STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
- Alicia Daniels Uhlig, International Living Future Institute
- Amanda Saul
- Andre Bealer, NAMC-Oregon; MCIP
- Christian Kaylor, Oregon Employment Department
- David Dysert, Pearl District Neighborhood Association
- Diana Nuñez, Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
- Don Tuski, Pacific Northwest College of Art
- Donald Genasci, University of Oregon
- Duncan Hwang, APANO
- Elaine Friesen-Strang, AARP
- Elizabeth Leach, Leach Gallery
- Emily Brennan, Oregon Tradeswomen
- George Devendorf, Transition Projects
- George Galster
- Gerik Kransky, The Street Trust
- Greg Block, Sustainable Northwest
- Ian Williams, Deadstock Coffee
- James Paulson, JMPDX LLC / Worksystems Inc. Board
- Jeremy Simer, SEIU Local 49
- Jose Gonzalez, Miracle Theatre Group
- Joy Alise Davis, Portland African American Leadership Forum
- Kelly Haines, Worksystems Inc.
- Khanh Le, Main Street Alliance
- Leigh McIlvaine, Mercy Corps Northwest
- Marion Haynes, Portland Business Alliance
- Michael Szporluk
- Mike Houck, Urban Greenspaces Institute
- ** Nathan Kadish, Ecotrust
- Neil Lee, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association / LEEKA
- Nicole Rappaport, IUOE, Local 701
- Paul Lumley, NAYA
- Rick Turoczy, PIE
- Sam Rodriguez, Mill Creek Residential
- Sarah Stevenson, Innovative Housing, Inc.
- Tony DeFalco, Verde
- TJ Lambert, Adidas
- Veronica S. Leonard, Latino Network
- ** Vivian Satterfield, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
- * Willy Myers, Prosper Portland / Columbia Pacific Building Trades
- * Zeke Smith, United Way
** - Subcommittee chairs
* - Co-chair
George Galster earned his Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T. and recently retired as Clarence Hilberry Professor of Urban Affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, 8 books and 37 book chapters on a wide range of urban topics. The Urban Affairs Association placed him on their “Service Honor Roll” in 2014 and awarded him the prestigious “Contributions to the Field of Urban Affairs” prize in 2016. He currently resides in Portland’s Pearl District.
Emma has worked in many numerous facets of the construction industry. She brings skill in hands-on building, construction management, and equity in construction. She has worked on diversity plans for large scale public projects such as the Portland Building Remodel and the Multnomah County Courthouse. Before working at Oregon Tradeswomen, she worked as a cabinet maker and construction project manager. Since beginning at Oregon Tradeswomen, Emma has managed the Women in Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Occupation Grant (WANTO), the expansion of technical assistance to Registered Apprenticeship programs locally and nationally, and engaging policy makers on issues of the equity in the trades.
Neil LeeChinese Consolidated Benevolent Association / LEEKA
Born and raised in Portland Oregon, Mr. Neil Lee is Principal of LEEKA Architecture and Planning, an Oregon and Washington Minority certified business, focusing on commercial and Public sector work. Mr. Lee is heavily involved in the Chinese Community holding leadership positions in the Oregon Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, Portland Lee’s Association, All Chinese Heritage Integrity Empowerment Fund, and Bing Kong Tong Association. Mr. Lee also served as board member on the New Chinatown/Japantown Advisory Committee thru Prosper Portland.
Elaine Friesen-Strang is the Volunteer State President for AARP Oregon. She also serves on the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services and other county/city committees ranging from transportation to emergency planning. Her professional career was in social services, the last 20 years of which she was a state director for a guardianship program serving adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. She and her husband live in NE Portland and have two adult children.
Christian KaylorOregon Employment Department
Christian Kaylor is a Workforce Economist for the Oregon Employment Department, specializing in the Portland area. He provides data and analysis relating to the Portland economy to local businesses, business associations and government agencies to facilitate intelligent decision making. His monthly newsletter on the Portland economy has over 800 subscribers.
Before coming to the Employment Department seventeen years ago, Christian worked in various positions in Oregon politics and policy. A native Oregonian, Christian has a degree in Economics from the University of Oregon.
Don TuskiPacific Northwest College of Art
Don Tuski grew up in Hazel Park, Michigan on the north side of Detroit. Both his parents stressed hard work and education. After high school, Don went to Olivet College to study biology and play basketball, and there he became interested in anthropology.
Understanding different perspectives is a hallmark of anthropology and something that still serves him well as a college president. Don received his BA in biology from Olivet College in 1985 and his MA (1988) and Ph.D. (1998) in Anthropology from Michigan State University. As he finished his doctorate, Don grew more and more involved in college administration at Olivet, becoming Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, then Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Acting President, and, finally, President.
