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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

Photo of Jesse BeasonJesse Beason, Committee Chair

Jesse Beason is the Executive Director of Proud Ground, and plays a leadership role in Oregon Opportunity Network. He has directed projects in both the Interstate and Lents Urban Renewal Areas. Jesse was also involved in Operation HOME, the city initiative to close the homeownership gap among communities of color.

Photo of Andrew ColasAndrew Colas

Andrew Colas is a principal in Colas Construction, 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.

Photo of Elisa Harrigan

Elisa Harrigan

Elisa Harrigan is the Executive Director of the Community Alliance of Tenants, a statewide, grassroots, tenant-controlled, tenant-rights organization that aims to educate, organize, and develop the leadership of low-income tenants to directly challenge unjust housing policies and practices. As a participant of PHB’s downpayment program for first-time homebuyers, Elisa is a staunch advocate for homeownership, particularly among communities of color. She also serves on the Fair Housing Advocacy Commission.

Photo of Deborah ImseDeborah Imse, Executive Committee

Deborah Imse is the Executive Director of Multifamily NW, and represents owners of larger multi-family properties. She recently served on Commissioner Nick Fish’s Section 8 Task Force.

Photo of Marc JolinMarc Jolin, Executive Committee

Marc Jolin is the Executive Director of JOIN, and a recipient of the Lowenstein award for his work on homeless issues. Marc is co-chair of the Coordinating Committee to End Homelessness (CCEH). He previously served on the Housing and Community Development Commission’s Evaluation sub-committee, the group that develops the local proposal for federal homeless funding.

Photo of Christine LauChristine Lau

Christine Lau is the Chief Operations Officer of the Asian Health and Service Center. A recognized leader in the Asian Pacific Islander community, she is actively involved in Multnomah County’s ground-breaking health equity initiative. She also participated in the City of Beaverton visioning process around the issues of public health, transportation, and housing and minority business contracting.

Carter MacNichol

Carter MacNichol is a principal in Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc., a local real estate development and project management firm. He has played a role in some unique in-fill projects, including the Madison Office Condominiums, Belmont Dairy, Belmont Dairy Rowhouses, Museum Place and the Hollywood Library/ Bookmark Apartments. He also currently serves as the project manager of construction for the Portland Streetcar project.

Photo of Carmen RubioCarmen Rubio

Carmen Rubio is the Executive Director of the Latino Network, a nonprofit focused on the issues of low-income Latinos. During her tenure as Senior Policy Advisor to Commissioner Fish, she worked on policy areas around homelessness, public safety, and minority contracting.


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 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.




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