Board of Directors

Joel Madsen, Board Chair

Executive Director, Mid-Columbia Housing Authority & Columbia Cascade Housing Corp.

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.  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.  In his spare time Joel loves to get outside with his wife and two daughters, often enjoying the sports and natural beauty the Columbia River Gorge area offers.

Albert Passadore Jr., Treasurer

Relationship Manager, The Commerce Bank of Oregon

Albert Passadore is a Commercial Banker with The Commerce Bank of Oregon, who specializes in working with closely held, multi-generational businesses in the manufacturing, transportation, and distribution sectors of our community. He has been in the financial services industry for over 20-years. Albert received his undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University and went on to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a Finance focus from Portland State University. Albert has served in various capacities for local nonprofits that primarily focus on housing and economic stability.

Maralea Lutino, MPA, Secretary

NMTC Asset and Compliance Manager, Ecotrust

Maralea Lutino is Ecotrust’s New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) Compliance Manager where she is responsible for a loan portfolio of $136M . Over the course of her 10+ years in affordable housing, Ms. Lutino has provided asset management for portfolios worth a cumulative total of over $100M and has been involved in the closings of approximately $25M in Low Income Housing Tax Credits. Ms. Lutino holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master in Public Administration from Portland State University. Ms. Lutino first became involved with Neighborhood Partnerships when she was a participant of Future Leadership Initiative. For the past twenty years, she has worked to create positive change in low-income and underserved communities. In her spare time, she loves to bake, garden, and spend time with her husband and two boys.

Quin Collins

Executive Director, Josephine County Educational Fund

Quin is the Executive Director of the Josephine County Educational. Quin has nearly a decade of experience in nonprofit administration and is passionate about developing opportunities for the community to invest in students. She received a Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University and a Master’s in Management from Southern Oregon University. Quin has nearly a decade of experience in nonprofit administration and is passionate about developing opportunities for the community to invest in students. In addition to her leadership role at JCEF, Quin serves on the Board of Directors of the Grants Pass Kiwanis Club, Grants Pass Rotary Club, and Three Rivers Community Orchestra and is a member of the Grants Pass School District #7 Budget Committee. 

Jaclyn Eaton

Program Design Manager, Home Forward

Jaclyn Eaton is driven by relentless optimism and a passion for public serviceShe is currently the Program Design Manager at Home Forward, where she is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative solutions designed to improve outcomes for program participants and staff. Her 14 years of Home Forward service includes leadership roles in rent assistance administration, homeless systems partnership, and grant management. Jaclyn’s career has also included data management and advocate positions at several community non-profits. Jaclyn loves to be outdoors, preferably in the water or around a campfire.  

Xochitl Esparza

Oregon Department of Human Services--SSP


Robert Le

Robert Le Attorney, PC

Robert is originally from Los Angeles, California. The son of immigrant parents, Robert understands the challenges of community members who face barriers and is committed to serving their legal needs in an assertive, and accessible manner. Robert understands when it's one person versus an organization, resources are limited, but their story needs to be told. 

Lynne McConnell

Affordable Housing Manager, City of Bend

Lynne currently serves as Affordable Housing Manager for the City of Bend. Previously, she was NeighborImpact’s Deputy Director of Community Services, overseeing 5 major programs that serve 50,000 individuals annually. She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Oregon and a JD from Lewis and Clark.  Lynne has accrued a wide spectrum of experience including working for Outward Bound as a wilderness guide, to lawyering with a pro bono emphasis in Portland, to operations manager (i.e. cowgirl) for a remote ranch in Northern California, and believes in jumping in to each opportunity wholeheartedly. She has an extensive volunteer history, formerly serving on the Residential Advisory Committee to the Bend urban growth boundary expansion and on the Central Oregon City Club programs committee, among others. She can often be found digging in her garden, cooking for a crowd, or exploring the wilds near her home in Bend, Oregon, with her family in tow. 

Amy Nelson

CEO, Point West Credit Union

Amy Nelson is the CEO Point West Credit Union, a CDFI based in the Portland-Metro area with a focus on bringing access and affordable capital to microenterprise businesses, immigrants, minority groups and unbanked consumers. She also engages in credit union regulatory and political advocacy work via the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) and the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS). Amy received her B.A. in Journalism and Communication from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.  She started her career in credit unions as an executive assistant, later specializing in human resources.  She holds an HR Management Certificate from Linfield College, and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).   

In her spare time, Amy is Choreographer for youth community theatre productions, raving hockey fan, and Co-Foodie with husband Garrett. 

Janet Soto Rodriguez

Deputy Director, Foundations for a Better Oregon

Janet Soto Rodriguez is the Deputy Director of Foundations for a Better Oregon, where she works to bring community, policymakers, and philanthropy together to realize a shared long-term vision for Oregon’s children. She was previously a chief architect of the Rural Opportunity Initiative (ROI) for Business Oregon, which employs community-driven strategies to ensure rural communities benefit from state economic development initiatives. Prior to Business Oregon, Janet served as a Business Equity Policy Advisor to Governor Kate Brown. As a Latina immigrant to the United States, a former field laborer and service industry employee, and a first generation college graduate, Janet has firsthand experience with displacement, anti-immigrant policies, and poverty. She is a champion for racial economic justice because she has lived this work, professionally and personally.