Verde Finance - Advisors


Kate Allen

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 has also been a Board member in 2011.


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.


Sara Lewis

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.