The Steering Committee is a volunteer group. It includes Admin Staff and members of our partner organization, NAYA. You are welcome to join us at Committee meetings which are typically held the last Friday of each month from 9-10: 30 am at the Hacienda CDC offices (at the corner of Cully Blvd and Killingsworth, 6700 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97218).
Eron Riddle, District Manager at Cully Blvd Alliance
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 a ten-year-old daughter. He looks forward to growing the already strong relationships he has within the Cully community and is excited about supporting its small business owners in a similar capacity.
Board Chair: John Wasiutynski, Office of Sustainability Director at Multnomah County
John Wasiutynski is the Multnomah County Office of Sustainability Director. The Office of Sustainability works with County Departments and the community to promote programs and policies that lead to a more equitable, prosperous, and environmentally sound Multnomah County. Under John’s leadership the Office of Sustainability has updated the joint City of Portland and Multnomah County Climate Action Plan, launched a clean energy finance program called PropertyFit Oregon, advocated for stronger air quality regulations, and worked with the Board of County Commissioners to set the ambitious goal of transitioning the County to 100% renewable energy by 2050.
Prior to John’s current role as Director, he served as a Senior Policy Analyst and Resource Conservation Coordinator for Multnomah County. John has also worked as a watershed planner for the city of Washington DC, and cleaning and greening community gardens in underserved neighborhoods in New York City with the New York Restoration Project. He has his Bachelors of Science from Fordham University and a Master’s of Public Administration from American University. John, his partner Lara and one-year-old son live in NE Portland. John and Lara are both active members of their community. John is the advisory committee chair for the Cully Boulevard Alliance, a neighborhood prosperity project sponsored by Prosper Portland, and former treasurer for the Cully Neighborhood Association.
Oscar Arana, Community Development Director at NAYA
Oscar Arana has 10+ years of experience working in Portland’s premier, culturally-specific nonprofit organizations overseeing education and economic development programs, as well as raising restricted and unrestricted funds. He is currently the Community Development Director at the Native American Youth and Family Center, where he previously served as the Development and Communications Director and Education Manager. As the Director of Community Development, he oversees small business technical assistance programs, community engagement, leadership development, homeownership, affordable housing services, and other asset building programs.
Oscar has also worked for Oregon’s Senior US Senator Ron Wyden as his Multnomah County Field Director, and as the President of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Oscar was a television news producer in Central Washington and a print reporter in Mexico City at the Associated Press. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s Executive MBA program and Journalism School and is currently a member of the UO Alumni Association Board. Oscar is also a member of the Bridge Meadows board and was appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the Oregon Health Policy Board in 2016.
Loretta Guzman, Owner at Bison Cafe
Longtime Cully Community Member and Owner of Bison Café
Nancy Le, Owner at 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 is an advocator 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
Tonda McFerrian, Owner at Tondalayera Designers Salon
Longtime Cully neighborhood resident and business owner of Todalayera Designers Salon.
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 homebuyers 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.
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.
Taren Evans, Neighborhood Revitalization Manager at Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East
Taren Evans serves as 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.
Rey España, retired (former Community Economic Director at NAYA) – Committee Emeritus
Rey España, NAYA, retired (2017), is the former Community Economic Director for NAYA Family Center, has over 43 years of experience in community development projects including affordable housing acquisitions and development, neighborhood economic development initiatives, education, and mitigation of displacement through home repair and weatherization of low-income housing. He was also the lead on NAYA’s prosperity and wealth creation initiative focusing on innovative social enterprise development. Mr. España served as the Project Lead for the NAYA Family Center on the NAYA Generations Project a 40 unit inter-generational housing project that opened in January 2017. Upon his arrival at the NAYA Family Center in 2004, he began work on developing the foundation for an educational program to address the abysmal rate of Native American and other children of color dropouts within the greater Portland metropolitan area. In September 2007, NAYA Family Center opened the NAYA Early College Academy serving grades 9-12; and to date, we have graduated over 200 youth and continues to provide a culturally relevant education to over 100 youth annually. Since 2006, under Mr. España’s guidance, his team directly assists community members in housing counseling and financial wellness; over 150 families/individuals have worked with our team to become successful homeowners. In February 2008, Mr. España negotiated the acquisition of 44 units of affordable housing for the urban Native community. Additionally, under Mr. España’s leadership, the Kah San Chako Haws (east house) project in Lents was developed bringing innovative technology modular construction to provide low-income affordable multi-family housing to Oregon leasing nine units to community members in April 2013.
Mr. España was an active leader and advocate in the City’s Neighborhood Economic Development policy arena that led to the creation and implementation of the neighborhood prosperity initiative. He strongly endorsed neighborhood economic development that is firmly based on progressive social justice values and principles, through equity-based economic opportunity and strategies. He is a founding member of the Cully Boulevard Alliance. He additionally has served on the City’s neighborhood economic development leadership group. He was the primary driver in growing the capacity of the organization and developing long-term assets, employment and training, small business-micro enterprise development programming, and opportunities for the urban Native community, communities of color and low-income community members through neighborhood community-driven initiatives.
Tony DeFalco, Deputy Director at Verde – Committee Emeritus
Tony DeFalco is Deputy Director at Verde, a Portland, Oregon-based non-profit working to build environmental wealth in low-income communities. His expertise in community economic development, environmental protection and sustainability spans 20 years of working locally and nationally in environmental advocacy, coalition building and policy advocacy. Current efforts include redevelopment of a 25-acre landfill into a park, leading Living Cully, a collaborative anti-displacement effort designed to reinterpret sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy and operation of commercial landscaping and general contractor social enterprises. He is a founding board member of the Center for Diversity and the Environment and serves as a trustee of Earthjustice. He also serves on the Port of Portland’s Citizen Advisory Committee and the Portland Development Commission’s Neighborhood Economic Development Council. Tony holds a master’s degree in Natural Resources Planning from Humboldt State University and a bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Tony is an avid birdwatcher and leads Feathers of Color, a birding group for people of color. He lives in Portland with his partner Molly.
Gary Guzman, Owner at East Side Motorcycle – Committee Emeritus
Longtime Cully Community Member and owner of East Side Motorcycle