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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

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

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 Health Housing and Multnomah County Health Department. She also serves on Health Share’s advisory council, Portland Commission on Disabilities and Multnomah County Mental Health and Addictions advisory council.

Andrew 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.

Bill Gentile

Bill Gentile is the current Chair of the Elders In Action Commission. Elders in Action is an innovative non-profit & powerful voice for older adults, working to create a vibrant community for all ages throughout the greater Portland area. Bill has served on the last Charter Commission and currently serves on the Public Involvement Advisory Council (PIAC). Bill is a member of the Multi-Ethnic Advisory Committee. He earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration.

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 of 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.

Dike Dame

Dike Dame is President of Williams & Dame Development, 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 Affairs 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

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.

Rey 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.

Sarah 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.

Tom Brenneke

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

Wayne Miya is the Executive Director of Our House, 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.