Nate McCoy - Chair
Nate McCoy is the Executive Director, Operations Manager and Spokesperson for the National Association of Minority Contractors – Oregon Chapter (NAMC-Oregon). NAMC-Oregon is the local affiliate of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC), a trade association founded in 1969 to address the needs of minority contractors through advocacy. Nate is responsible for building programs that advance the organization’s mission, as well as resource development and streamlining operations to maximize the use of resources for efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to joining NAMC-Oregon, Nate spent seven years as a Senior Construction Coordinator for both the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) and Portland Development Commission (PDC). As a longtime proponent of equity in contracting, Nate led the housing bureau’s Minority, Women, and Emerging Small Business (MWESB) outreach and contracting initiatives during his tenure there and was actively involved in program development related to equity and contracting opportunities bureau-wide. With a focus on transparency and accountability related to MWESB contracting goals, Nate assisted the City’s Procurement Office in the development of data collection and reporting on contracting in PHB-funded projects.
Cameron Herrington is a community organizer and policy advocate working on housing issues for Living Cully. He has significant experience in housing policy at the city and state levels. Cameron has developed specific expertise in the areas of manufactured housing, community-controlled housing (land trusts and co-ops), and tenant protections. He is a Master of Urban Studies student at Portland State University with extensive study in community land trusts, cooperatives, land-banking and other community-ownership models, as well as the history of Portland’s housing market, housing policy, and urban renewal practices. Cameron researches affordable housing policies being used by jurisdictions around the country, and hopes to bring this knowledge to bear on Portland's policy making.
As a renter living in North Portland (in the Interstate Urban Renewal Area), and as a former employee of Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Cameron has experience and knowledge of the history and current dynamics of inner N/NE Portland, including the ongoing experience of gentrification and the mass displacement of the Black community. As an employee of Living Cully, Cameron has gained first-hand expertise about the housing challenges faced by low-income renters, homeowners and manufactured housing residents in the Cully neighborhood. As a lead organizer of the Anti-Displacement PDX Coalition, he works closely with affordable housing providers, culturally specific community-based organizations, and land use advocates citywide.
Diane Linn has been Proud Ground’s Executive Director since December 2013. She has served as Director of Ritter Center, in Marin County serving the low income and homeless community. She is the former Multnomah County Chair (2001 – 2007) and was a jurisdictional leader in the development of the 10-year Plan to End Homelessness. She was elected Commissioner (District 1) in 1998. She has focused on affordable housing and homeownership, and services to the community’s most vulnerable. Diane served Director of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement for the City of Portland and the Executive Director of Oregon NARAL. She is a Portland native, (Buckman neighborhood), raised her two children in Sellwood and currently lives in Concordia.
Felicia Tripp Folsom
Felicia Tripp Folsom is the Executive Director of Portland Leadership Foundation and she is a graduate of the Achieving Excellence Program at Harvard's Kennedy School. In her professional life, she is busy working on issues involving affordable housing, social justice, healthcare and educational reform. Currently Ms. Tripp Folsom sits on the board of directors of Portland African American Leadership Forum, Community Housing Fund, and All Hands Raised. When she is not busy serving the community, she is a carpooling mom of two very busy teenagers. She lives with her family in NE Portland.
Fernando Velez has nearly 30 years of experience in banking, mortgage lending, and consumer protections. Currently, Mr. Velez is a state employee working in the Department of Consumer and Business Services. His experience and certifications include foreclosure intervention and default counseling, homeownership and community lending, homeownership counseling in Spanish, credit counseling, reverse mortgages, and financial coaching. Mr. Velez is a first-generation Latino immigrant and helped organize the first culturally specific financial homeownership fair in Cornelius. He enjoys volunteering with culturally specific Hispanic and Latino non-profit organizations as well as the Consulate of Mexico where he can employ his financial skills. Mr. Velez has participated on several non-profit boards including CASA of Oregon, Habitat for Humanity, African American Alliance for Homeownership, Hacienda CDC, Bienestar, and Portland Community Land Trust.
Jessy Ledesma is the Director of Development at Beam Development. Ms. Ledesma oversees ground-up and adaptive reuse projects for Beam, including commercial office developments and hospitality, from sourcing to completion. Her work at Beam is focused primarily in Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District. In her prior work, Ms. Ledesma served as Development Manager for affordable housing projects utilizing low-income housing tax credits as well as mixed-use urban developments for both for-profit and non-profit ownership. She has experience working with new construction, major renovations, acquisitions, and USDA Rural Developments. Ms. Ledesma has been a frequent guest presenter on the intersection of affordable housing, community design, and design processes. Ms. Ledesma received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon and was awarded a position as an Enterprise Rose Fellow from 2007-2010. She holds current professional affiliations with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the ULI Women’s Leadership Institute committee member; prior affiliations included Design Futures Council Emerging Leader, Oregon State Housing Policy Council, Oregon Opportunity Network, USGBC LEED GA, and AIA Associate Portland.
