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Class 41 Biographies

 

Kaberi Banerjee Murthy

Chief Impact Officer, Meyer Memorial Trust, Portland

Kaberi Banerjee Murthy is the Chief Impact Officer at Meyer Memorial Trust, responsible for all of the mission-focused work: the development of its long term strategy, oversight of grantmaking, programs and advocacy, and the implementation of values aligned evaluation. Her top priority is to bring an anti-racist, intersectional feminist lens to the work, which centers community voice and shifts power. Kaberi entered into the philanthropic sector in 2000 as a way to advance social justice and systems-level change and has worked in philanthropy at local, regional and national levels. Kaberi is on the National Board of Neighborhood Funders Group and Philanthropy Northwest. Kaberi also serves on the Board of the Portland Art Museum. She graduated manga cum laude from Carleton College with a B.A. in History and Women's Studies and an Ed.M. from Harvard University focusing on issues of access and equity for students of color. She lives in Portland with her husband and two sons. 

 

 

Mika Barrett

Accessibility Project Manager, Friends of Columbia Gorge, Vancouver

Mika Barrett (she/her) strives to create vibrant communities and a healthy planet through a relationship-centered approach. Her professional work focuses on reimagining recreation and land use planning to improve access to nature for underserved communities. Prior to shifting into the environmental nonprofit sector, Mika was a human resources manager for a Fortune 50 company and a business management consultant. Her unique blend of experience in nonprofit management, business administration and environmental conservation springboards the ability to organize people and programs for sustainable results.

Mika volunteers in a variety of leadership roles to increase access, inclusion, and representation in the outdoors for marginalized communities—including shaping recreation policies with the State of Oregon’s Roadmap to the Outdoors initiative. She's also a founding Oregon State Park Explorer Series committee member, Center for Diversity & the Environment leadership cohort member, and served as Friends of the Columbia Gorge’s inaugural Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Committee chair.

 

René Brandon

Director, Southern Oregon Early Learning Services Hub, Medford

René Brandon was born in Oregon and has lived in many parts of this beautiful state. She has resided in southern Oregon since 1999 and raised her three fantastic children here and currently has five grandchildren as well!  René has been the Director of the Southern Oregon Early Learning hub for six years and was the Director of Youth and Family Programs for the region’s workforce board prior to that. She is a first-generation college graduate with a B.S. in Public Health. Her passion for children and families stems from her own childhood challenges and she believes strongly that investing in the entire family unit increases the likelihood that family protective factors are increased, that risk factors are mitigated, and that children will thrive. When René isn’t working to improve the early learning system in southern Oregon, she can be found on a hiking trail somewhere enjoying all that our state has to offer.

 

Tony Camacho Martinez

Program Director, p:ear, Portland

Antonio "Tony" Camacho Martinez (He / Him), is a queer cis male of Puerto Rican and Taino descent, and currently serves as the Program Director at p:ear, an organization in Portland, Oregon that creatively mentors homeless youth, ages 15-25, through education, art, and recreation. Tony provides essential services to youth experiencing homelessness while leading the development and implementation of p:ear’s programs to accessible spaces for youth to build community, offer support, and create opportunities for exploration and personal growth. After earning a BA from Valparaiso University, he moved to Portland in 2007 from Indiana to serve as an AmeriCorps member as the Development Coordinator at Impact NW, beginning his now 15-year career empowering underserved youth in Multnomah County. Over the years, Tony has mentored, advocated for, and helped youth maneuver systems as a Social Services Navigator at a pediatric clinic, and as a Youth Advocate and Career Skills Coach at NAYA Youth and Family Center.  Tony is a graduate of the Conflict Resolution program at Portland State University, earning a graduate degree in Conflict Resolution, and certificates in interpersonal neurobiology, as well as youth and family counseling. Tony uses his degree in helping others move through conflict via conflict coaching, workshop facilitation, and mediation, with a focus on advancing equity and promoting cross-cultural education.

 

Michael Cherry

Tribal Councilwoman, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Salem

Michael Cherry was born and raised in Oregon and is a proud member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde where she began her career in Indian Child Welfare in 1990. Most recently she worked for the Spirit Mountain Community Fund as the Executive Director and prior to that served as the Spirit Mountain Casino as a Marketing Manager from 2009 to 2017. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and is studying for her Master’s degree. She is happily married with 5 children, three grandsons & a granddaughter residing in Salem, Oregon. Michael feels honored to be serving in her role as an elected official of Tribal Council for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. 

