Gabbrielle Bates (she/her/hers) is a volunteer with Common Cause Oregon. She brings her lived experience as a mother of four navigating community based resources such as Rent Well and Work Source to climb her way out of houselessness. Through her volunteer experience, Gabbrielle has honed her communication skills and hopes to serve her community by making it a personal mission to “reach out to individuals and groups to spread awareness of available resources to help people like me who need a hand up.”
Heather Brown (she/her/hers) is a real estate agent with RelocatePDX with a background as a psychiatric treatment counselor for at-risk youth. Additionally, she is an advisory board member for the Metzger Park Local Improvement District. Her personal lived experience as a houseless child coupled with her professional experience make her a valuable asset to the committee. Heather is fully aware of an interconnected approach, stating that “getting off the streets isn't enough...to build actual wealth for generations to come requires the help of the real estate industry and banking industry.”
Susan Emmons (she/her/hers) was the executive director at Northwest Pilot Project (NWPP) with over 35 years of housing experience. Additionally, she chaired the Housing and Community Development Commission (HCDC) and is a member of the Portland Housing Bond Oversight Committee. While chairing HCDC, she and others created a guiding document for future planning in terms of local budgets, and community development work. Susan realized the dire need of affordable housing, stating that she “learned that we could develop the best housing placement program possible, but if the housing didn't exist, our services were useless.”
Dan Fowler (he/him/his) is the president and co-owner of Abernethy Center, former Oregon City Mayor, and co-founder of the Homeless Solutions Coalition of Clackamas County. He has served as a volunteer on numerous boards and committees, including as chair of Clackamas Heritage Partners and the Providence Willamette Falls Foundation Board. Dan is a compassionate advocate for those who are experiencing houselessness and believes that to advance racial equity, we must “serve those who have been too long ignored or left out.”
Armando Jimenez (he/him/his) is a Provider Relations Manager at OHSU Health Hillsboro Medical Center. He has personally experienced and witnessed the impact housing instability has on families and individuals. He brings a background in public health and the ability to work with diverse groups. Additionally, he has worked with migrant farm workers facing unsafe housing conditions. Armando recognizes the importance of safe and affordable housing because “a lack of stable and affordable housing means an inability for families to thrive in all other areas.”
Ellen Johnson (she/her/hers) is a retired attorney who worked for eight years as a trial attorney for the Metropolitan Public Defender, Inc. and for 30 years as a legal aid attorney with a focus on housing law and fair housing in Washington County. Her personal commitment to housing justice for the BIPOC community is evident through her participation in developing Washington County's Consolidated Plans and Fair Housing Plans and her membership in Housing Land Advocates. Ellen understands the importance of affordable housing and has “a firsthand knowledge of the systemic and institutional drivers that capture people in poverty and the resources people need to move out of the criminal justice system.”
Jenny Lee (she/her/hers) is the deputy director at the Coalition of Communities of Color and has worked her entire career in advocating for social, economic, and racial justice. She brings a variety of experience and skills, including serving as the co-chair to the Metro affordable housing oversight committee and a background coordinating coalitions. Jenny is committed towards ensuring the “successful implementation, particularly for racial equity across the program and prioritizing self-determination for the individuals served.”
Seth Lyon (he/him/his) is a District 15 manager with the Oregon Department of Human Services in Clackamas County. He has dedicated his career towards serving others with extensive experience in developing supportive housing projects, overseeing housing programs, and developing plans to end houselessness. Additionally, he has served on as a volunteer on multiple committees such as Affordable Housing NOFA and Continuum of Care Executive. Seth hopes to “coordinate supportive services with these new services in a seamless way to work toward ending houselessness in our community.”
Carter MacNichol (he/him/his) is a project manager at Shiels Obletz Johnsen and is engaged with supportive housing through his membership on the Board of Transition Projects. His previous participation on oversight committees such as the Oregon Metro Zoo Bond and the City of Portland’s Arts Tax make him experienced in group decision making and collaboration. Additionally, he brings his valuable skills as the founding board chair of Proud Ground and as a developer of several mixed-use affordable housing projects. Carter is dedicated to advancing racial equity by taking “meaningful action to address systemic racism that has led to disproportionate rates of homelessness among the BIPOC community in the region.”
Felicita Monteblanco (she/her/hers) is the public affairs manager at Northwest Health Foundation and a local politician who is very engaged with her community. In 2017 she was elected to the board of directors for the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District. Felicita acknowledges the need to center the voices of those with lived experiences and the role race plays in those experiencing houselessness, stating “we must lead with race; we must lead with and acknowledge that our BIPOC communities have been disproportionately impacted by systemic racism and a lack of resources and investment in their communities.”
Jeremiah Rigsby is the chief of staff at CareOregon. Jeremiah moved to Oregon in 2011 to attend Lewis and Clark Law School. Before moving to Oregon, Jeremiah was a congressional aide to US Congressman Henry Cuellar (2006-2009) and US Congressman Kurt Schrader (2009-2011). During his time on the Hill, Jeremiah worked on a number of policy issues, but focused on health care policy through the development and passage of the Affordable Care Act. After completing law school, Jeremiah joined CareOregon to help develop and advocate for Medicaid and Medicare policy. Jeremiah is devoted to public service and the committee, stating that “this work is not limited to traditional health care alone, and our work on this committee would be critical to addressing the social needs of populations that have been historically underserved."
Roserria Roberts (she/her/hers) is a homeless program coordinator at Oregon Housing and Community Services with a passion to give back to her community. She brings extensive lived and professional experiences, having served as a member of the Oregon Social Justice Funders Network and Commissioner, Multnomah County Housing and Community Development Commission. Roserria is ardent about ensuring the success of the measure and believes that the committee “has an opportunity to affect housing placement and design, the largest asset for most households, with a lens towards racial equity and justice.”
Jahed Sukhun (he/him/his) is the chief operating officer at the Muslim Education Trust (MET) with experience serving refugees and immigrants who seek affordable housing. His experience at the Oregon Food Bank as well as MET’s food drive in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed him to the daily challenges individuals faced before and during the pandemic. Jahed’s instilled motive of helping others directly guides his racial equity lens, stating that “advancing racial equity means to ensure that everyone's voice is heard and that the system in place is designed for the benefit of all constituents regardless of race, ethnicity, age, religion and or sexual orientation.”
Dr. Mandrill Taylor (he/him/his) is an addiction psychiatrist with Kaiser Permanente. He brings his expertise in mental health, epidemiology and addiction services as well as his experience serving on multiple equity committees, including the DEI Task Force for the City of Lake Oswego. Mandrill has seen firsthand how individuals experiencing houselessness better succeed when needs are identified and supports are provided. He brings passion to ensure the stated commitment of supportive housing becomes a reality in the allocation of resources; who is served, and how they are served.
Kathy Wai (she/her/hers) has over a decade of experience in social services, policy advocacy and culturally specific programs. She was previously an organizer with SEIU Local 503, legislative director for Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, chair of Housing and Human Services, and field director for the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon. Kathy most recently worked on the 2020 Census to ensure that BIPOC communities were accurately counted. Kathy strives to advance racial equity by advocating with those who have been most affected by injustice. She also serves on the North Clackamas School Board and TriMet's Board of Directors representing the Clackamas region.