Verde Outreach Program

  • Verde Outreach
  • Verde Outreach Advisors

Tony DeFalco | Living Cully Coordinator

Tony DeFalco HeadshotTony DeFalco is the Living Cully Ecodistrict Coordinator for Verde, coordinating the nation’s first equity driven ecodistrict designed to re-interpret sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy. His expertise in community economic development, environmental protection and sustainability spans 15 years of working locally and nationally in environmental advocacy, coalition building and policy advocacy. His current focus includes redevelopment of a landfill into a park in a low-income neighborhood in Portland and strengthening communities of color and low income communities in deriving economic benefit from environmental investments.



Nestor Campos | Verde Education Coordinator

Nestor ComposNestor has worked for Verde since 2006, and has played key roles in a wide range of Verde activities. As Education Coordinator, he leads Verde’s work with Expresiones, Hacienda CDC’s after school program for middle school students living in Hacienda CDC’s affordable housing properties, and with other Cully-serving educational institutions. A native of Venezuela, Mr. Campos earned a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Venezuela, and holds an Oregon Landscape Contractors License and an Oregon Commercial Pesticide Applicator License. He speaks Spanish and English.



Anna Gordon | Living Cully Communications/Outreach Coordinator

Anna Gordon

Anna has over eight years of experience working in environmental and community education, both in the U.S. and Mexico, with a focus on community empowerment through sustainability. She joined Living Cully in January 2015. Living Cully is an innovative collaboration between Habitat for Humanity Metro/East, Hacienda CDC, Native American Youth and Family Center (Naya) and Verde that works to reinterpret sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy.

Prior to joining Living Cully as the Outreach/Communications Coordinator, Anna spent four years at Living Cully partner Hacienda CDC in the Youth and Family Services Department. She started at Hacienda in 2009 as an Expresiones After School Program Coordinator providing culturally specific programming to youth and families at the Salon Comunal. In 2011 she continued her work as the Expresiones Parent Involvement Coordinator, where she worked with families’ at all four after school program sites. From 2012 until 2014 Anna managed the Expresiones After School Program. Prior to her work at Hacienda Anna served as an AmeriCorps member at Madison High School in NE Portland, where she worked with students, teachers and parents to create a school and community garden that still flourishes to this day.

Anna graduated from Macalester College in 2006 with a BA in Environmental Studies and a Minor in Spanish. During her time at Macalester she spent a semester abroad in Panama working with small farmers and studying conservation and development. Anna lives and works in the Cully Neighborhood in NE Portland.


Cameron Herrington | Living Cully Anti-Displacement Coordinator

Cameron Herrington

Cameron Herrington coordinates the anti-displacement program for the Living Cully coalition. Living Cully is a partnership of four community development organizations that are active in the Cully neighborhood: Habitat for Humanity, Hacienda CDC, NAYA and Verde. Cameron leads Living Cully’s efforts to ensure that neighborhood change and investment creates more opportunities for people of color and low-income households to live and thrive in Cully and beyond, rather than leading to their displacement as housing costs increase. His background is in cross-cultural community organizing, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.



Pedro Moreno |  Outreach Worker

Pedro MorenaPedro Moreno is the Outreach Worker for Verde. Originally from the state of Guerrero in Mexico, Pedro has lived in the United States for over 20 years. He began working for Verde in 2006 as a Landscape Crew Member, driving trucks to various locations in Portland to perform landscape restoration work with the other workers of Verde. He now works in the community doing outreach around various environmental and equity issues.

Evans Boyd

Evans BoydEvans Boyd currently works in the real estate industry in Portland. She has a background in environmental justice and affordable housing issues, and is interested in how they intersect with community and design. She is trained in building and landscape architecture, holding a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Since arriving in Portland in 2009, Evans has volunteered with several community organizations working on design and economic development issues, as well as attempting to understand and resolve roadblocks preventing equitable access to healthful foods. She served for several years on the Cully Association of Neighbors board as the outreach coordinator and vice chair/land use representative and has been a founding member of the Cully Farmer’s Market since 2009.

In her free time she enjoys geeking out on various projects inside and outside the house with her family, slowly working on making their space more resilient and maybe even one day attaining net zero energy and water use.


Queta Gonzalez | Center for Diversity & the Enviroment

Queta Gonzalez web photoQueta believes that our differences can make us stronger.  A commitment to family, community, learning, service and compassion underpin her actions and activities.  Her work in social, environmental and economic justice began in her youth and continued to grow ever since.  She is the Program Director for the Center for Diversity & the Environment where she works with people across the United States to build a more equitable, inclusive and diverse environmental movement.




Karen Guillen | Portland Parks & Recreation

Karen GuillenKaren works as a community engagement coordinator for Portland Parks & Recreation, and focuses her efforts on increasing access to the bureau's services and facilities for underrepresented communities, building staff capacity towards greater inclusiveness and working on equity and access initiatives in the bureau's strategic plan. Karen's prior work included City of Gresham's Department of Environmental services, where she led outreach initiatives to increase awareness about resource conservation and recycling issues in the community as the City's recycling coordinator, and work with Metro's Solid Waste & Recycling division and with Hacienda CDC in the Cully Neighborhood. She is passionate about connecting and empowering communities towards authentic civic engagement. She currently serves on the leadership team of Portland's Environmental Professionals of Color, Verde's community outreach advisory committee, and is a diversity fellowship graduate research assistant at PSU, completing her master's in urban and regional planning with an environmental specialization.


Carolina Iraheta | City of Portland, Safe Routes to School Program

Carolina IrahetaCarolina Iraheta Gonzalez currently works with the City of Portland, Safe Routes to School program. She works with school communities to improve the walking and biking conditions around schools so that students may safely walk, bike and roll to school. She is passionate about social justice and has worked with many local non-profits over the past 15 years. She is a Cal Berkeley alum, the 2010 recipient of the City of Portland’s Youth Champion Award and is the 2015 Women in Transportation Seminar Rosa Parks Diversity and Leadership Award recipient. She has lived in Portland her whole life and enjoys the many quirks that the City has to offer.