Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington has teamed up with a coalition of Black nonprofit executive leaders to present a series of how wealth, power and privilege impact the Black community. In this workshop, we will hear from three nonprofit expert leaders who provide services to address homelessness in the Black community. This workshop will provide a broader context and allow attendees to dive more deeply into this critical equity-based issue.
Cupid Alexander is currently the Division Director Of Neighborhoods, Housing and Human Services for the City of Spokane, Washington. Tasked with leading the city’s investments in housing, homelessness solutions and neighborhood investments, Mr. Alexander begins and ends his work centering the community in a framework of equity and sustainability. As the former Director Of Strategic Initiatives in the office of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, and current Regional President of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), Mr. Alexander has a history of working to create housing solutions, be it policy, implementation or using community engagement mechanisms.
Katrina Holland is the Executive Director of JOIN, a non-profit organization serving people experiencing homelessness in the Portland Metro area. Katrina is a strategic housing advocate, an expert in tenant rights and homelessness prevention, and a proven leader in non-profit organizational management. Katrina brings compassion and a strong commitment to addressing the needs of our neighbors living in poverty and experiencing homelessness. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Community Alliance of Tenants, Oregon’s only statewide renters rights organization. In partnership with Black leaders in Oregon, Katrina also helped co-found and co-convene the Reimagine Oregon Project, a project born out of the civic unrest around racial injustice in Oregon.
Kymberly Horner is the Executive Director for Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. (PCRI) whose mission is to promote housing justice through advocacy, services, affordable housing and wealth creation for systemically disenfranchised people, particularly those of color. PCRI owns and operates over 700 units in the North/Northeast section of Portland, and Kymberly sees having a strong organizational foundation to work from as a key strength to allow her to help manage during these current economically challenging times.
In the midst of COVID-19, she oversaw and helped staff to navigate the challenges of the financing and construction of King + Parks, a 70-unit affordable housing rental project. Additionally, between 2019-2020 Kymberly and her staff completed the development of two separate for-sale townhome projects resulting in approximately 10 income qualified families becoming homeowners!