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Dana has worked in housing and lending for more than 15 years, with a focus on addressing historic barriers to homeownership among minorities and narrowing the homeownership gap in Portland and surrounding areas. Before she joined the Portland Housing Bureau in January 2015, Dana worked at the Portland Housing Center, where she lead a program that empowers minorities to increase their financial security through financial fitness courses.
"I have been fortunate to see firsthand how the opportunity for stable homeownership can transform lives and communities. Helping Portlanders work to overcome barriers and go on to achieve the security of owning their own home has been hugely rewarding. By narrowing the homeownership gap, we build stronger neighborhoods and a stronger city for everyone. I'm excited to bring my experience in this field to support the Housing Bureau’s mission of solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland and assuring equitable access to healthy neighborhoods, and safe, stable housing."
“I’m delighted to participate in PHB's effort to engage our partners and stakeholders to create the strong, vibrant community we all envision. I am looking forward to having those conversations around housing barriers and opportunities together,” says Michelle, who joined the Housing Bureau this month. Michelle will help shape bureau policy through deepened community engagement work.
Michelle brings a focus on equity to her role and says her vision of a sustainable community is one that is inclusive and welcoming to all, and "ensures that the benefits and burdens of growth are equally shared among the members of our community."
Michelle studied Community Development at Portland State University and Sustainable Business at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. She joins the Housing Bureau most recently from Metro, where she developed and presented policy trainings, and managed the Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business program.
She calls herself a proud Portland native who has lived in Caracas, Guadalajara, Los Angeles, and Washington DC.
As an architectural professional, Bobby has almost 20 years of construction related experience. He has managed and designed residential, commercial, institutional, mixed-use, and educational projects throughout city. Most recently, Bobby oversaw the completion of numerous capital improvement projects for Portland Public Schools and Oregon Health & Science University.
A first generation Portlander, Bobby received his Architecture degree from PSU with aspirations to influence the revitalization of the city’s underserved communities.
"At the heart of the architectural profession is the innate desire to shelter us all. To that end, the Portland Housing Bureau is engaged in solving the city’s housing affordability challenge. Can you imagine a Portland where everyone, regardless of socio-economics, is given the opportunity to live in a healthy, safe, stable home within their means? Well, I can’t imagine not being a part of the team that makes that happen."
Please join us in welcoming Dana, Michelle, and Bobby to the team!