Meet our New Board Members!
This July, we welcomed 5 new neighbors to the Center for Opportunity board of directors. We are excited to introduce you all to them!
Sara is a native Oregonian who loves the balance of city-living, community, walkability, fantastic food, and easy access to the outdoors and berries on Sauvie Island. Sara brings extensive experience in public health, non profits, and higher education combined with a passion for diversity and inclusion, empowerment, and community engagement. She holds her BA in Sociology and Spanish from Lewis & Clark College and Master of Social Work with an emphasis on management and leadership from Boston College. After years working on college campuses, Sara joined Bright Horizons College Coach in 2018 as a college and educational advisor supporting families as they navigate the complexities of the college admission process. Sara used to teach yoga, loves zumba, and likes to be on the move. In her free time, Sara loves sharing the joys and adventures of life with her husband and son. Coast trips, hiking, walking around St. Johns, eating good food, lots of music and dancing, cooking, and growing fruits and veggies in the backyard are current favorites!
Isaac is a well-traveled global citizen. Born in New Mexico, he grew up in Cameroon, West Africa, before moving to Canada. Portland has been his home for the past 19 years, a city he has come to care passionately about. Isaac has a BA with a dual major in Business Management and Marketing, and is excited to bring his expertise in real estate, strategic planning and financial analysis to the St. Johns Center for Opportunity board. Working in Business Development for PGE, Isaac also serves on the board of Oregon Economic Development Association and the Real Estate Business Committee of the Portland Innovation Quadrant. Isaac spends most of his free time either being a soccer dad for this two daughters, playing a pick-up game himself, or enjoying the incredible outdoors in the PNW.
Kate owns a small business in St Johns and appreciates the strong heartbeat of our community. She is passionate about supporting local and promoting opportunities where neighbors can come together to express, learn, share and create. Kate got her start in business by managing her mother’s groovy youth hostel, where she enjoyed connecting with folks from around the world. Her father, who immigrated to the US from Turkey, was a self-employed marketing consultant. In 2003, she moved to Barcelona where she co-founded COLLAGE, a creative education center, and as a side hustle, worked as a leasing agent for a property management company. Kate remained living in Catalonia for ten years and then returned to Portland. Having already lived in the other four quadrants of the city, Kate set roots in St Johns and convinced her mother, brother and his family to do the same. She now runs Descansa Property Management, is the mother of a bilingual toddler named Fritz, and enjoys helping behind the scenes at her husband's guitar shop, 3 Tracks Music. Kate received her BA at Portland State University, holds an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Loyola University Maryland and is a graduate of the teacher training program at Montessori Northwest.
Kimathi has been a resident of St Johns for the past 6 years and is currently the manager at Beneficial State Bank; formerly Albina Community Bank; a CDFI (community development financial institution) with a triple bottom line framework. Through the bank he has worked with residents, small businesses and nonprofits helping with financial advice matters as well as connecting them with local organizations that assist with strengthening & growth within the community such as Prosper Portland, Mercy Corps, Craft3, and SBA. Prior to relocating to Portland he worked as an investment advisor in Newport Beach where he leveraged his expertise in consultative sales, prospecting & portfolio management, market research & penetration, regulatory compliance, wealth education, financial planning, etc. Kimathi is a Kenyan native and grew up in an agricultural town known as Nakuru before immigrating to the US to attend college in upstate New York. In his free time he’s been known to enjoy summer reggae concerts, hikes, sports and of course the occasional social libations with the locals.
Chariti is a Chicana arts administrator and performer who counts St. Johns among her childhood happy places. She currently manages Summer Free For All, a Portland Parks & Recreation program that serves 100,000 free lunches and produces free outdoor movies, concerts and cultural events in parks across Portland each summer. Chariti has been promoting and producing Latin music events in Portland since 2008 and is a founding member of Colectivo Son Jarocho de Portland, a group dedicated to building community through the music and dance of Southern Veracruz. Chariti received a BA in Ecological Design & Sustainability Studies from The Evergreen State College and spent years building houses out of mud (and other things). She still enjoys making things, and in her free time Chariti can be found gardening, arting, and playing music with her partner and their two jazz cats, Bootsy and Jaco.