide Organizer at ACLU of Oregon during the 2019 legislative session. As Deputy Director, Outreach & Engagement at HereTogether he is focused on creating regional funding solutions to homelessness that match the scale and scope of the need.

Diana Hall, Senior System and Policy Analyst, Multnomah County

Diana is Senior System and Policy Analyst for the Youth & Family Services Division of Multnomah County. Her work includes policy and system development, backbone support, applied research, and program design.  Twenty of her 27 years in the public and nonprofit sectors have been in supporting the development of cross-sector collaborations that drive educational success and family stability, including the multi-jurisdictional SUN Service System. She has a M.Ed. from Portland State University.

Drew Astolfi, Organizer, Community Change

Drew Astolfi is a long-time community organizer who has worked both nationally and in several states. Past stints include the Organization of the NorthEast, in Chicago, the ADP in Western Mass, and the Housing First! Coalition in New York City. He was among the founders of the National Alliance of HUD Tenants. He recently returned to the Community Change after 11 years as the director of Faith Action for Community Equity in Hawai'i.

Elena Fracchia, Wealth Advisor, Columbia Bank

As a Wealth Advisor at Columbia Bank, Elena Fracchia does more than just wrangle financial statements. She partners with business owners, executive directors, and individuals to build confidence in their own financial decision-making abilities. Elena knows that success is rooted in thoughtful actions that in turn grow to positively impact our businesses and families. In addition to her role at the Bank, Elena is on faculty at University of Oregon where she teaches Fundraising for Nonprofits.

Emily Reiman, Oregon Consumer Justice

Emily joined the world of economic development in 2010 when she started working at NEDCO, managing their homeownership program during the height of the foreclosure crisis...which also introduced her to the field of consumer financial protection. In 2014, Emily stepped up as CEO of what would become DevNW, overseeing a slate of programs that includes affordable housing, asset building, and community development. In 2017, Emily was named to the founding board of Oregon Consumer Justice.

Gary Cobb, Community Outreach Coordinator, Central City Concern

Gary Cobb has been working for Central City Concern (CCC) going on 18 years. His roles have ranged from janitorial to direct services outreach to Public Policy, Gary has approached all these roles with a lens of community engagement and rooted with the power of story to influence change. Prior to coming to CCC as client in 2000, Gary battled homelessness and addictions the majority of his life.
"Someone stood up for me when I was falling down, now I get to stand up for others!"

Jataune Hall, Business Development Specialist and IDA Manager, MESO

Jataune Hall is a Business Development Specialist and IDA Lead for Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO). Served in the retail industry for 19 years at a high-end retail store, she learned selling, merchandising, marketing, and management skills. With a Bachelors of Science Degree in Communications from Portland State University, Jataune is well-known for her ability to motivate and inspire others. In her spare time, she runs her own small business JHall Styles producing handmade gifts.

Jeff Kleen

Jeff Kleen (he/him/his) has been an advocate for federal nutrition programs, housing and homelessness programs, and tax policy—along with systemic injustices that impact poverty, hunger, homelessness, and social isolation. He sat on the national food bank network Pubic Engagement and Advocacy Committee for six years and various state committees. He graduated from U.C.L.A. with a degree in English. While he grew up in California, his family has resided in Oregon for more than 100 years.

Jenny Lee, Advocacy Director, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)

At APANO, Jenny coordinates policy, civic engagement, and youth advocacy on issues impacting Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Previously, she served as Advocacy Director at the Coalition of Communities of Color, including co-directing communications for the Portland Clean Energy Initiative. She has also worked as Housing Policy Director at Neighborhood Partnerships and as Public Policy Director for Hawai‘i Appleseed. Jenny holds a BA from the University of Oregon and a JD from Harvard.

Jes Larson, Housing Policy Program Manager, Metro

Jes got her start in affordable housing as a case manager working with seniors and people with disabilities. For a decade she helped individuals navigate healthcare, social welfare and housing systems, where she learned that there aren't enough affordable homes for those who most need one. Jes went on to help found the Welcome Home Coalition and build a regional movement to support voter initiatives for affordable homes. Today, she is working to implement housing solutions at Metro.

