Land Use Leadership Initiative: 2013 Cohort

1000 Friends is pleased to introduce the cohort for the second year of our Land Use Leadership Initiative.

Throughout the Spring and Summer of 2013, these 20 individuals will connect with established land use leaders and each other to learn about challenges and opportunities facing Oregon land use and transportation planning. Learn more about the Land Use Leadership Initiative here.

Joshua Baker

Joshua Baker currently serves as a Leadership Development Coordinator at Focus the Nation, a national clean energy non-profit based in Portland. In this role he supports teams of college students as they proceed through a multi-year energy program and engage their campus and community in developing local energy projects. A native of New York, Joshua grew up a rural dairy farm and attended Arcadia University in Pennsylvania before moving to Oregon.

Aaron Brown

Aaron Brown has been interested in land use planning since he completed an essay on the Urban Growth Boundary in fifth grade. Having grown up in Washington County, Aaron returned to Portland after graduating from Macalester College and has since worked at Metro, Groundwork Portland and The Intertwine Alliance. He spends his spare time on numerous stakeholder advisory committees for active transportation, collecting various Portland Timbers scarves, and wishing he was currently on the Oregon Coast.

Amber Collett

Amber Collett is a bicycling and urban advocate who lives in Portland, OR but spends a lot of time cycling in the Midwest. She loves growing and cooking food, knitting, and going on outdoor adventures. She works for Minneapolis-based Fourth Sector Consulting and tweets at @AmberCollett.

Terrence Coleman

Terrence Coleman hails from the Bronx, New York. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division and after that became an insurance agent and attended Mohawk Valley Community College and Skidmore College. He enjoys spending time with his son and two grandsons and frequently volunteers with OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Jobs with Justice and We Are Oregon.

Tony DeFalco

Tony DeFalco is the Living Cully Coordinator at Verde, coordinating the nation’s first equity driven eco-district designed to re-interpret sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy in Portland, OR. 

Victoria Demchak

Victoria Demchak grew up in Portland and worked in cooperative groceries and planning in New York State for several years. She now works with Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) researching health equity. Victoria lives with her husband and a growing collection of ferments, jams, and other preserves. She spends her free time walking/hiking, reading on natural history, planning, and whatever catches her fancy, and figuring out her future farm.

Jerome Funchess

Jerome Funchess is currently the Volunteer Coordinator for Our United Villages and the Rebuilding Center on North Mississippi. Jerome serves as a Board Member of the Rosewood Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative, and as a member of The Office Of Equity and Human Rights Bureau Advisory Committee for the City of Portland. Jerome has a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning and is passionate about cycling. He is an active volunteer with The Community Cycling Center and is the Project Coordinator for two East Portland bike projects.

Mark Gamba

Mark Gamba grew up in the mountains of Colorado, and has lived in San Diego, South America and New York City. He has been in Oregon about 18 years. Professionally, he is photographer and cinematographer, with clients like National Geographic and Adidas. He founded a small environmental group in Milwaukie to try and cause local change. After serving two years as a planning commissioner and being involved in code re-writes, he was recently elected to the Milwaukie City Council.

Carol Gossett

Carol Gossett has 35 years experience in Economic Development Planning and Finance Strategies associated with urban development and infrastructure investment. She owned and operated her own development firm for 25 years and since moving to Portland is actively involved with the Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association. She brings expertise in comprehensive planning, market analysis, transit-oriented development planning, commercial corridor revitalization, land assembly strategies and development financing. 

Karla Hernandez

Karla Hernandez works for the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) as their Washington County Project Manager and Organizer. Born in Guatemala, but has was raised in Oregon. She attended Portland State University where she received her BA in Communication Studies and Criminology.  As a community leader, Karla is passionate about advocating for immigrant and refugee right. She has work experience in conducting leadership trainings, organizing community events, lobbying and hosting educational workshops, while working closely with the immigrant and refugee communities in Washington County. 

Eleanore Hunter

Eleanore Hunter lived in both New York City and Boston before moving to a bucolic acre in Oak Grove.  She champions community by serving as chair of the Oak Grove Community Council, being a member of the McLoughlin Area Plan Implementation Team (MAP-IT), and Trimet’s Orange Line Art Advisory Committee.  Eleanore’s dissertation for a PhD in Depth Psychology explored the cultural shadows between co-housing communities and their surrounding neighborhoods. 

Candace Jamison

A proud third generation Oregonian, Candace received both her B.S. in Community Development and Master Degree in Public Administration from Portland State University. For the past five years Candace has worked for Home Forward; in her position she supports the region's most vulnerable populations by helping craft Affordable and Public Housing policies and procedures. Prior to joining Home Forward Candace worked for the Clackamas County Development Agency.

Lillian Karabaic

Lillian Karabaic works on active transportation and land use advocacy as a community organizer with Shift, a perennial stakeholder advisory committee member, an economics student at Reed College, a coffee superhero with Breakfast on the Bridges, and as a board member with Cycle Wild. She has previously worked at Oregon Walks and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Her thesis is on the impact of bicycle infrastructure on rental markets in Portland. She also makes videos and comics about federal transportation funding.

Alex Linsker

Alex Linsker is Statewide Community Organizer for Tax and Conversation, the fifth cooperatively governed business he started. Previously he started the democratic co-working place Collective Agency in Portland. His passion is civics: education on how each of us can be responsible and entrepreneurial to act on issues affecting everybody locally in Oregon. He has done retail anthropology for 12 of the Fortune 100. He finds taboos, uncovers the truth, and gets results.

Salim Mayberry

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Salim Mayberry received his BS in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington.  He is currently a second-year graduate student in the Transportation Engineering Program at Portland State University.  Salim intends to focus his professional career on planning and developing innovative, multimodal transit systems that offers widely accessible, safe, convenient, timely, and cost-efficient alternatives to the automobile. 

Brian Monberg

Brian is a Principal Planner at Metro Regional Government.  Brian recently managed the East Metro Connections Plan, an integrated land use and transportation plan for east Multnomah County.  Brian has also been involved with the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project, the Portland Streetcar Loop, and regional system plans for freight and transit. Prior to Metro, Brian worked at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Washington, DC.  He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University.

Stanley Moy

Stanley Moy is Chinese American community organizer. Born in New York City and raised in Portland, Oregon. Currently, he is the Jade District Associate for Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon. He has a passion for public policy issues that include transportation, economic development, and social justice. Stanley received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Oregon.

Pamela Phan

Pam Phan is a Portland native whose parents came to the United States from Vietnam in the 1970s. She has had over 15 years experience working with Immigrant and Refugee Communities and youth of color, with a focus to help create political space with youth of color around the issues that affect them most. She founded the Youth Planning Program at Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, hiring youth for paid internships to work on community projects alongside professional city planners.  .  She is currently in her first year in PSU’s Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program, while learning how to be a more pleasant and efficient person with significantly less sleep.  Her favorite Pokemon is Charmander. 

Linda Than

Linda Than is a Cambodian, Community Organizer, and Public Relations Specialist. Born and raised in Utah, she started at age 16 as an intern at Neighborhood Housing Services, a community-based organization in the YouthWorks Program. After moving to Oregon in 1997 she pursued a career in real estate and small businesses. She serves on the Board of the Seattle-based Cambodian Women Health Organization, which offers funding and programs for free women's health care in Cambodia. She works with the APANO Aloha-Reedville Project as a Bilingual Organizer, engaging community members in small business and educational settings.

Cameron Whitten

Cameron Whitten has called Oregon his home since 2009. He is studying Economics at Portland State University, a political and social justice activist with many organizations across the Portland region, and his favorite color is silver.

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