Verde Administration- Staff


Tony DeFalco

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Tony is leading the movement to rewrite the environmental agenda in Portland to build wealth with low-income communities of color. His expertise in community economic development, environmental protection and sustainability spans 20 years of working locally and nationally in environmental advocacy, coalition building and policy advocacy. Prior to stepping into the ED role, Tony worked at Verde as the Deputy Director as well as Living Cully Coordinator. 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.


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.


Stacie Walen

Finance Director

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.

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MAricela Ortega

Grants Coordinator


Operations Coordinator

Itzel is responsible for Verde's office needs, including facility maintenance, file maintenance and administrative support to the Board of Directors, Advisory Groups, Executive Director and Program Managers. She has 5 years of experience in team/location management, relationship building and customer service and is involved in the immigrant community through her work with Power to the Dreamers. Itzel is interested in the work Verde does as it hits close to home. Itzel was born in Mexico and is fluent in English and Spanish. Coming from a low income background, she is very excited to work with an organization that cares and does so much for the community.

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Jess Faunt

Communications Coordinator

As the Communications Coordinator, Jess tells Verde’s story through written and visual media with community members, peer organizations and funders. Jess is motivated to do this work because Verde actively contributes to a new environmental narrative that centers on the needs and visions of low-income communities of color. Jess came to Verde in 2017 as a Confluence AmeriCorps Member. She brings experience in media analysis with a racial and gender justice lens.