Don Tuski became President of Pacific Northwest College of Art in July of 2016
Gerik KranskyThe Street Trust
Gerik Kransky, Policy Director with The Street Trust, is working to promote and improve public transit, walking and bicycling conditions in Oregon. Over the last nineteen years his campaign victories include increasing tobacco taxes to fund children's health insurance in Montana in 2004, defending Oregon's statewide land use planning program in 2007, and dedicating tens of millions of dollars to bicycle, pedestrian, and transit projects since 2009. Gerik's professional focus is improving community engagement in policymaking to secure investments that benefit public health, safety, and the environment.
James PaulsonJMPDX LLC / Worksystems Inc. Board
James Paulson is a native of Portland Oregon, and owner of JMPDX LL a property management company. From early age James knew that his NE Portland neighborhood had huge opportunities real estate. So while in college James bought his first house, which lead to more buying over the years, now he owns a number of investment properties and manages properties for clients.
James has a passion for his community, this was something he learned from his father, Rev. Peter Paulson, a man who lived his life for social justice for all. This has rubbed off on how James views the World and how he carries himself professionally. Fairness, transparency, and honesty are key aspects of James character.
James has had an exceptional corporate career in human resources (HR), within a number of industries and organizations. With every job James has been able to leave a positive legacy. This HR experience is something James has been able to incorporate into his property management business. Screening, selecting, and managing tenants is much the same as managing employees in a corporate setting.
Outside of work James has a wife and a passion for travel and adventure. Even if it’s just a train ride to a Timbers game.
Duncan Hwang is the Associate Director of APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon). APANO is a statewide, grassroots organization, uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice. We use our collective strengths to advance equity through empowering, organizing and advocating with our communities. In his work, Duncan focuses on improving transportation access, economic attainment, and health outcomes for the communities and neighborhoods he serves. Before having the privilege of serving as a community advocate, Duncan worked in corporate law internationally focusing on cross-border M&A.
Tony DeFalco is Verde's Deputy Director formally the Living Cully Ecodistrict Coordinator, coordinating the nation’s first equity driven ecodistrict designed to re-interpret sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy. His expertise in community economic development, environmental protection and sustainability spans 15 years of working locally and nationally in environmental advocacy, coalition building and policy advocacy. As the Living Cully Ecodistrict Coordinator he helped lead redevelopment of a landfill into a park in a low-income neighborhood in Portland. His current focus includes strengthening communities of color and low income communities in deriving economic benefit from environmental investments.
I work as an independent consultant supporting organizations to be more inclusive of persons with disabilities in their policies, programs, and services. I primarily work with different branches of the United Nations, and actors in the international humanitarian aid sector, but have also worked with domestic clients, including the City of Portland.
Mike HouckUrban Greenspaces Institute
Mike Houck, Executive Director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute (www.urbangreenspaces.org), works on local, regional, and national urban park and greenspace issues. He has worked for more than forty years to promote the integration of the built and natural environments in the Portland-Vancouver region and incorporating green infrastructure for the city of Portland’s watershed and stormwater planning efforts.
He co-founded The Intertwine Alliance (www.theintertwine.org) which is dedicated to creating a world-class park, trail, and natural area system for the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region. Mike serves on the city’s Planning and Sustainability Commission.
Veronica S. LeonardLatino Network
Veronica joined the Latino Network in the fall of 2015 and currently manages the Health and Wellness Programs, which aim to provide social, emotional and cultural connectedness to our community. The programs include: sexuality education for youth and adults, part of a collaboration with the Multnomah County Health Department, Planned Parenthood Columbia-Willamette, NAYA, SEI and the Boys & Girls Club; Speak UP and Empower, a leadership program for youth who are multi-system involved; Summer Academia, a summer program for gang-impacted youth and their siblings, in partnership with our Community Healing Initiative team; and programming to support our elders. Veronica is a member of the Oregon Youth Sexual Health Partnership, and is on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon and the Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon, and a dual master’s degree in Social Work and Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Zeke SmithUnited Way
Since 2012, Zeke Smith has served as the Chief Impact Officer of the United Way of the Columbia Willamette, leading their efforts to break the cycle of childhood poverty across the Portland Metro Region. United Way does this by bringing diverse community partners together through increased funding, volunteers and shared expertise in order to better the lives of children and families and to improve the systems designed to support them. Previously Zeke served as the Chief of Staff at Portland Public Schools from 2007-2012 where he was responsible for managing the executive leadership team, strategic planning for the district and led District external affairs including communications, government and community relations. In Zeke's prior work experience, he worked in a variety of positions and community-based nonprofits to improve the lives of kids, particularly those of color and living in poverty. Zeke has extensive professional experience as a facilitator and strategic consultant with numerous local, state and national organizations, with a particular focus in communities of color. Zeke is currently the Chair of the Oregon Health Policy Board.
