Verde Outreach - Advisors

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Evans Boyd

Evans 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.

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Queta Gonzalez

Center for Diversity & the Environment

Queta 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.

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Karen Guillen

Portland Parks & Recreation

Karen 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.

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Carolina Iraheta

City of Portland, Safe Routes to School Program

Carolina 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.