Portland Housing Bureau is pleased to announce that Javier Mena accepted the position of Assistant Housing Director and will begin immediately.
Javier brings unique private/public sector background and on-the-job experience to this position. He served as PHB’s interim Assistant Housing Director since August.
Since joining PHB in July 2010, Javier contributed to the Bureau as the Asset Manager. He brought leadership to his team and oversaw a streamlining of processes, resulting in more efficiency.
In his new role, Javier will continue to strengthen relationships with our partners, contribute to our Equity Agenda and continue to merge our Bureau’s objectives to better serve our partners and leverage resources.
“Javier will move us aggressively toward further integration so that we offer greater service to our partners, so our rental housing is ending homelessness and our homeownership programs are working with people currently in our housing portfolio,” said Traci Manning, PHB Director.
Originally from Ecuador, Javier holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Portland State University. He has a 14-year background in the financial industry. In 2006, Javier ventured into the public sector as a Program Coordinator for Portland Development Commissioner’s Neighborhood Housing Program. There, he focused on closing the minority homeownership gap.
Javier’s passion for this work stems from a belief that Portland can be a diverse, thriving City that creates opportunities for all of its people.