Zeke is proud of his Dutch, Indonesian, Osage & Oneida heritage and lives in NE Portland. He is married and has two daughters that attend Grant High School. He is also a Class of 28 American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow and a German Marshall Memorial American Fellow.
Greg BlockSustainable Northwest
Portland, Oregon has a reputation as both an incredibly progressive community and a place where people of color have consistently been held from the same prosperity afforded to their white neighbors. I think Broadway Corridor represents a unique opportunity to live up to our progressive ideals, by ensuring that the prosperity that will accrue as an outcome of this development can truly be shared equitably across our communities. Not only am I hopeful for this transformation, but I feel responsible for being a part of it.
Alicia Daniels UhligInternational Living Future Institute
Alicia Daniels Uhlig NCARB, LEED Fellow, LFA
Director Living Community Challenge + Policy International Living Future Institute
Alicia Daniels Uhlig is a licensed architect and passionate green building advocate, with 20 years of sustainable design experience. She directs the Living Community Challenge and Policy for the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), and is focused on accelerating the creation of vibrant, healthy, sustainable communities. Widely accepted to be the most innovative green building standard for communities in the world, the Living Community Challenge has a straightforward purpose: it defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today, and acts to diminish the gap between current limits and ideal solutions. Prior to joining ILFI, Alicia’s sustainability focus led her to work in Italy, and to practice architecture at Van der Ryn Architects in California, in the US Virgin Islands and most recently in Washington as Principal and Director of Sustainability at GGLO. Alicia is a LEED Fellow (credentials in BD+C, Neighborhood Development, and Homes), a current USGBC LEED Advisory Committee member, a founding steering committee member of the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, an Urban Land Institute Northwest task force member, and an American Solar Energy Society lifetime member.
George DevendorfTransition Projects
George serves as executive director of Transition Projects, a Portland-area non-profit committed to helping people transition from homelessness to housing. During the past year, Transition Projects provided life-saving and life-changing assistance to more than 10,000 of Portland’s most vulnerable people, helping more than 1,000 to regain housing and providing shelter to more than 800 each night. Prior to joining Transition Projects, George spent more than 20 years in the field of international relief and development working with a variety of non-governmental, United Nations, and US government agencies. With experience working on five continents, he has responded to major natural disasters, coordinated relief efforts in conflict settings, designed humanitarian training programs, and developed global education & advocacy campaigns. George holds a master’s degree from the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He lives with his wife and young son in SE Portland.
Jeremy O. SimerSEIU Local 49
Jeremy O. Simer is a strategic researcher with Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 49. His work informs organizing campaigns and policy initiatives to create good jobs in janitorial, security, health care and other industries, drawing on experience as a union activist, Spanish translator and historical researcher. He lives in North Portland with his amazing wife and adorable son.
Andre BealerNAMC-Oregon; MCIP
Andre Bealer is the Program Coordinator for the National Association of Minority Contractors – Oregon chapter (NAMC-Oregon). NAMC-Oregon is the local affiliate of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC), a trade association founded in 1969 to address the needs of minority contractors through advocacy, outreach and technical support. After graduating the University of Oregon, Andre joined community organizations and public committees seeking ways of uplifting the minority community. Andre believes it is necessary that minorities are afforded opportunities for economic independence and entrepreneurial success. Continuing this mission upon joining NAMC-OR, Andre provides research, policy analysis and community outreach that highlight ways in which minority business enterprises (MBEs) are affected to assist in breaking down barriers and connecting public entities with community organizations to be an advocate for change.
Sam RodriguezMill Creek Residential
Sam Rodriguez serves as Senior Managing Director, with a focus on the Oregon market for Mill Creek Residential.
Formerly, Sam served as a Development Associate for the Pacific Northwest division with Trammell Crow Residential. Before joining Trammell Crow, Sam worked as a Project Manager for a Portland residential developer for two years and prior to that practiced architecture for 16 years, the last six as a Senior Associate and Project Manager at SERA Architects, in Portland, Oregon. In his capacity as Senior Managing Director, Sam has overseen development, financing and construction of almost 2,000 homes in urban mixed-use multifamily housing projects in the Portland area since 2011. At Trammell Crow Residential, Sam successfully managed Tupelo Alley and Riva on the Park from design through construction. While at SERA Architects he was involved with the design of projects such as Lewis & Clark College Housing, 8 NW 8, The Avenue Lofts, The Civic and The Tate Condominiums.
Sam received a Bachelor of Architecture from the Central University of Venezuela in 1987. He is a registered Architect in Washington DC and Venezuela. Sam currently serves as City of Portland Design Review Commissioner, Chair of the Big Board of Appeals for the City of Portland and is a member of the Archdioceses of Portland Building Committee.