 

Ian Davie

Deputy Executive Director, Home Forward, Portland

Ian Davie is Deputy Executive Director at Home Forward where he works with teams deploying housing services in pursuit of anti-racist policies and outcomes. At Home Forward, Ian supports various departments including rent assistance, homelessness initiatives, property management, and safety. Ian’s work is informed by an upbringing in rural Oregon, college in Los Angeles, and a dozen years of real-life education in New York City. During those years, his focus on tenant rights, eviction prevention, housing system reform, and anti-racism policy work expanded as a poverty law attorney and Deputy Director of Housing at Bronx Legal Services. Ian and his partner returned to Oregon in 2016, welcomed babies in 2018 and 2019, and still sneak in bike rides, jogs, and scooter parties under the supervision and direction of two little ones.

 

Rachel Dibble

Vice President of Bulk Marketing, Bonneville Power Administration, Portland 

Rachel Dibble is currently serving as Acting Vice President of Bulk Marketing for the Bonneville Power Administration. Her career is focused on public service in the public power community working on energy policy issues. Prior to moving to Bonneville in 2008, she worked at Salt River Project in Arizona since 1996. She has worked as a regulatory and policy analyst and held several management positions in Contract Administration, Transmission Marketing and Sales, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Strategy. She has led several large public processes for Bonneville that included extensive collaboration with customers/stakeholders to successfully negotiate changes to our Open Access Transmission Tariff and complete our recent decisions to join the Western Energy Imbalance Market and the Western Resource Adequacy Program.

She was born and raised outside of Anchorage, Alaska and graduated from Westmont College with a Bachelors in Economics and Business and has a MBA from Arizona State University. She is married with two children and lives in Portland, Oregon. Her son attends Portland Community College and her daughter is a senior in high school and will attend Colorado State University in Fall 2022.

 

Humaira Falkenberg

Power Resource Manager, Public Utility District No. 2 of Pacific County Washington, Ilwaco, WA

Humaira Falkenberg is the Power Resources Manager for Pacific Public Utility. She serves on the Executive Board of Public Power Council and is the Vice-Chair of Northwest River Partners. She is committed to an energy future that is clean, affordable and reliable for all. 

She also serves on the PSIA-AASI NW Board of Directors and is an Inclusion coach for Taos Ski Valley and Mt. Hood Meadows. Her motto is “when you invest in me, I invest in others.”

 

Amber Kern-Johnson

Executive Director, Hollywood Senior Center, Portland

Born in Southern Oregon and raised in Northern California, Amber has proudly called Portland home for the last 18 years. Amber is a strategic mission-driven leader with more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector with extensive experience in fundraising, community outreach, public speaking, strategic planning, advocacy, fiscal management, board relations, volunteer recruitment, innovation and program design. She has served as the Executive Director of the Hollywood Senior Center (dba Community for Positive Aging) since 2010. Prior to her current position, she served the the Executive Director of the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation.  She has a BA in Community Studies and a degree in Sociology a certificate in the Fundamentals of Gerontology, a Joint Certificate Program presented by The American Society on Aging and the USC Davis School of Gerontology. She is mom to two teenage boys. She enjoys traveling, reading, kayaking and spending time with her family and friends.

 

 

Jenny Lee

Deputy Director, Coalition for Communities of Color, Portland

Jenny Lee is the Deputy Director at the Coalition of Communities of Color, where she supports the organization's programs and strategic initiatives. She previously served as CCC's Advocacy Director from 2017-2019 and then as Advocacy Director at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) before returning to CCC as Deputy Director. Jenny has dedicated her career to racial, social, and economic justice. She also serves as the Managing Director at Building Power for Communities of Color, the 501(c)(4) affiliate organization of CCC.

Jenny has had a wide range of professional roles and experiences from serving as the Housing Policy Director at Neighborhood Partnerships to Public Policy Director for the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice in Honolulu. In those positions, Jenny employed a range of advocacy strategies, including legislative and electoral advocacy, organizing, communications, and litigation on a wide variety of social and economic justice issues. Jenny grew up in suburban Washington County and lives in Southeast Portland. Her background also includes work in disability rights, domestic violence and family law, and mediation, as well as a year serving as an AmeriCorps member at a SUN School in the Jade District in Portland. 

Additional roles in service of community include serving as a member of the Portland Elections Commission, the co-chair of the Metro Affordable Housing Bond Oversight Committee, a member of the Metro Supportive Housing Services Oversight Committee, and a board member at the Oregon Center for Public Policy. Jenny holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, French, and political science from the University of Oregon.