Jessica Santos, Heller School, Institute on Assets & Social Policy

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 the Director of Community-Engaged Research at the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) at Brandeis University and a Lecturer at the Heller School. Her current work is focused on learning from the intersections of research and practice to reduce inequality and bring innovative policy

Joel Iboa, Coalition Manager, Causa

Joel is the Coalition Manager for Causa Oregon. He manages One Oregon, a statewide coalition of over 100+ organizations that defend against anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim policies and ballot measures and works to ensure that all Oregonians, regardless of country of birth, are treated with dignity and respect.

Joel Madsen, Mid-Columbia Housing Authority

Joel 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.  In addition to his leadership role at MCHA and CCHC Mr. Madsen serves as a Director on the Housing Authority Risk Retention Pool Board, Chair of Neighborhood Partnerships and President of the Housing Authorities of Oregon.

Julie Wang, Program Consultant

Julie is an AFCPE Accredited Financial Counselor who has worked in cross-sector leadership development and financial wellness for over 15 years. She has designed and implemented financial wellness programs that seek to integrate context, acknowledging the social, political, and economic realities that impact an individual's ability to achieve financial stability. She is a program consultant with Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro East and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Kaarin Knudson, Architect, Project Lead, Better Housing Together

Kaarin Knudson, A.I.A., is an architect and urban designer who founded her practice and the community-based housing coalition, Better Housing Together, in 2017. Better Housing Together is the only multi-sector, community-led initiative working to address the housing crisis in Lane County. Over the past two decades, Kaarin's work has focused on housing policy, effective civic engagement, and sustainable design at all scales. She also teaches advanced design studio at the University of Oregon.

Karen Wheeler, Business Development Director, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI)

Karen Wheeler is the Business Development Director for Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI) and the Tribal Liaison for the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO). At GOBHI, Ms. Wheeler focuses on improving the value of services for Oregon Health Plan members through strategic partnerships and business opportunities. She has over 34 years of experience working in Oregon’s behavioral health system, including direct service, management and leadership roles, in both private and public sectors. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management.

Katrina Holland, Executive Director, Community Alliance for Tenants

Katrina joined Community Alliance for Tenants (CAT) in December of 2014. Katrina brings a solid background as a community leader and economic development and affordable housing advocate in the Pacific Northwest and knowledge in building a strong infrastructure to support organizational success and sustainability. With a passion for tenant power and a vision for an equitable housing market, Katrina hopes to support CAT’s members, partners, and staff to build a strong housing justice movement in Oregon.

Kenny Asher, Community Development Director, City of Tigard

Kenny Asher holds a M.A. from the University of Oregon School of Architecture and a B.S. from the University of Florida School of Journalism. Prior to joining the City of Tigard, he directed the Community Development and Public Works departments for the City of Milwaukie, Oregon and served as General Manager for the Portland Family of Funds Holdings, an Oregon community investment bank, which he helped found at the Portland Development Commission.

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.

Laura Golino de Lovato, Executive Director, Northwest Pilot Project

Laura Golino de Lovato is the Executive Director of Northwest Pilot Project (NWPP), a nonprofit organization providing housing assistance, transportation, and advocacy to very low-income seniors in Multnomah County. Laura has over 30 years of fundraising and nonprofit management experience, and holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, Boston. She recently began her second term as a Commissioner on the City of Portland’s Rental Services Commission.

Lebaron Sims, Senior Research Manager, Prosperity Now

Lebaron Sims is Senior Research Manager at Prosperity Now. As a member of the Applied Research team, Mr. Sims is one of the leads on the Prosperity Now Scorecard, providing data analysis, visualization and writing support for the initiative. He also provides analysis for Prosperity Now policy and programs teams, and for the Assets and Opportunity Network. Previously, Mr. Sims was a Research Associate at LISC MetroEdge in Chicago, IL, where he provided technical support, analysis and data visualization for local economic development initiatives in cities across the country. Mr. Sims holds an M.A. in Urban Affairs from Loyola University Chicago, and a B.A. in Economics from California State University, Fresno.

