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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Karie Herrlinger, Deputy Director – 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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Alison McIntosh, Deputy Director – Policy and Communications
Alison recently re-joined Neighborhood Partnerships in May 2016 as the Deputy Director for Policy & Communications. 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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Laina Green, Economic Opportunity Manager
Laina joined the team at Neighborhood Partnerships in 2013. As a proud member of the Klamath Tribes, Laina has made it her personal mission to provide asset building opportunities to underserved communities. Her previous experience as an IDA Program Coordinator at the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) gave her the insight to understand how motivating and empowering asset building can be for individuals and communities. With a degree in Television Production Technology, Laina had the privilege of working on the production of the award-winning video Stories of Home, which explored Native Elders’ personal tales of the value of home. When not working to increase opportunities for others, Laina enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and watching football games and Sci-Fi movies.
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Jessica Junke, Director of Economic Opportunity
Jess has been a part of NP’s team since 2011. As the Director of Economic Opportunity, she leads the Oregon IDA Initiative, the largest state program of its kind in the country. Jess brings with her close to a decade of experience building efficient systems to support work being done on the ground. She leans into her never ending curiosity and asks: “how can we do this better?” She knows that lasting solutions come from listening first and then working together in a spirit of inclusive partnership and collaboration.
Before joining NP, Jess graduated with a degree in Cultural Anthropology from Willamette University and headed east to work with the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture. Throughout her experience in the windy city, her passion for the intersection of community development and public policy deepened – specifically regarding economic justice for communities marginalized from mainstream pathways to opportunity and stability. Jess returned to the Northwest invigorated to join Neighborhood Partnerships, an organization dedicated to building those lasting pathways to opportunity for Oregonians facing the greatest barriers.
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Holly McGuire, IDA Program Coordinator
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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Mercy Rossi, Finance & Marketing Coordinator
Mercy graduated from the University of Portland in 2007 and has been a North Portland resident ever since. She has worked in the non-profit sector since college and joined Neighborhood Partnerships in April 2012. At NP, Mercy works with the deputy director to ensure the Finance department operates smoothly and efficiently. She is excited to be involved in NP’s dedicated work to creating opportunities and hope for all Oregonians. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and neighbors, is an avid outdoor enthusiast, and loves to travel. She is originally from La Habra, California.
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Em, IDA Evaluation Support
Em began assisting with the Oregon IDA survey in the summer of 2013 as a student at Portland State University, where she is studying to get her BSW degree. Although her employment at NP is part time, being an active participant in her community is deeply important to her. She keeps busy through various volunteer positions, most often in the field of youth services. After graduate school, Em hopes to start her own nonprofit organization that offers innovative services to young people that provide an alternative to youth services as they currently exist.
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.
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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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Hannah Waterman, Development Manager
As Development Manager, Hannah works closely with Neighborhood Partnerships’ generous supporters and community partners to further the mission of bringing opportunity to all Oregonians. Hannah leads marketing efforts for the IDA Initiative as well as managing NP’s individual and community donor efforts. Hannah is passionate about connecting those that want to help with where their generosity will be most impactful. She has a background in business development, nonprofit development, and customer service, and a BA in Liberal Studies from Montana State University. Born in Portland, Hannah loves spending time with family and friends, enjoying all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
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Stacey Ziegenhagel, Administrative Assistant
Stacey graduated from the University of Oregon in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology. She joined NP to provide logistical, communications, data management, event management, and technology support. An organizer and advocate by nature, Stacey has worked in mental health and has organized events around various social justice issues. She is particularly passionate about topics such as domestic violence prevention, conflict resolution, eating disorder treatment, and access to education. She is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at Portland State University.
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