Verde Finance and Administration- Staff

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Melissa Palavecino

Operations Coordinator

Melissa provides administrative support to Verde’s Board of Directors, Verde’s Advisory Groups, as well as to the Executive Director, Finance Department, Program Managers and Verde Staff. Melissa has lived in Portland since the age of three and grew up in North Portland. She is a graduate of PSU with a B.S. in Social Science with a focus on underserved communities and a Certificate in Chicano/Latino Studies. Having worked at VOZ workers’ rights education project and the Oregon Working Families party Melissa has a passion for labor justice. During her free time she enjoys spending time out doors with her partner and their dog.


Leah Altman

Oglala Lakota, Persian, and second-generation immigrant

Development Director

As the Development Director, Leah oversees Verde’s fundraising activities, with a focus on grant writing and grants management. Leah’s background is in grant writing, grants management, communications, and book and magazine writing, editing, and reviewing. She has a master’s degree in writing, with a focus on editing, and has worked for Portland-area nonprofit organizations focused on youth, community development, and the environment for the past nine years. Leah is an alumna of the Coalition of Communities of Color’s Bridges Leadership program and has lived in Portland most of her life. She is an avid reader of creative thrillers with female protagonists, plays pool competitively, and enjoys dancing in the kitchen with her daughter while making bacon; Leah has also been known to enjoy a good moonlight river swim.


Stacie Walen

Verde Controller

Stacie Walen joined Verde in January 2015 after more than 10 years with Clackamas County Children’s Commission Head Start. Prior to nonprofit accounting, Stacie had 10 years’ experience in construction accounting. At Verde, Stacie manages the day-to-day financial operations, including general ledger and grant reconciliation, payroll, accounts payable and receivable.


Alan Hipólito

Director of Special Projects

Alan Hipólito has worked at Verde since 2005. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. His father is from Tamazunchale, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and his mother is from New Orleans.