The Steering Committee is a volunteer group and we welcome community participation. The public is welcome to attend our bi-monthly steering committee meetings and provide public comment during its allotted time on the agenda, see events calendar for date, time, and location.
Our most recent steering committee meeting minutes can be found here.
District Manager: Eron Riddle, Cully Blvd Alliance Staff
As a long time NAYA Community Development staff member, Eron Riddle has been serving the Cully Community in one form or another for almost a decade. He started at NAYA in late 2009 as an employment specialist, then transitioned to a charter member of both the Green Careers Training Project and the DHS based Community Works Program from 2010-2014, and most recently managed the Cully WX 2.0 anti-displacement and home repair project. During this time he has built strong working relationships with many community-based agencies, including Multnomah County, Work Systems Inc, Prosper Portland, Meyer Memorial Trust, and the department of human services. He has also had the opportunity to serve on 2 neighborhood advisory boards, VERDE Energy and the Living Cully Energy Plan. Eron was raised in St. Ignatius, Montana and is married with one daughter.
CBA Steering Committee Chair: Jaime Painter, Owner Painter Public Affairs & Licensed Realtor, THINK Real Estate LLC
Jamie Painter is a Northwest native with a passion for design, sustainability and building community. Jamie moved to Cully the neighborhood to attend Portland State University, where she graduated with a degree in Arts and Letters. Her experience navigating Oregon’s political landscape as a lobbyist and environmental advocate over the past decade have made her a natural negotiator, strategic problem solver and excellent listener.
Treasurer: Sky Waters, Community Prosperity Manager at NAYA Family Center
NAYA serves as the Cully Blvd Alliance’s fiscal sponsor and as such it’s steering committee representative assumes the role of treasure and oversees the daily activities of the district manager. At NAYA, Sky manages NAYA Community Development’s community wealth building efforts. These programs are largely focused on supporting Portland’s Native American and Cully based residents. Prior to NAYA, Sky was a Research Associate on the Capital Markets Innovation team at Fisher Investments. Sky graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with BS in Economics. Outside of work, Sky enjoys Brazilian jiu-jitsu, playing basketball on 8-foot hoops and reading random books unrelated to business, economics, or investing (Current: The Gene).
Committee Member: Taren Evans, Environmental Justice Manager at the Coalition of Communities of Color
Taren Evans recently joined the Coalition of Communities of Color in a role which will expand the work she had done in the Cully community as the Neighborhood Revitalization Manager at Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East. She has a Masters degree in Urban Planning with a specialization in Community Development. She has experience both in the public and nonprofit sector, including several years working for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. For the past few years Taren has worked closely with residents and community partners in the Cully neighborhood on anti-displacement and community building efforts. In her spare time, Taren enjoys bike rides and hiking.
Committee Member: Anna Gordon, Community Programs Manager at Verde
Anna joined Verde in 2015 as the Communication and Outreach Coordinator for Living Cully, an innovative collaboration between four non-profit organizations, Habitat for Humanity Metro/East, Hacienda CDC, the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) and Verde that works to reinterpret sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy in NE Portland’s Cully Neighborhood. In 2017, Anna became Verde’s Community Programs Manager. Prior to joining Verde, Anna spent four years at Hacienda CDC providing culturally specific programming to youth and families. Anna lives and works in the Cully Neighborhood. She is thrilled to share her perspective around topics of community engagement and organizing, equity, livability and anti-displacement.
Committee Member: Loretta Guzman, Owner of Bison Cafe
Loretta is a 2nd Generation Cully Neighborhood business owner and her family has been an active part of the Cully community since the early 1980’s. Her business Bison Cafe is the only Native owned coffee shop in the Portland area and in April of 2019 it received the Mercatus Elevating Community Award from the City of Portland.
Committee Member: Justin Howe, Owner Howe Law Firm
Justin has practiced law since 2014 after graduating from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, OR. As owner of the Cully based Howe Law Firm, Justin has a passion for helping businesses and individuals navigate the complex federal and Oregon tax systems. He has assisted small businesses in the formation process, drafting contracts, and generally assisting those clients in many of the legal issues that businesses encounter on a daily basis. He has also successfully assisted nonprofit organizations through the 501(c)(3) application process. Outside of work, Justin enjoys playing rugby, snowboarding, hiking, and working in his garden.
