|Verde Board of Directors|
Roberto Jimenez, President
Roberto is a native Oregonian. He has been the Executive Director of FHDC (Farmworker Housing Development Corporation) since 2005. Roberto has over 20 years of leadership experience founding and managing nonprofits with a strong focus on organizational development. In 2015 he received from University of Oregon Department of Planning Public Policy & Management the Outstanding Service to Oregon award. In 2011 he was one of nine presenters asked to speak at the first White House Conference on Rental Housing in America.
Beyond the nuts and bolts of the highly complex systems for affordable housing development, Roberto spends much of his time on public policy relating to Latinos and farmworkers in affordable housing at local, state and national levels. He currently is working on housing public policy issues at in Oregon and Washington DC as well as lobbying the State Legislature.
Kate Allen, Vice President
Kate brings more than 20 years' experience in affordable housing policy, finance and development to Verde. Since 2008 she has worked for the City of Portland Housing Bureau, leading the agency's efforts to leverage improved outcomes for residents of affordable housing by building linkages with workforce training and jobs, education, and transportation. She previously served as the Oregon/SW Washington Director for Enterprise Community Investment. Kate became a Board member in 2011, and serves on the Verde Finance Advisors.
Peter Finley Fry, Secretary
Peter Finley Fry is a private professional land use planner. He was born and raised to San Francisco and came to Portland via Canada and Eugene in 1979. He has a bachelor of Science in Anthropology and a masters of urban planning and PhD from Portland State University. Fry serves on the Board of the Central Eastside Industrial Council in Portland's Central Eastside Oregon and Verde. He supports a variety of industrial and commercial clients. He sited most of Portland's homeless facility and worked in the development of Portland's Light Rail and Streetcar systems. He is married and lives on a farm in the Columbia Gorge.
Sara Lewis, Treasurer
An Oregonian since the age of two, Sara grew up in a rural farming community is Southern Oregon, attended high school in Eugene, and settled in Portland when she began her bachelor’s degree at Lewis and Clark College. As Finance and Operations Director at Donate Life Northwest, Sara brings extensive experience in nonprofit accounting. She served as Fiscal Officer on the board of Northwest Oregon Volunteer Administer Association from ’09-‘13 and on the Finance Committee at Portland Village School from '13-'15. In early 2004 Sara moved to the small town of Las Flores in rural Panama and served three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the sustainable agriculture program. During her time in Panama, she worked with local residents to build a park and basketball court on the small muddy patch in the center of town. A truly collaborative endeavor, the park was built with funds raised internationally and from local government agencies while community members contributed labor and sand from the local river. The community's vision of "El Parquecito de Las Flores" became a reality in early 2007, just before Sara returned home to Portland. Excited to be a part of the great work Verde is doing in her current community, Sara joined Verde's Board in 2014 as Treasurer.
Dave Harmon has a nearly 30-year career in financial management. A vice president of MBank, a commercial community bank in Portland, he began his commercial banking career at Wells Fargo Bank in Southern California, and came to Portland in 2000. He has extensive experience in lending and financial management. Dave joined the Verde board in 2004, and has served as its financial consultant, treasurer, and co-chair during his tenure.
Jackie has 18 years of experience working in youth programs focused on student success and goal attainment for students of color and under-served communities. She is Executive Director for Airway Science for Kids, an organization that exposes youth, especially those who are socially and economically challenged, to activities that inspire their interest and growth toward higher learning and careers in aerospace, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Prior, she served as After School Program Manager for Self-Enhancement Incorporated, a nonprofit organization supporting at-risk urban youth. Jackie joined the Board in 2015, and serves as a Board Liaison to the Verde Outreach Advisors.
Brenda Reyes is a resident of the Cully Neighborhood where she owns and operates a convenience store with her husband. A former resident of Hacienda CDC housing, she remains engaged with the community through her work. As a community member and small business owner, Brenda's interests as a Board Member include economic development and Verde's financial operation, as well as youth welfare and engagement. Her insight into the community combined with her business experience makes her an asset to Verde's Board. Brenda is also a Board liaison to the Verde Landsapce Advisors.
Mark Griswold Wilson
Mark Griswold Wilson has been cultivating his expertise in the arts and sciences of horticulture, environmental and science education, landscape architecture and ecological restoration for over three decades. After an extensive career in public service, he is now a consulting ecologist in the Portland area specializing in the restoration and management of urban green spaces and parks. As a lifelong practitioner and educator, he has made presentations throughout the Pacific Northwest and organized trainings and seminars under the auspices of Cascadia Landscape, the Society for Ecological Restoration, the Society of Wetland Scientists and the Pacific Northwest Urban Meadow Group. Mark has been a Verde BoD member since 2005.