Kurt Creager, Bureau Director
503-823-2380 / Kurt.Creager@portlandoregon.gov
Kurt Creager has over 30 years of experience working in the affordable housing and community development industry. He joins the Portland Housing Bureau from the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in Fairfax, Virginia, where he was appointed as the director in October 2014. Prior to that, he served as the director of housing and community development at Otak, Inc. in Vancouver, Washington, where he worked since 2012. Creager is also the president of Urbanist Housing Solutions, LLC, which works to integrate affordable workforce housing into mixed-use transit oriented communities and sustainable master planned developments. In this capacity, Creager has served as a financial advisor to the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino, California, and the Rocky Mountain Development Council of Helena, Montana.
Creager also previously served as executive director of the Stardust Center for Affordable Homes & the Family at Arizona State University, leading research, public policy and demonstration projects which advanced sustainable urbanism and affordable housing statewide. Prior to his tenure at ASU, Creager served both as executive director of the Vancouver, Washington Housing Authority/Public Development Authority, and as chief of housing and economic development with Metropolitan King County in Seattle.
Creager has a bachelor’s degree in environmental planning and architectural graphics from Western Washington University. He also attended the Kennedy School of Government State & Local Public Executives Program at Harvard University and the Cascade Management Institute at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington
Javier Mena, Assistant Housing Director
503-823-3377 / Javier.Mena@portlandoregon.gov
Javier Mena brings unique private/public sector background and on-the-job experience to this position. He served as PHB’s interim Assistant Housing Director since August. Since joining PHB in July 2010, Javier contributed to the Bureau as the Asset Manager. He brought leadership to his team and oversaw a streamlining of processes, resulting in more efficiency. In his new role, Javier will continue to strengthen relationships with our partners, contribute to our Equity Agenda and continue to merge our Bureau’s objectives to better serve our partners and leverage resources. Originally from Ecuador, Javier holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Portland State University. He has a 14-year background in the financial industry. In 2006, Javier ventured into the public sector as a Program Coordinator for Portland Development Commissioner’s Neighborhood Housing Program. There, he focused on closing the minority homeownership gap. Javier’s passion for this work stems from a belief that Portland can be a diverse, thriving City that creates opportunities for all of its people.
Leslie Goodlow, Business Operations Manager
503-823-4160 / Leslie.Goodlow@portlandoregon.gov
Leslie Goodlow joined Portland Housing Bureau as the Business Operations Manager in September of 2012. Leslie held progressively responsible jobs with Multnomah County during her 20 years there. She began her career at the County as a Mental Health Consultant with the Partner’s Project a multi-jurisdictional demonstration grant funded by SAMHSA. She moved into management and participated in the development of Multnomah County’s capitated mental health plan – CAPCare. In 1998 she took over the Child and Adolescent Mental Health direct service programs for the County. In this role, she partnered with school districts across the county, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice to improve services and outcomes in mental health care for children. Her last position with the County was serving as the Senior Manager in charge of Coordination, Safety and Intake Services for the Developmental Disabilities Services Division, which also included business operations and information technology. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Grambling State University and a Master’s in Social Work from Portland State University. She is very active in the community, most notably with the Portland Rose Festival Foundation, where she has been a board member since 1999 and served as President of the organization in 2007 for the Centennial Celebration. She is a member of the Portland Kaohsiung Sister City Association, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Leslie has a tremendous personal and professional commitment to the communities we serve at PHB.
Letimya Clayton, Administrative Services
503-823-3489 / Letimya.Clayton@portlandoregon.gov
Martha Calhoon, Communications
503-823-3239 / Martha.Calhoon@portlandoregon.gov
Michelle DePass, Community Engagement
503-823-3606 / Michelle.DePass@portlandoregon.gov
Karl Dinkelspiel, Housing Investment & Preservation Programs
503-823-1354 / Karl.Dinkelspiel@portlandoregon.gov
Sally Erickson, Housing Access & Stabilization
503-823-0883 / Sally.Erickson@portlandoregon.gov
Mike Johnson, Finance, Accounting & Contract Service
503-823-4176 / Mike.Johnson@portlandoregon.gov
Andrea Matthiessen, Homeowner Access & Retention
503-823-2379 / Andrea.Matthiessen@portlandoregon.gov
Antoinette Pietka, Business Analysis, Research & Information Technology
503-823-2394 / Antoinette.Pietka@portlandoregon.gov
Matthew Tschabold, Policy & Equity
503-823-3607 / Matthew.Tschabold@portlandoregon.gov