Janet Byrd, Executive Director
Janet’s roots as a neighborhood organizer in Chicago working on housing issues as varied as insurance redlining, neighborhood disinvestment and tenant rights stoked a passion for housing policy and community development that has remained constant over the intervening years. Over her career, Janet has spearheaded a number of collaborative efforts which promise lasting benefit to our communities.
As Executive Director of Neighborhood Partnerships, Janet has been central to the success of the statewide advocacy coalition, the Housing Alliance. During her tenure NP also helped to launch the innovative multi-county collaborative to serve high-need homeless families, Bridges to Housing, and quadrupled the impact of the Oregon IDA Initiative, a unique statewide partnership that builds the assets of Oregonians with low incomes. Since 2009, Ms. Byrd has helped to lead the Strategic Communications effort at Neighborhood Partnerships, which works to train and empower advocates to build broad and passionate bases of support for crucial policy efforts. Ms. Byrd holds a BA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.
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Luke Bonham, IDA Program Coordinator
Luke Bonham joined Neighborhood Partnerships after working seven years at ROSE Community Development in outer SE Portland. As Resident Assets Manager, Luke oversaw the growth of ROSE's community programs in a variety of areas, building youth and family programs, increasing access to resources and opportunities, managing partnerships, and facilitating adult leadership development. Luke is bilingual, having learned Spanish while living in Paraguay for several years as a child. Luke came to Portland to study Community Development at Portland State University, and in 2010-2011 was an AmeriCorps VISTA with Hacienda CDC's Homeownership Program. Luke and his wife Kat have two young children and are also certified foster parents. In his free time he enjoys biking, gardening, getting outdoors, and is an avid Timbers fan. Luke looks forward to working alongside and learning from so many great people and partners across the state through the Oregon IDA Initiative!
503-226-3001 ext. 105
Monica Flechtner, Office Coordinator + Bookkeeper
Monica joined Neighborhood Partnerships in June 2019 as the Office Coordinator + Bookkeeper. Previously, she spent over a decade working her way up in the grocery industry until she landed in bookkeeping and discovered a love for spreadsheets. This led her both back to school where she’s currently working on a BS in Accounting, and here to NP.
Monica is originally from San Jose, California but has called the Portland area home since 1994. In her free time, Monica enjoys creating and enjoying delicious food with her family, reading, running, watching basketball, and trying to learn new languages.
503-226-3001 ext. 102
Carlos García, Director of Economic Opportunity
Carlos joined NP as Director of Economic Opportunity in October 2018. In his role, Carlos will be leading our work to build assets and financial vitality in communities across Oregon. He’ll be supporting the success of the Oregon Individual Development Account Initiative, as well as working to advance policy changes and secure resources – including a doubling of the funding for the IDA Initiative.
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 and hopes to continue advocating for programs and policies that help promote family economic success throughout Oregon. Carlos holds a degree in International Business from Oregon State University where he worked throughout his undergraduate career on issues of access and retention for Chicano/Latino students. On his own time, Carlos enjoys traveling, playing basketball, biking, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. He is originally from Hermiston, Oregon.
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Reyna Gillet, Organizer
Reyna graduated from Portland State University in 2015, and has been a Portland resident for 12 years. She is excited to work with NP to help ensure Oregonians have access to housing and better lives. She has been an organizer for over 10 years, getting her start in grassroots organizing around LGBTQ issues and labor. Part of her interest in organizing came from her family, who worked the fields in Delano, CA. in the 60s. She enjoys outdoor adventures with friends, cooking, and sharing meals. She is originally from Fresno, California.
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Karie Herrlinger, Director of Operations & Finance
Karie joined Neighborhood Partnerships in early 2006. Prior to joining NP, Karie had managed office and financial records for small businesses for a number of years. After five years of supporting her predecessor Michael Fuss, Karie took the reins of the Finance Department at NP in 2011. She brings to it her zeal for precise management of the innumerable details of running a nonprofit organization. Every day through her work, Karie enjoys supporting those who are hard at work creating pathways to opportunity for all Oregonians. In addition, Karie is a part of the IDA team at NP, overseeing the annual fiscal reviews and other activities related to the financial components of the IDA program. Karie is an alumnus of Lewis & Clark College and holds a BA in Fine Art. In her free time Karie enjoys car camping with her husband and two kids throughout the Northwest.
