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Portland Housing Bureau

Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-2375

fax: 503-823-2387

421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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Meet Our Commissioners

Amy Anderson

Amy Anderson brings with her over 40 years of retail sales specializing as a computer technician and customer service specialist. After retiring in 2007, I have dedicated my life to serving our most vulnerable populations as a Professional Advocate. After volunteering for over 16 years as a Volunteer Chaplain in Multnomah County Detention Center, I have come to know that without a safe and secure housing our citizens will most likely return to incarceration. I currently serve as a board member of Cascadia Behavioral Health Housing and Multnomah County Health Department. I also serve on Health Share’s advisory council, Portland    Commission on Disabilities and Multnomah County Mental Health and Addictions advisory council.


Photo of Jesse BeasonJesse Beason, Committee Chair

Jesse Beason is the Director of Public Affairs at Northwest Health Foundation.  Jesse leads the Foundation’s work in communications, policy, government relations and partnership development. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2013, Jesse served as Executive Director of Proud Ground, a nonprofit organization helping low-income families purchase their first home, from 2008 to 2013.  Jesse serves on the board of directors of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, National Community Land Trust Network, Oregon Public Broadcasting's Community Advisory Board and JustPortland.

Photo of Andrew ColasAndrew Colas

Andrew Colas is a principal in Colas Construction.  Andrew currently leads the business development and operational teams at COLAS and has utilized his experience in the field to spearhead the redevelopment of COLAS’ project delivery, fiscal, estimating, safety and project supervision systems.  A NE Portland native and lifelong community activist, Andrew works tirelessly to promote investment and job creation in underserved populations through his role at COLAS, the Colas Foundation Fund and on various boards and works with many community organizations. Andrew is also a member organization of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMCO), Oregon chapter.

Photo of Ray EspañaRey España

Rey España is the Housing Development Director of the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA). NAYA has both rental housing and homeownership programs, and provides a broad range of culturally-specific services to the urban Native community. Rey previously served as co-chair of the Bureau’s Budget Advisory Committee, and was also involved in Operation HOME.

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Elisa Harrigan

Elisa Harrigan is an Affordable Housing Initiative Program Officer at Meyer Memorial Trust.  She is a part of the Affordable Housing Initiative Team helping trustees to fund and convene Oregon's nonprofits to preserve and increase the supply of safe and decent housing that is accessible to all Oregonians.  Previously Elisa was the Executive Director of the Community Alliance of Tenant's (CAT). CAT focuses on the education, empowerment and advocacy of tenants throughout Oregon.

Photo of Deborah ImseDeborah Imse, Executive Committee

Deborah Imse is the Executive Director of Multifamily NW. Founded in 1992, the Metro Multifamily Housing Association (MMHA) was created to represent residential property managers and vendors throughout Portland, Southern Washington, and down through the Willamette Valley to Medford. She recently served on Commissioner Nick Fish’s Section 8 Task Force.

Photo of Marc JolinMark Jolin, Executive Committee

Mark Jolin is the Executive Director of JOIN. JOIN was founded in 1992 in order to bridge the gap between homeless and housed members of the community. As the homeless people that we worked with shared their wisdom with us, they sparked an evolution in JOIN's program emphasis to outreach services to homeless individuals who remain outside the traditional social service system.

 Colin Rowan

Colin Rowan is a founding member of United Fund Advisors and co-heads all management and investment activities of UFA and its affiliates. Colin develops investment strategies, raises investment capital and structures investments and loans.  He has more than 14 years experience in investment banking, private equity, business development and product marketing.  In addition to PHAC, Colin serves on the board of Portland Family of Funds, the board of The International School, and numerous civic boards and advisory groups.



Photo of Sarah ZahnSarah Zahn

Sarah Zahn is a development manager at Gerding Edlen.  Gerding Edlen exists to do one simple thing: to create vibrant, sustainable and inspiring places where people can work, learn and live. Sarah is the former Director of Housing for Human Solutions, which provides low-income housing and anti-poverty services to all of Multnomah County. In addition to eviction prevention, re-housing for homeless families, job skills training, and other services, Human Solutions owns and operates more than 600 apartment units. Sarah is also a member of the Fair Housing Advocacy Committee, Oregon Opportunity Network, and CREW Network.