Lawrence Ramsay Weit
Lawrence Ramsay Weit attended Georgetown Law Center and practiced as a Legal Aid attorney in Portland for 12 years, with expertise in consumer protection, class action litigation on entitlements, and appellate practice before Oregon Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Ramsay was also executive Director of the Community Housing Fund in Beaverton for 13 years, providing financing for the development of affordable housing by non-profits in Washington County, advocating for and helping to create progressive housing policy in local jurisdictions, and capitalizing a revolving loan fund from public and private sources. Ramsay has also served as staff to Mayor Vera Katz and several County Commissioners as well as Chief of Staff to City Commissioner Gretchen Kafoury. Ramsay is currently retired from full-time employment but currently serving as an affordable housing representative at Metro’s Technical Advisory Committee as well as board member to the Health Share of Oregon, the Housing Development Center, the Southwest Corridor Equitable Housing Committee, the Beaverton Equitable Housing Task Force, the Housing Oregon Policy Councils, the Oregon Housing Alliance and the Oregon Planning Association Policy Committee.
Ramsay’s hobbies include gardening, cycling and kayaking, reading the New Yorker and has a passion for long-distance hiking in Scotland, Ireland and France. His ongoing challenge is defining retirement when there’s so much still to be done!
Sarah Stevenson joined Innovative Housing, Inc. (IHI) as its Executive Director in 2002. A Portland-based nonprofit developer, owner, and operator of affordable housing, IHI owns more than 1,300 affordable rental units in Oregon and Washington. In addition to multifamily real estate development and ownership, IHI provides substantive wraparound services to help its residents maintain their housing, access opportunities, and break the cycle of poverty.
Sarah also currently serves on the Broadway Corridor Steering Committee, Housing Oregon’s Portland Metro Policy Council, and the ULI Northwest Product Council. She has previously served on Prosper Portland’s Central City Budget Advisory Committee, PDC’s Financial Sustainability Committee, and the Advisory Board of Portland State University’s Center for Real Estate.
Prior to joining Innovative Housing, Sarah was an attorney with Lawyers Alliance for New York, where she represented nonprofit developers of low-income and special needs housing and specialized in nonprofit law and affordable housing development. Sarah's community development work experience also includes positions with California Literacy Inc. in Los Angeles, CA and Jobs for Homeless People in Washington, DC. She was born and raised in North Portland and lives in NE Portland. She has a BA from Stanford University and a JD from New York University School of Law.
As Vice President of Development for Related Northwest, Ms. Kondor is responsible for establishing Related’s presence in the northwest while leading and managing all aspects of development and financing for Related’s affordable developments. Prior to joining Related, Ms. Kondor was Director of Real Estate Development for Central City Concern where she managed the land acquisition, entitlements, and due diligence process for the development of new clinical and affordable housing in Portland, Oregon with development costs in excess of $100 million. While at Central City Concern, she was a recipient of the Housing Oregon’s Star Player Award in 2017and led her development team named as top affordable housing developer by the Daily Journal of Commerce for 2018. She developed award winning projects receiving the prestigious AIA/AAH design award for Healthcare Design as well as the Novogradac New Market Tax Credit QLICI of the Year for Metro projects. Ms. Kondor has consulted through her firm, SK Asset Advisors for private developers and construction managers focused on affordable housing. As Senior Asset Manager for Bayside Communities, Ms. Kondor managed a portfolio of more than 60 multifamily properties throughout the west coast including senior housing, assisted living, low-income housing and HUD communities. She is experienced working on complex transactions with multi-layered funding along with new market tax credits. Ms. Kondor holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and sits on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Portland as well is a member of PSU’s Real Estate Advisory Board.
Taylor Smiley Wolfe
Taylor Smiley Wolfe is the Director of Policy and Planning for Home Forward, a mission driven organization that develops and operates affordable housing with the goal of ensuring that all community members have a stable home. She manages policy analysis processes, supports long-term planning, and helps the organization leverage its role as the largest provider of affordable housing in Oregon to improve collaboration and efficacy between systems impacting people in poverty. Prior to joining Home Forward, Taylor was the Policy Director for Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek and helped advance the Speaker’s priorities, including: the Student Success Act, Cap and Trade, and legislation to address the statewide affordable housing crisis. As the Speaker’s Policy Director, she played a major role in developing and helping to pass the first statewide anti-rent gouging and tenant protections legislation, Senate Bill 608 (2019) and the first statewide legalization of middle housing, House Bill 2001 (2019). Taylor has also served as a policy analyst and researcher for PolicyLink, Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, and the Dellums Institute for Social Justice. Taylor has a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P) from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.