Jesse 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.
Deborah 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.
Elisa Harrigan, Executive Committee
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.
Amy Anderson brings with her over 40 years of retail sales specializing as a computer technician and customer service specialist. After retiring in 2007, she has dedicated her 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, Amy has come to know that without safe and secure housing our citizens will most likely return to incarceration. Amy currently serves as a board member of Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Housing and Multnomah County Health Department. She also serves on Health Share’s Community Advisory Council, Portland Commission on Disability and Multnomah County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Council (AMHSAAC).
Andrew Colas is a principal in Colas Construction. Andrew currently leads the business development and operational teams at Colas Construction and has utilized his experience in the field to spearhead the redevelopment of Colas’ project delivery, fiscal, estimating, safety and project supervision systems. A Northeast 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.
Betty Dominguez is the Director of Policy & Equity for Home Forward, the housing authority serving Multnomah County and the largest owner/developer of affordable housing in the state. In more than eight years with Home Forward, Betty has also held positions in the agency’s Development & Community Revitalization department, and managed the Moving to Work program. Prior to joining Home Forward, she served for seven years as the Regional Advisor to the Director of Oregon Housing & Community Services, the state’s housing finance agency, providing technical assistance to for-profit and nonprofit affordable housing developers in the region.
Cobi Jackson is Vice President and Community Development Officer for Oregon and Southwest Washington for Wells Fargo Bank, where she is responsible for the company’s activities related to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Cobi worked at the global nonprofit One Economy Corporation serving as the Vice President of National Programs. Cobi currently serves on the board of directors for the Portland Housing Center, United Way of Columbia-Willamette, Black United Fund of Oregon, Oregon Women’s Foundation, and Open Meadows Foundation. She also serves on the University of Oregon’s Presidents Diversity Council and the Leadership Council for the United Negro College Fund of Pacific NW/Alaska.
Daniel Steffey has been active in housing and community development work for over 45 years and currently devotes time in an encore career to projects that improve social equity and inclusivity and contribute to sustainable economic development. He was responsible for the development and implementation of Portland Mayor Bud Clark’s 12-Point Plan for the Homeless, served as director of the Portland Bureau of Community Development (predecessor to the
Portland Housing Bureau) and as Chair of the Multnomah County/Portland Citizens Commission on Homelessness. His work has included production or preservation of more than 2,500 units of affordable and special needs housing, employment programs serving people with disabilities and creation of programs in the private sector to improve social equity and increase workforce and supply chain diversity.
Dike Dame is President of Williams & Dame Development (WDD), he has been at the forefront of real estate financing and development for more than forty years. At WDD, Dike plans, organizes, leads, and controls the company’s activities. He has been responsible for negotiating complex development agreements with multiple public entities and formulating multifaceted financial structures. Dike is on the Advisory Board of Portland State University’s School of Urban Studies and Planning, and Vice Chairman of a Project Apprentice Committee that promotes union apprenticeships for women and ethnic minorities. Dike also serves on the Board of Portland State University’s First Stop Portland program, which he and PSU founded.
Jean DeMaster is the Executive Director of Human Solutions, Inc. and a longtime advocate for housing issues in the Portland metro area. Human Solutions, helps provide affordable housing, family support services and other training to low-income and homeless families. Previously Jean was the Executive Director of both the YWCA of Greater Portland, as well as Transition Projects, where she helped develop affordable housing for single adults.
Maxine Fitzpatrick is the Executive Director/CEO of Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. (PCRI), a community development corporation specializing the development and management of affordable housing. Maxine became the first executive director of PCRI in 1993, relocating to Portland from the Midwest where she also developed and managed affordable housing. A longtime affordable housing and community advocate, Maxine has earned an Equal Opportunity Award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for her efforts to further Fair Housing and is a past board member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle. She currently serves on the Development Review Advisory Committee for the Bureau of Development Services, Portland Public School District Wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee, and the Metro Policy Advisory Committee.
Nate McCoy is the Executive Director, Operations Manager and Spokesperson 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. Nate is responsible for building programs that advance the organization’s mission, as well as resource development and streamlining operations to maximize the use of resources for efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to joining NAMC-Oregon, Nate spent seven years as a Senior Construction Coordinator for both the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) and Portland Development Commission (PDC). As a longtime proponent of equity in contracting, Nate led the housing bureau’s Minority, Women, and Emerging Small Business (MWESB) outreach and contracting initiatives during his tenure there and was actively involved in program development related to equity and contracting opportunities bureau-wide. With a focus on transparency and accountability related to MWESB contracting goals, Nate assisted the City’s Procurement Office in the development of data collection and reporting on contracting in PHB-funded projects.
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 Portland Housing Bureau’s Budget Advisory Committee, and was also involved in Portland Development Commission's (PDC) Operation HOME.
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 (FHAC), Oregon Opportunity Network (OON), and CREW Network.
Stephen Green is the Assistant Vice-President & Market Manager at Albina Community Bank, where he helps business and property owners access the capital they need to get their projects off the ground. With more than 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship, he also provides business consulting for Nike, strategy assistance to small business owners, and is the co-founder, General Manager, and Treasurer for Oregon Public House, the nation’s first nonprofit brewpub and brewery. Stephen currently sits on the board of directors for six area nonprofits, all based in N/NE Portland, whose missions support economic development, community development, and education. He is a past board chair for the Black United Fund of Oregon.
Tom Brenneke is President of Guardian Real Estate Services. Tom has spearheaded the company’s growth and evolution in the affordable housing sector and been an active proponent of preserving this housing stock. He is currently leading Oregon's participation in a national lobbying effort to preserve the Section 42 Low Income Tax Credit program working with Federal, State and local elected officials. Tom was recently appointed to the Portland Housing Advisory Commission and also currently chairs Multifamily NW's Legislative Committee where he launched the organization's Political Action Committee fund. He is also a previous Multifamily NW Board member. Tom is a current member of the National Multi Housing Council. He is a founding Board member of De La Salle North Catholic High School and is a big supporter of the school's Corporate Internship Program, giving young adults a unique introduction to business. Tom is a Certified Property Manager; and an Oregon Real Estate Broker. He earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Portland.
Wayne Miya is the Executive Director of Our House of Portland, former Board Chair of Our House and former Board Chair of Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. He has been CEO of Unity, Inc., which was a predecessor to Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare (mental health and addiction services), and is a retiree of PacifiCorp where he has held several management positions over a 30 year career, including HR Management, Project Management and System Design and Analysis. He has a B.A. Degree in Mathematics, and Masters of Business Administration. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Oregon Health Care Association Leadership Award.