|Verde Board of Directors|
David Harmon, Co-Chair
David Harmon is a commercial capital consultant with a 23-year background in commercial banking, investment banking, and operations. He started his career at Wells Fargo Bank in 1988, and most recently worked for US Bank's Portland middle market commercial group. In the interim, he was an investment analyst with a Hong Kong investment bank, and chief operating officer of a Portland-based plastics manufacturing firm. He also spent 4 years at Shorebank Pacific, a unique bank with a mission to invest with the intent to create economic equity and a healthy environment. David serves as the Board's point person for financial management, and is the Board liaison to the Verde Energy Advisors.
Mark Griswold Wilson, Co-Chair
Mark Wilson has been cultivating his expertise in the arts and sciences of horticulture, environmental and science education, and ecological restoration and management for over three decades. He currently serves as restoration ecologist for the Lower Willamette watershed with Portland Parks and Recreation, where he oversees environmental restoration projects in Portland's natural area 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, and the Society of Wetland Scientists. Mark's extensive experience and expertise makes him an asset to Verde's Board. He is the Board liaison to the Verde Nursery Advisors.
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.
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.
Rafael was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and has lived in Oregon for 22 years. He has 4 children ages 21, 15, 8 and 6, and enjoys playing basketball with his kids and watching soccer during his free time. Rafael was part of the first group of Lideres Verdes, a group of community leaders compensated by Verde to participate in up to 100 hours of training in community organizing. Rafael lives in the Cully neighborhood, and joined the Board in September 2012. He serves as the Board liaison to the Verde Outreach Advisors.
Peter Finley Fry
Peter Fry has extensive experience collaborating with state-wide, regional, and private sector entities on land use issues. As a land use planning and design consultant, he effectively works with multiple stakeholders to fulfill private enterprise and environmental objectives. An international speaker at conferences on urban strategies for sustainable development, Peter also gives back to his local community by serving on boards, committees and in public office, including previous terms on Multnomah County Planning Commission and the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District Board. Peter serves as Verde's Board Treasurer, on the Verde Finance Advisors, and as a Board liaison to the Let Us Build Cully Park! Advisors.
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.
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.