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.

Lori Kelley, Social Determinants of Health Manager, Oregon Health Authority

Lori Kelley has been working in the healthcare arena for over 20 years, with a focus on services that address vulnerable populations. She has a specific interest on the intersection between housing and health, having worked in several non profits serving homeless populations and has recently taken a new role in the OHA that concentrates on housing, health and other key social supports.

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 J.D. from Lewis and Clark. Lynne has experience working for Outward Bound, lawyering, and managing (i.e. cowgirling) a ranch in CA, and views compassion as her defining pursuit. She can often be found digging in her garden, cooking for a crowd, or exploring the wilds near her home with her family in tow.

Margaret Salazar, Director, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Margaret Salazar is Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services, which is Oregon’s Housing Finance Agency. OHCS provides financial and program support to create and preserve opportunities for quality, affordable housing for Oregonians of low and moderate incomes, and leads statewide programs to prevent and end homelessness and to build housing stability.

Prior to joining OHCS, Margaret served in various leadership roles over a 10 year career at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. She served as Chief of Multifamily Production in the San Francisco HUD office, financing the development and preservation of thousands of affordable homes. Margaret later served as Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary in HUD Headquarters, where she led the Department’s Rental Assistance Demonstration and other national initiatives to revitalize and preserve affordable rental housing. Later, as HUD Oregon Field Office Director, Margaret led partners to develop a toolkit for local communities to prevent and address the closures of manufactured home parks and supported communities working to end veteran homelessness.

Margaret began her career as a foundation program officer and housing advocate working with community-based organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she led a successful grassroots campaign for just cause eviction in Oakland, California in 2002.

A native Oregonian, Margaret holds a Bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

Marley Pierce, Program Manager & Trainer/Organizer, Western States Center

Marley Pierce is a Program Manager and Trainer/Organizer with Western States Center. Her portfolio of work includes supporting the Center’s ongoing development of innovative tools to counter antisemitism as well as taking on the next chapter of We Are BRAVE—work that brings intersectional campaign tools to reproductive and gender justice leaders across the region. Prior to joining the Western States Center team, Marley was a teacher in elementary, secondary, and outdoor schools.

Mary Li, Multnomah Idea Lab

Mary Li is the Director of the MIL (Multnomah Idea Lab) at the Department of County Human Services. Mary has worked for the County since 1990, and describes herself as a proud bureaucrat! She believes that it's an absolute responsibility for government to address the role that policies, practices, and investments have played in creating the inequities experienced by our communities today. By intentionally centering race in our work, we can take action that makes a difference in the journey towards justice.

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

Megan Bolton joined Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) as a Research Analyst in June 2015 and now 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. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from George Washington University.

Mindy Woods, Statewide Steering Committee Member, Resident Action Project

Mindy Woods is a single mother, a US Navy Gulf War Veteran and tireless advocate.

She went through the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance's Emerging Advocates program in 2013, was a founding member of the Resident Action Project (RAP) in 2015, joined the Housing Alliance's Public Policy Committee in 2018 and now serves on their Board of Directors.

She is also a Commisioner with a County advisory board on issues of poverty and homelessness, as well as the Edmonds Diversity Commission.

Michelle Stanfield, Branch Manager, Consolidated Community Credit Union

I started my career with Credit Unions 35 years ago and have always had a focus on serving members from my first position as a teller to managing branches and call centers. As a Branch Manager for Consolidated CCU since 2017, I am involved in assisting our teams that help members as well as helping members that visit the branches. A San Francisco native, I found my new home in Portland in 2010. I enjoy free time traveling with my husband, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

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

Moira joined Oregon Food Bank as the Director of Advocacy, Volunteers and Organizing in September 2019. For the previous decade she served as Deputy Director for Forward Together, a national organization working to change policy and culture so that all families can thrive. During this time, Moira supervised the development of a year round civic engagement program that engaged thousands low-income families and families of color in building political power.

