Verde Board of Directors
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 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
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.
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.
Desiree is the Equity Specialist for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. In her 8 years working in the public sector she has been involved in a variety of equity efforts including the creation of the city’s Office of Equity and Human Rights and the publication of the Racial Equity Strategy Guide. Her role in her department focuses on culture change towards a multi-cultural anti-racist organization, while concurrently providing support to use an equity lens in the programs, policies and services of the Bureau. Recently, Desiree was honored by the White House as a Climate Equity Champion of Change for her work on the City of Portland Multnomah County Climate Action Plan which has set forth a new model of engagement and policy making for other cities in North America. She is an active member of the community and before becoming a member of the Verde Board she was also a founding board member for the Center for Diversity and the Environment and has this past year established the Environmental Justice workgroup for the Portland African American Leadership Forum. She holds a Master of International Development with a focus on Environmental Sustainability and Development Planning and a minor in Public and Nonprofit Management from the Graduate School of International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute (now Pinchot University).
As a former resident of Hacienda CDC housing, Juan has had the opportunity to establish strong relationships with the community we serve. He joined Hacienda in March of 2012 as Resident Services Coordinator and has worked closely with our tenants - connecting them to the services offered by Hacienda CDC, our partnerships and collaborations. As Resident Services Coordinator he accomplished to help secure 30 thousand in funds for emergency rent and utility assistance as well as assisting with the relocation of tenants during the rehab of one of Haciendas properties. He also helped develop and establish the logistics and practice policies for the RSC program. In September 2014 Juan took on a position as Homeownership Counselor. Since then he as helps families reach their homeownership goals, build assets in savings and improve their credit. Juan is passionate about fair and equal housing and believes that everyone deserves a safe and healthy place to call home. As of September 2016 juan has taken on a new endeavor as a loan officer for Mortgage Café NW where he continues to work closely to the Latino community helping them reach their dreams as home owners. This year, Juan was accepted into NALCAB-The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders /Colegio Fellowship, a training program for Latino leaders from across the country who have significantly contributed to their field of expertise and their community. Juan currently volunteers as board member for Verdeand Milenio and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.