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Erica Maranowski, IDA Research Assistant
Erica joined Neighborhood Partnerships in November 2019 as the IDA Research Assistant. Growing up in Portland homeless on and off, she attended Jefferson High School ('11), where she learned about modern day segregation and reparations. She studied sociology at Reed College ('15), focusing on the role of public and private education in the institutionalization of race and class inequality. Before joining NP, Erica spent time at a nonprofit building equitable, destigmatized access to resources for adult entertainers, and prior to that, worked in survey research. She appreciates vegan protein and sci-fi novels, has been to 13 countries and lived in Taiwan, Germany, and the Netherlands, and hopes to slowly improve her German and Spanish.
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Alison McIntosh, Policy and Communications Director
Alison re-joined Neighborhood Partnerships in May 2016 as the Policy & Communications Director. Prior to re-joining NP, 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 served at NP from 2006 - 2014, and in that role assumed increasing responsibility in advocacy, communications, and policy analysis. She coordinated the work of the Housing Alliance and advised NP's initial work on asset building.
Alison began working for non-profit organizations in 2001 as a community organizer in Minnesota. After moving to Portland in 2003, Alison gained experience in local housing issues as a volunteer and Board member for the Portland-based Community Alliance of Tenants. In 2010, Alison was selected to participate in Robert Wood Johnson’s Ladder to Leadership fellowship program. She participated in NP's first Advocates College. She holds a BA in Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.
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Holly McGuire, IDA Program Manager
Holly joined Neighborhood Partnerships in late 2016. Her connection to this work goes back to a childhood in Detroit, Michigan as part of a sprawling working-class family. The need for both financial security and a strong community were evident to her long before she had words or theories to support that knowing. Holly has Master’s Degrees in both cultural Anthropology and American Culture, and deeply values the richness that people’s cultures, race and ethnicity, class, and varied urban and rural experiences bring to the table. She is excited to work with so many organizations that seek to support the diverse communities across Oregon.
Holly has a long and varied work history, most recently as a small business owner, doing graphic design and production for publishers. She has also worked with databases for most of her professional life, doing development and implementation, as well as maintenance and training. Holly seeks to use her own facility for systems and data to smooth the way for the important work of reaching as many people as possible with the Oregon IDA Initiative. In her interaction with others, she hopes to facilitate human connection and real communication through active listening, working to make space for people as they are, and being awake to the truth that situations and conversations feel different for people arriving from different backgrounds and realities.
Her goal in her work with Neighborhood Partnerships and the IDA Initiative is to bring all of her skills to bear, to learn from the deep well of talents and knowledge held by NP staff and its many partners, and to contribute to the powerful work of helping all Oregonians have the best chance to thrive.
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Amy Stuczynski, Manager, Data & Evaluation
Amy manages the collection, analysis and reporting of data related to NP initiatives in asset building and affordable housing. She is passionate about using data to understand policies and programs that address the well-being of our community’s most vulnerable individuals. Amy brings 15 years of experience conducting evaluations of statewide child welfare and education reforms which involved multiple program providers and stakeholders. She has researched and published on the topics of implementation fidelity, cultural responsiveness, and family engagement. Amy holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
503-226-3001 ext. 101
Derrick Taruc, Digital Technology Coordinator
Derrick joined Neighborhood Partnerships in July 2016 to support the Oregon IDA Initiative team. Prior to joining NP, he worked for a small web development company that helped local governments, nonprofits, and membership organizations with their online technology needs. He is excited to utilize his experience to support the continuing success of the Oregon IDA Initiative and NP.
Derrick graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2011 with a BS in Communication and is originally from La Puente, California. When not at NP, you can catch Derrick reading history and sci-fi/fantasy books, listening to public radio, and cooking vegan food for his wife.
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