 

Traci Manning

Executive Director, Housing Development Center, Hood River

Traci Manning is the Executive Director of the Housing Development Center, a nonprofit development and asset management consulting firm providing development services, training, and policy advocacy, and specializing in the development of affordable housing and nonprofit facilities in Oregon. Previously, Traci was the Director of the City of Portland’s Housing Bureau (PHB). Working under the direction of City Council, PHB is charged with solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland. Upon leaving the City of Portland, she owned and operated a consulting business focusing on affordable housing and homelessness with clients including Meyer Memorial Trust, Hacienda CDC, and BRIDGE Housing. She was also the co-owner with her husband of the Gorgeous Series, operating running events throughout the State of Oregon. Prior to PHB, Traci worked at Central City Concern for 18 years, starting as the receptionist, and leaving as the Chief Operating Officer. 

Her volunteer activities have included Board Chair of the Portland Farmers Market, Co-Founder/Co-Chair of Farmers Market Fund, Chair of the Mazamas Executive Council and assisting the Mazamas’ climbing education programming. She is a Portland native and University of Oregon graduate with a BA in Planning, Public Policy and Management and a graduate of the NeighborWork’s Achieving Excellence program at Harvard’s Kennedy School.  She enjoys running, hiking, climbing, reading, and traveling with her husband and their dog Bodhi in their new home in Hood River, Oregon and spending time with family and friends in Portland, Oregon.

 

Erica Mills

CEO, NeighborWorks Umpqua, Roseburg

Erica Mills is Chief Executive Officer of NeighborWorks Umpqua, a non-profit Community Development Corporation serving Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson and Josephine Counties of Southwestern Oregon.  With a background in Public Health and mortgage lending, Erica began working for NeighborWorks Umpqua in January 2019 and was promoted to CEO in September of 2021.  Since the early days of her career, Erica has been passionate about improving accessibility and quality of empowerment services to rural residents.  Housing is a foundational element in building stability and resilience.  The convergence of Affordable Housing development and Social Services within NeighborWorks Umpqua helps strengthen the community from the ground up.  Erica lives in Roseburg with her husband and three young children.  Her husband, RJ, is the owner/brewmaster of North Forty Beer Company in downtown Roseburg.

 


Charles Milne

Director of Development, Audubon Society of Portland, Portland

Charles’ 19-year career started with his founding and leading of the LGBT Resource Center at the University of Utah. At Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette, Charles was manager of a $1.5 million annual giving program. Prior to working at Portland Audubon, Charles served as Director of Development for Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest, where he developed and implemented an expansive development plan incorporating many of the investments and best practices of fundraising, including expanded foundation support, and the use of data and metrics to improve effectiveness and accountability. An avid hiker from Utah, Charles is passionate about improving the quality of life for all through connections with nature and removing barriers to reach all communities. He is also an experienced advocate and public speaker, who has championed important causes in challenging environments. 

 

Estéban Montero Chacon

Energy Services Director, Homes for Good, Lane County

Esteban joined Homes for Good in October 2020. Since then, he has been enhancing existing partnerships with local and regional utilities, expanding community connections, and helping low-income residents be more comfortable while supporting a healthier and more sustainable environment for all.

After working as an English-Spanish medical interpreter for over a decade, he went back to school to pursue a career he feels would be more rewarding and have more positive impact in the community. He recently received his Energy Management Degree from Lane Community College, Eugene. 

Esteban also had the opportunity to work as the Assistant Community Liaison Officer for the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica where he coordinated with several groups of volunteers and community members.

  

Rhonda Nyseth

Social Service Emergency Liason for Region 7, Oregon Department of Human Services- Office of Resilience and Emergency Management, Klamath Falls

Rhonda was born and raised in the Klamath Basin. Upon completion of her degree on Corrections Rhonda went on work for the State of Oregon in several capacities over her 20 year career with the state.  After being gone for 15 years Rhonda returned to the Klamath Basin and has worked for in numerous capacities in serving families that need additional supports to be successful and thriving.  In her personal time Rhonda is a member of the Merrill Lions Club and enjoys community service and fundraising.  When asked why she chose the  Lion Rhonda lets folks know that when she was a child the Lions were gracious enough to provide glasses for  her as a child when her parents could not and they gave her a college scholarship. Rhonda works hard to better the lives of children in Klamath Basin because as a child growing up in poverty, if the Klamath Basin had not supported her college aspirations with scholarships from the Moore Family, Klamath Rotary, Malin Cech Lodge, Merrill Lions Club and the Merle West Foundation she would not have been able to pursue her education goals and would not be the person she is today.     

