Verde Outreach - Staff
Tony DeFalco is Verde's Deputy Director formally the Living Cully Ecodistrict Coordinator, coordinating the nation’s first equity driven ecodistrict designed to re-interpret sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy. His expertise in community economic development, environmental protection and sustainability spans 15 years of working locally and nationally in environmental advocacy, coalition building and policy advocacy. As the Living Cully Ecodistrict Coordinator he helped lead redevelopment of a landfill into a park in a low-income neighborhood in Portland. His current focus includes strengthening communities of color and low income communities in deriving economic benefit from environmental investments.
Nestor has worked for Verde since 2006, and has played key roles in a wide range of Verde activities. As Education Coordinator, he leads Verde’s work with Expresiones, Hacienda CDC’s after school program for middle school students living in Hacienda CDC’s affordable housing properties, and with other Cully-serving educational institutions. A native of Venezuela, Mr. Campos earned a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Venezuela, and holds an Oregon Landscape Contractors License and an Oregon Commercial Pesticide Applicator License. He speaks Spanish and English.
Pedro Moreno is the Outreach Worker for Verde. Originally from the state of Guerrero in Mexico, Pedro has lived in the United States for over 20 years. He began working for Verde in 2006 as a Landscape Crew Member, driving trucks to various locations in Portland to perform landscape restoration work with the other workers of Verde. He now works in the community doing outreach around various environmental and equity issues.
Community programs manager
Anna has over eight years of experience working in environmental and community education, both in the U.S. and Mexico, with a focus on community empowerment through sustainability. She joined Living Cully in January 2015. Living Cully is an innovative collaboration between Habitat for Humanity Metro/East, Hacienda CDC, Native American Youth and Family Center (Naya) and Verde that works to reinterpret sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy.
Prior to joining Living Cully as the Outreach/Communications Coordinator, Anna spent four years at Living Cully partner Hacienda CDC in the Youth and Family Services Department. She started at Hacienda in 2009 as an Expresiones After School Program Coordinator providing culturally specific programming to youth and families at the Salon Comunal. In 2011 she continued her work as the Expresiones Parent Involvement Coordinator, where she worked with families’ at all four after school program sites. From 2012 until 2014 Anna managed the Expresiones After School Program. Prior to her work at Hacienda Anna served as an AmeriCorps member at Madison High School in NE Portland, where she worked with students, teachers and parents to create a school and community garden that still flourishes to this day.
Anna graduated from Macalester College in 2006 with a BA in Environmental Studies and a Minor in Spanish. During her time at Macalester she spent a semester abroad in Panama working with small farmers and studying conservation and development. Anna lives and works in the Cully Neighborhood in NE Portland.
Living Cully Anti-Displacement Coordinator
Cameron Herrington coordinates the anti-displacement program for the Living Cully coalition. Living Cully is a partnership of four community development organizations that are active in the Cully neighborhood: Habitat for Humanity, Hacienda CDC, NAYA and Verde. Cameron leads Living Cully’s efforts to ensure that neighborhood change and investment creates more opportunities for people of color and low-income households to live and thrive in Cully and beyond, rather than leading to their displacement as housing costs increase. His background is in cross-cultural community organizing, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.
Carolina Iraheta Gonzalez
Community Energy Advocate
Carolina Iraheta Gonzalez serves as Verde’s Community Energy Advocate. She currently works on the development and implementation of a neighborhood scale energy plan with a focus on co-benefit in Portland’s Cully neighborhood. Carolina was raised in Portland’s social justice community as both of her parents are community organizers working on labor, immigrant and student rights. Before coming to Verde, Carolina worked for seven years with the City of Portland’s Safe Routes to School program, leading school efforts to create safer neighborhoods for walking and biking. Carolina’s professional experience includes over 15 years’ of community organizing and she is the co-founder of Portland’s Mujeres en Movimiento, an all-female cycling group whose aim is to making biking more accessible to Latinas. On her days off Carolina enjoys spending time with her friends and family exploring the many restaurants, bars, parks and trails Portland has to offer.
When Malin was about sixteen years old, she lived on a farm. She worked 10-12 hours/day, 7 days/week, picking berries. Staff from a local nonprofit, the Western Farm Workers Association, would come check in on the workers twice a week just to chat and visit, and to provide services such as clothing, food preventive medical care, legal Advice and more to those who are in need. From this experience, she was recruited to visit others and pay it forward, to do for others what was done for her. Volunteer with Western Farm Workers Association for three years, that how she got interested in working with nonprofits areas. In 2013, Malin participated in the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization’s Workforce Experience Intermediary Project, which placed her in an internship at Verde. Since then, she has participated in many projects, including Landscape, Outreach, and Cully Park. After the Internship, Verde offered her a regular position as Program Assistant. She gladly accepted because she believes in the things Verde stands for. In 2017 she was transition as a Community Organizer.
Confluence AmeriCorps Member
Jess Faunt is a Confluence AmeriCorps Member serving at Verde as the Communications Specialist. She works to share Verde’s story with Cully residents and peer organizations through written and visual content. Jess grew up in Portland, but spent the past four years living in Walla Walla, Washington where she attended Whitman College. After graduating with a BA in Politics and Environmental Studies in May 2017, she returned to Portland to be close to her family and relearn the city. She spends her free time drinking tea and going on runs.