Many thanks to the following individuals for volunteering their time and talent to participate in the Fair Housing Advocacy Committee:
Neisha Saxena – recommendation by Multnomah County
Neisha is an attorney with Disability Rights Oregon, an Oregon non-profit that promotes Opportunity, Access and Choice for individuals with disabilities by assisting them with legal problems directly related to their disabilities, including fair housing issues. Neisha was on the Analysis of Impediments Committee.
Jason Trombley – recommendation by Coalition of Communities of Color
Jason is a public relations professional who represents Coalition of Communities of Color on FHAC. In his capacity with the CCC, he helped develop the strategic plans for two of the organization's committees - the Community & Economic Development committee and the Education Justice Committee. Further, he serves as one of the primary representatives for the CCC to support Portland Public Schools as the district implements their Racial Educational Equity Policy. Currently he represents the CCC on two PPS committees with a focus on equity: The Achievement Compact Advisory Committee and is current co-chair of the Superintendent's Advisory Committee on Enrollment and Transfer (SACET).
Abby Ahern (At Large) – recommendation by ad hoc FHAC nominations committee
While working toward her MSW, Abby had the opportunity to work on a new tenant education curriculum called Rent Well, and run the pilot class to ensure its success. Abby sits on the Diversity Advisory Council with Clackamas County and sees her work with the FHAC as an exciting opportunity to make Multnomah County a more equitable and welcoming place to live.
Liora Berry – recommendation by Multnomah County
Liora is the Clinical Director of the Homeless Services Division at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. She oversees Cascadia’s Homeless Services Division: Street outreach, Transitional housing, Drop-in center, and over 200 units Permanent Supportive Housing. She brings valuable insight into community advocacy; direct services; education and outreach to housing and service providers.
Marc-Daniel Domond – recommendation by Gresham
Marc is an Executive Project Manager with COLAS Construction, a minority-owned construction company. Marc is a resident of Gresham, and on his neighborhood’s Home Owners Association.
Jerad Goughnour – recommendation by Portland.
Jerad is a small rental landlord and partner in a property management company Gateway Property Management. He represents the Rental Housing Association of Greater Portland. He brings a smaller landlord perspective, and professional management of smaller properties.
Elisa Harrigan – recommendation by Portland
Elisa is the Executive Director of the Community Alliance of Tenants, and was a member of the Analysis of Impediments Committee. She brings the tenant perspective to fair housing.
Deborah Imse – recommendation by Portland
Deborah is the Executive Director of the Metro Multifamily Housing Association. She is a member of the Portland Housing Advisory Commission, and was a member of the Analysis of Impediments Committee.
Kayse Jama – recommendation by the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO)
Kayse is the Executive Director of the Center for Intercultural Organizing. He is leading CIO to develop an inclusive, diverse, grassroots organization working to build a multi-racial, multicultural movement for immigrant and refugee rights.
John Miller – recommendation by Portland
John Miller is the Executive Director of Oregon ON. He has an extensive housing background, and brings the perspective of Oregon ON’s many partners to the table.
Rachel Payton – recommendation by Multnomah County
Rachel is an Advocacy Coordinator for Volunteers of America’s Home Free program which rather than provide a facility or temporary apartments for individuals and families fleeing domestic violence, Home Free helps survivors to access their own housing and then assists them in staying there – safely and independently.
Joe VanderVeer – recommendation by Portland Disability Commission
Joe is a member of the Portland Commission on Disability and is the chair of the Accessibility in the Built Environment subcommittee for the commission. Part of the work plan for the ABE subcommittee seeks to address the critical shortage of accessible, affordable housing for people with disabilities in Portland and Multnomah County. Joe also serves on the board of directors for Disability Rights Oregon and chairs the Multnomah County Disability Services Advisory Council. In his professional life, Joe works with nonprofits that serve people experiencing poverty, homelessness, and disability.
Lynne Walker – recommendation by Gresham
Lynne Walker is a resident of the City of Gresham and serves on the Community Development & Housing Subcommittee, which helps develop Gresham’s goals, policies, and programs for housing & community development.
Raina Smith-Roller– recommendation by Gresham
As Rent Assistance Coordinator at Human Solutions, Raina oversees many Eviction Prevention programs. She brings knowledge of landlord issues and the impact of housing stability on household success.
Betty Dominguez – recommendation by Home Forward
Betty is the Director of Policy and Equity at Home Forward. Home Forward has the unique perspective of being both landlord and fair housing services funder.
Michael Alexander - recommendation by the Coalition of Communities of Color
Mr. Alexander assumed the role of President & CEO of the Urban League of Portland in August 2013 where he acts as the organization’s lead executive. Prior to joining the Urban League of Portland’s leadership team, Mr. Alexander served as Vice President for Account Management at Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield where he was responsible for the design and management of Regence-wide account management, retention and purchaser satisfaction strategies.