Paul Lumley, Executive Director, Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)

Paul Lumley is the Executive Director for the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) and is a citizen of the Yakama Nation. He came to NAYA in 2016 after being the Executive Director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) since 2009. Mr. Lumley served as Executive Director of the National American Indian Housing Council in Washington DC from 2007 to 2009. While also in DC, Paul Lumley served as the Senior Tribal Liaison for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Roberto Jiménez, CEO, Mutual Housing California

From his work with farmworkers in rural Oregon to his experience with real estate management in busy Southern California, Mr. Jiménez brings a deep understanding of community-building opportunities for diverse populations of people who live in affordable multifamily housing. As CEO of both Mutual Housing California and Mutual Housing Management, Mr. Jiménez has sharpened Mutual Housing’s focus on race, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Santiago Vazquez, Microenterprise Coach, Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)

I graduated from Wesleyan University, BA, and Lewis & Clark Law School, JD. I have worked as an admin in a business skills presentation firm, as a grade school teacher, as the Director of a cost-free tax preparation site, and currently as the Microenterprise (Small Business) Coach at the Native American Youth & Family Center - NAYA, and even as an apprentice for a Chimney Reconstruction Entrepreneur!

Sarah Absher, Director, Tillamook County Department of Community Development

sneha gantla, Heller School, Institute on Assets & Social Policy

sneha is a researcher and Ph.D. student at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Her background spans sociology, public policy, and social science research design/management. Most recently, sneha's work has focused on immigrant integration and Empowerment Economics.

Steve van Eck, Researcher, Multnomah Idea Lab

Steve van Eck was a co-founder of the Multnomah Idea Lab, a center for innovation located inside the Department for County Human Services. He is the former Deputy Director of the contemporary art center, Yale Union, and a researcher at the Meyer Memorial Trust and Oregon Community Foundation. He holds a Bachelor’s in Community Development and a Master’s degree in Urban Economics from Portland State University.

Taylor Smiley Wolfe, Director of Policy and Planning, Home Forward

Taylor Smiley Wolfe is the Director of Policy and Planning for Home Forward, the largest provider of affordable housing in the state. Prior to joining Home Forward, Taylor was the Policy Director for Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek and played a major role in developing and helping to pass the first statewide anti rent gouging and tenant protections legislation (SB608) and the first statewide legalization of middle housing (HB2001). Taylor has a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P) from UC Berkeley.

Representative Teresa Alonso León, Oregon House of Representatives

Teresa Alonso León is the State Representative for Oregon House District 22. She was elected to the Oregon Legislature in 2016 and is serving her second term. The daughter of migrant farmworkers and an immigrant, she grew up in House District 22. She became the first in her family to attend college, and holds a BA from Western Oregon University and a MPA from Portland State University. Education was her path to success, and she wants to increase opportunity and access for all Oregon students.

Toc Soneoulay-Gillespie, Social Services Manager, Care Oregon

Toc Soneoulay-Gillespie currently serves as the Social Services Manager in Population Health at CareOregon. In this capacity, she oversees the housing case management program, food program, and works to identify opportunities to improve collaboration with community stakeholders regarding social determinants of health strategy, language access, and improved health outcomes for vulnerable communities. Prior to joining CareOregon, Ms. Soneoulay-Gillespie served as Director of Refugee Resettlement.

Todd Struble, Community Development Director, APANO Communities United Fund

Todd managed the Jade District program from 2014 to 2019, assisting the Jade District Steering Committee in setting an agenda and coordinating projects of the Jade District. The Jade District Steering Committee’s goal is to foster collective decision-making and self-determination by organizing collective strengths, empowering those most affected, and advocating for community control and promote healthy, stable communities through equitable development with anti-displacement in mind.


Neighborhood Partnerships is a statewide nonprofit organization with a 30-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.