Committee Member: Dana Ingram-Shepard, Housing Program Manager at City of Portland
Dana Ingram returned to the Cully Neighborhood 7 years ago after spending most of her childhood and young adult life in the area. Her professional experience in housing and city policy will enhance the boards ability to evaluate the Cully Neighborhood as a whole. Dana was also a driving force in the Cully WX 2.0 that utilized city and federal funds to support Cully Homeowners facing displacement.
Committee Member: Nancy Le, Owner Of Professional Auto Body & Paint Inc.
Nancy Le is a native Oregonian who is a proud Portland State University Alumni, PSU Diversity Scholar, Ford Family Foundation Scholar, and a volunteer at the Vietnamese Community of Oregon. Nancy holds a B.S. in Business Management and has a background in retail corporate from global supply chain, planning, buying and merchandising and has worked for Oregon based companies such as Pendleton Woolen Mills, Fred Meyer, and Nike. As of March 2018, Nancy and her partner, Anthony took ownership of Professional Auto Body & Paint Inc. which has been a family owned and operated business since 1997. Nancy is excited to bring her diverse experiences to the business and have goals to remodel and brand the shop. One of the early remodel projects that was started this summer was getting a new and high-security fence, which made possible through the CBA grant. In early 2018, Nancy joined the CBA Steering Committee because she to advocate for local small businesses and is passionate about helping the Cully neighborhood grow and prosper. In Nancy’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, two goats, trying new local food trucks, and cooking any type of food she craves. Follow Professional Auto Body & Paint Inc. on Instagram @PROPDX
Committee Member: Lluvia Merello, Owner Indigenous Come Up LLC
Lluvia has an extensive history in organizing in Oregon, as well as in New Orleans and Texas. A Portland State University graduate with a Social Work degree and is also the current business owner of Cully Based Indigenous Come Up LLC, Lluvia served on the Governor’s Oregon Child Foster Care Advisory Commission 2017-18. Her passions for organizing include social justice/social change, energy justice, prison reform and prisoners’ rights, foster care reform, public education and the school-to-prison pipeline, and culturally-specific services and opportunities. Lluvia believes that at the very least we all deserve a safe place to live, clean air to breathe and access to safe water. She has made a commitment to continue to work hard as a community leader for a stronger, cleaner, and better Cully for all.
Committee Member: Rose Ojeda, Director Housing Development at Hacienda CDC
Rose Ojeda has been actively involved in real estate development since early 1994, where she began her career developing/managing supportive housing for adults with a severe and persistent mental illness for Mt. Hood Community Mental Health Center. Eventually Mt. Hood CMHC merged into Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare in 2001, where she served as their Director of Housing Development. In 2005 she took a short year break away from the non-profit world to start a professional real estate business assisting individuals, investors, and non-profits buy and sell real estate. Rose especially enjoyed working with first time, Latino home-buyers and served as a volunteer in the early years of Hacienda’s Latino home buying fair. In 2008, Rose began work with CASA of Oregon where she helps to expand an innovative affordable housing program, the Manufactured Housing and Cooperative Development Program, an affiliate program of the national ROC USA® model. She also helped preserve existing Farm Labor and other affordable housing throughout rural Oregon. Rose brings more than 23 years in the real estate industry as developer, asset manager, and broker. She holds a BA from Linfield College and maintains an active real estate license in Oregon. She enjoys hiking and traveling across Oregon’s beautiful landscape, jewelry making, art, films, books, and relaxing with her husband and petting zoo of dogs.
Ex Officio: Tonda McFerrian, Owner of Tondalayera Designers
Tonda McFerrian opened the Tondalayera Designers Salon in 1980 and has been serving the African American and Cully Community ever since. The Tondalalayera is currently the oldest continuously ran business in the district and Tonda brings a wealth of institutional knowledge to the CBA. She graciously agreed to stay on with the CBA as an Ex Officio member after serving 8 years a a voting member.
In Memoriam: Gary Guzman, Owner at East Side Motorcycle – Committee Emeritus
Gary opened East Side Motorcycle on Cully Blvd in 1981, and was an active member of the business community for almost 4 decades. As a homeowner in the Alberta neighborhood he witnessed the negative effects that gentrification and involuntary displacement had on low income communities of color. Because of this Gary provided the CBA with great wisdom and insight advocating for projects that best served those in Cully that currently face similar challenges. Gary was an active and vocal member of the the CBA steering committee until his passing in 2019. We are forever grateful for Gary’s service.