 

Jenny Pool Radway

Executive Director, Causa Oregon, Warrenton

Born and raised in Costa Rica, Jenny is a proud Tica who immigrated to the United States as a teenager. She attended Ripon College where she graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish and a minor in Classical Studies. After that, just to shake things up, she earned a Master’s Degree in Human Services and a Master’s Degree in Latin American Economics and Politics from the Universidad de Salamanca. 

Jenny has been working in the non-profit field for more than 18 years, and has a great deal of experience in designing and executing programs for international and national organizations that primarily focus on dismantling systemic and institutional inequity. 

In her free time, Jenny enjoys laughing, spending time with her family which includes a sweet and energetic Lab mix named Noche, and a clingy attack cat named Mao; cooking, going on adventures of all sorts, and learning/trying new things. She spends a lot of her time chauffeuring the children that constantly try to eat her out of house and home.

 

CeCe Ridder

Public Engagement Division Manager, City of Beaverton, Beaverton

CeCe Ridder, PhD is the Division Manager for Public Engagement  at The City of Beaverton. She has oversight of marketing, arts, events, cultural inclusion, community services, neighborhoods and mediation. 

Prior to the City of Beaverton, CeCe worked at Portland State University as Assistant Vice President of Student Access and Success for seven years; and The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. She received her doctorate from UT in 2012. 

CeCe is also a community herbalist, is passionate about equity, and owns a consulting firm, Ridder & Associates, specializing in organizational development/consulting, training and DEI.  

 

Lisa Steenson

Resource Development Director, Bridge Meadows, Portland

Lisa Steenson serves as the Development Director for Bridge Meadows, which provides intergenerational affordable housing for foster youth, parents and elders. In this role, she serves on the leadership team to expand the housing model across the state of Oregon. Recent success includes opening a new community in Redmond Oregon, now home to 80 residents. Her role includes conducting feasibility studies, community needs assessments, focus groups with stakeholders, and developing capital campaigns. Lisa has also served in a variety of nonprofit leadership roles in her 15 years of experience which include; Associate Executive Director of the University YMCA in Seattle, Executive Director of The NOAH Center, and Capital Campaign Officer for Community Vision. She also instructs yoga, senior fitness classes, and other wellness programs. She received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Oregon State University. She holds a variety of memberships and involvement in the following organizations; Willamette Valley Development Officers, Association of Fundraising Professionals, NW Planned Giving Association, Nonprofit Association of Oregon, Kappa Alpha Theta Alumni Association, and the OSU Alumni Association. She is currently pursuing her certificate in Organizational Development at Portland State University.

 

Kathy Swift

Senior Vice President - Nonprofit Development Officer, Heritage Bank, Portland

Kathy Swift has over 30 years of banking experience, working for the last 15 years in the nonprofit and affordable housing specialized lending areas.  She has a passion for her work and for the missions of her clients, namely providing housing, social safety net services, health care, and education to the more vulnerable of our community.  Her volunteerism began as a child attending her parish school in Minnesota, and it continued through grade school to the present.  Kathy moved to Portland in 1991, and has proudly raised her son to also have a passion for service to others.  She has had leadership roles on several boards including:  the Risk Management Association of Oregon, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, Catholic Charities of Oregon, The Parish Trust Fund, Portland Community Reinvestment Initiative, and El Programa Hispano. 

 Her education includes a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Carleton College in Minnesota, and a Masters in Management – Finance & Accounting Majors from Northwestern University in Illinois.  Her career has included working in commercial lending, corporate finance, and portfolio risk analysis.  Balancing out the numbers oriented jobs she has had, Kathy flourishes with an active creative streak, using her free time to do fabric arts, knitting, quilting, painting, and gardening.  Some of her projects have been donated to auctions and galas for the nonprofits she supports, raising thousands of dollars for the organizations.

 

Winta Yohannes

Executive Director, Albina Vision Trust, Portland

(Bio Coming Soon!)

 

Erin Zollenkopf

CEO, Susan Matlack Jones and Associates LLC, Portland

Erin is the CEO of Susan Matlack Jones & Associates (SMJ), a bookkeeping firm specializing in not-for-profit accounting that works with over 120 Oregon and Washington nonprofits. Erin serves as the Board Chair for ninety-nine girlfriends, a collective women’s giving circle, and is on the board of the Oregon Historical Society. She is also a member of the public advisory board for Portland Parks & Recreation. Erin speaks and leads workshops in her field, including a workshop series through Regional Arts & Culture Council called DIY Accounting for Small Arts Nonprofits. Besides accounting, Erin enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, playing piano and mandolin, and adventuring outdoors.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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