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). *Meeting times are subject to change, please refer the the CBA Facebook event calendar for meeting time and location
Eron Riddle, Cully Blvd Alliance District Manager
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 under served 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
In Memoriam: Gary Guzman, Owner at East Side Motorcycle – Committee Emeritus
Gary was a long time business member of the Cully Community as owner of East Side Motorcycle until his passing in 2019. Gary was a homeowner in the Alberta neighborhood and saw first hand the negative effects that gentrification and displacement had on low income communities of color. Because of this Gary provided the CBA with great wisdom and incite while always advocating for projects that best served those in Cully currently facing similar challenges. The CBA is forever grateful for Gary’s service and will continue on our work in his honor.