Shannon Singleton - Executive Committee
Shannon Singleton received her undergraduate degree from Temple University; an education steeped in social justice values. In Philadelphia she worked with the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, learning the importance of centering the voice of people experiencing poverty and homelessness as well as how to participate in grassroots organizing. Shannon’s social work journey continued to Taos, NM where she worked to end sexual and dating violence and then to Los Angeles, CA where she worked to support young men in a group home. Her path eventually led her here to Portland, where she earned her Master of Social Work Degree from Portland State University. In addition to pursuing her degree, Shannon worked as the Director at Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter, Program Manager at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, and Program Coordinator at the Portland Housing Bureau. Shannon has been the Executive Director of JOIN since May 2015; she serves on the Welcome Home Coalition Steering Committee and as co-chair of the Home for Everyone Coordinating Board. She also served on the Executive Committee of the historic Yes for Affordable Homes Campaign.
Cameron Herrington is a community organizer and policy advocate working on housing issues for Living Cully. He has significant experience in housing policy at the city and state levels. Cameron has developed specific expertise in the areas of manufactured housing, community-controlled housing (land trusts and co-ops), and tenant protections. He is a Master of Urban Studies student at Portland State University with extensive study in community land trusts, cooperatives, land-banking and other community-ownership models, as well as the history of Portland’s housing market, housing policy, and urban renewal practices. Cameron researches affordable housing policies being used by jurisdictions around the country, and hopes to bring this knowledge to bear on Portland's policy making.
As a renter living in North Portland (in the Interstate Urban Renewal Area), and as a former employee of Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Cameron has experience and knowledge of the history and current dynamics of inner N/NE Portland, including the ongoing experience of gentrification and the mass displacement of the Black community. As an employee of Living Cully, Cameron has gained first-hand expertise about the housing challenges faced by low-income renters, homeowners and manufactured housing residents in the Cully neighborhood. As a lead organizer of the Anti-Displacement PDX Coalition, he works closely with affordable housing providers, culturally specific community-based organizations, and land use advocates citywide.
Maxine Fitzpatrick is the Executive Director/CEO of Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. (PCRI), a community development corporation specializing the development and management of affordable housing. Maxine became the first executive director of PCRI in 1993, relocating to Portland from the Midwest where she also developed and managed affordable housing. A longtime affordable housing and community advocate, Maxine has earned an Equal Opportunity Award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for her efforts to further Fair Housing and is a past board member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle. She currently serves on the Development Review Advisory Committee for the Bureau of Development Services, Portland Public School District Wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee, and the Metro Policy Advisory Committee.
Nate McCoy is the Executive Director, Operations Manager and Spokesperson for the National Association of Minority Contractors – Oregon Chapter (NAMC-Oregon). NAMC-Oregon is the local affiliate of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC), a trade association founded in 1969 to address the needs of minority contractors through advocacy. Nate is responsible for building programs that advance the organization’s mission, as well as resource development and streamlining operations to maximize the use of resources for efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to joining NAMC-Oregon, Nate spent seven years as a Senior Construction Coordinator for both the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) and Portland Development Commission (PDC). As a longtime proponent of equity in contracting, Nate led the housing bureau’s Minority, Women, and Emerging Small Business (MWESB) outreach and contracting initiatives during his tenure there and was actively involved in program development related to equity and contracting opportunities bureau-wide. With a focus on transparency and accountability related to MWESB contracting goals, Nate assisted the City’s Procurement Office in the development of data collection and reporting on contracting in PHB-funded projects.
Lawrence Ramsay Weit
Lawrence Ramsay Weit attended Georgetown Law Center and practiced as a Legal Aid attorney in Portland for 12 years, with expertise in consumer protection, class action litigation on entitlements, and appellate practice before Oregon Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Ramsay was also executive Director of the Community Housing Fund in Beaverton for 13 years, providing financing for the development of affordable housing by non-profits in Washington County, advocating for and helping to create progressive housing policy in local jurisdictions, and capitalizing a revolving loan fund from public and private sources. Ramsay has also served as staff to Mayor Vera Katz and several County Commissioners as well as Chief of Staff to City Commissioner Gretchen Kafoury. Ramsay is currently retired from full-time employment but currently serving as an affordable housing representative at Metro’s Technical Advisory Committee as well as board member to the Health Share of Oregon, the Housing Development Center, the Southwest Corridor Equitable Housing Committee, the Beaverton Equitable Housing Task Force, the Housing Oregon Policy Councils, the Oregon Housing Alliance and the Oregon Planning Association Policy Committee.
Ramsay’s hobbies include gardening, cycling and kayaking, reading the New Yorker and has a passion for long-distance hiking in Scotland, Ireland and France. His ongoing challenge is defining retirement when there’s so much still to be done!
Ed McNamara has over 45 years of experience in construction, real-estate development, and community development while working in the private sector, public sector, and the philanthropic and non-profit sector. Some of Ed’s experience includes: Principal of Turtle Island Construction, a framing contractor and general contractor, Executive Director of REACH Community Development, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Partnership Fund, an initiative to help grow CDCs in Portland neighborhoods, Director of Development for Prendergast & Associates, the company that bought the 40 acres of old railroad yards that became the heart of the Pearl District, Director of Development for the Housing Authority of Portland in charge of the transforming Columbia Villa into New Columbia, and Principal of Turtle Island Development LLC, the developer of the Sitka Apartments and the Ramona Apartments. Ed currently serves on the Board of Directors of BRIDGE Housing, Inc.
Diane Linn has been Proud Ground’s Executive Director since December 2013. She has served as Director of Ritter Center, in Marin County serving the low income and homeless community. She is the former Multnomah County Chair (2001 – 2007) and was a jurisdictional leader in the development of the 10-year Plan to End Homelessness. She was elected Commissioner (District 1) in 1998. She has focused on affordable housing and homeownership, and services to the community’s most vulnerable. Diane served Director of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement for the City of Portland and the Executive Director of Oregon NARAL. She is a Portland native, (Buckman neighborhood), raised her two children in Sellwood and currently lives in Concordia.
Hannah Holloway is a Policy Specialist at the Urban League of Portland. She is part of an advocacy team that develops policy for the economic empowerment and well-being of Oregonians of color. She specializes in housing, education, workforce, and environmental policy. Prior to joining the Urban League, Hannah developed a commitment to community-based solutions while working in urban planning offices, equitable land-conservation nonprofits, and gender equity advocacy groups. Since 2017, Hannah has served as a board member for Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH), a nonprofit affordable housing developer in the Portland Metro area. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Environmental Studies and Planning, Public Policy, and Management from the University of Oregon.