Mike is an attorney at Orrick specializing in public finance. He regularly works with state agencies, counties, cities and tribal governments in structuring and negotiating bond issues to finance public projects. Mike also represents banks and underwriters with the purchase and sale of bonds. Mike serves as a board member of Bridge Meadows, an organization that builds intentional intergenerational living communities to being youth formerly in foster care, their adoptive families and elderly together.
Robert Walker, Jr. Vice President Member Since 2005
My participation at PHC has included being a customer and now as a government employee.
My 6 years at the City proceeded by 20 years as a Nike employee has given me vision of home buying from the private and now public sector. I am a strong advocate of home ownership and the belief that homeowners make a neighborhood a better place for families and kids. As the technology manager for the Bureau of Development services, I push to ensure that we are equitable in our building processes. While I’m not working, I am an avid outdoors person. Now that I’m a “empty nester” I have more time for doing the things that I enjoy.
“My home is my sanctuary. It is where I can sit, read, cook and not have a care. It’s a place where my grandkids can play in my yard, help with yardwork (They actually like doing this!) and camp in the yard. My mother placed a strong value on homeownership with me and my siblings from an early age. Homeownership equals security and is also a way of building wealth!”
Cobi Lewis Secretary Member Since 2018
Cobi is vice president and director of corporate CRA and community development for Umpqua Bank. She is responsible for the company’s strategy, goals and activities related to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Cobi served in a similar capacity at Wells Fargo Bank. Before entering the banking industry, Cobi worked at One Economy a Washington, D.C.-based global nonprofit agency dedicated to online technology, and content to educate millions of people around the world. With her work at One Economy and commitment to STEM education, Lewis served for many years as a STEM consultant for NASA.
Cobi is active in the community and has sat on many boards across Oregon. She was first introduced to the Portland Housing Center as a customer buying her first home. Cobi attended the University of Oregon and is a proud Duck supporter. She is an avid reader and proud mother of three.
Tanja Lux Treasurer Member Since 2018
Tanja is the chief financial officer at Human Solutions, a social service agency for families and an affordable housing developer. Prior to Human Solutions, she led the financial and operational activities for All Hands Raised, an organization that supports local school districts with resources. Tanja started her career as an elementary and middle school math teacher and has a master’s in education from Boston College. Tanja and her two kids have a home in NE Portland.
“May the door of this home be wide enough to receive those who hunger for love or are lonely for friendship.
May it welcome those who have cares to unburden, thanks to express, hopes to nurture.
May this door be too high to admit complacency, selfishness, and harshness.
May its threshold be no stumbling block to young feet.
And may this be the doorway to a rich and meaningful life.”
Kathleen Holt Immediate Past President Member Since 2017
Kathleen Holt is an independent organizational development consultant. She has more than 25 years of experience in strategic organizational development and vision-driven communications in the nonprofit and higher education sectors. As a consultant, she supports her clients by leading reflective organizational development and strategic planning processes, and building skills and capacity in leaders and teams to nurture and sustain equitable and inclusive organizational cultures. Before starting her own firm, Kathleen was associate director of Oregon Humanities, where she was responsible for organizational strategy, culture, and communications. Kathleen lives in Southeast Portland with her husband and two children. She was born and raised in Hawai’i, and identifies racially as Korean, Japanese, and Native Hawaiian.
“Home is the place where people I love most in the world live. It’s where I hide from the world and engage with the world. It’s the place where I come to rest and reflect and remember. It’s here we eat, sleep, work, contemplate, discuss, disagree, reflect, worry, fret, tease, joke, cry, yell, laugh hysterically, zone out, hang out (together, alone, with friends).”
Camille Elmore-Trummer Member Since 2016
Camille is an account manager at Brink Communications where she creates and delivers communication products for her clients to advance urban innovation, healthy communities and social justice. She previously worked for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and for former Mayor Charlie Hales as a policy advisor. Camille returned to Portland after going to graduate school and working in Chicago. Camille lives in NE Portland with her partner and 3-year-old daughter.
“Our home serves as a sanctuary space–a place for my family to rest, recharge, and prepare for the next adventure. At home, we do things that nourish our curiosity and appetites!”
Alma Flores Member Since 2020
Alma Flores is a seasoned housing, community, and economic development professional focused on leveling the playing field for marginalized communities . She has been a public servant for over 21 years in economic policy development, downtown revitalization, commercial corridor development strategies, economic and housing strategic planning development, and land use policies in cities in MA and OR. She currently serves as the Director of Housing Development for REACH CDC, a local bi-state affordable housing developer. Alma is a staunch advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion and grassroots community engagement that help improve and inform policy development. Alma firmly believes that strategies must be tailored to reflect the intentions and needs of a community—No cookie cutter approaches! Alma is a graduate of MITs Masters in City Planning with a focus on Housing, Community, and Economic Development. Alma holds her BA from UCLA where she studies immigration history and the Chicano/a movements. Alma is married to her high school sweetheart and is mother to a 17 and 20 year old.
“Home has been an important and integral part of my life. My parents struggled to bring the “American dream” to reality and faced redlining and predatory lending in Los Angeles, but they did so with the desire and expectation that their children would have a safe, warm, and healthy space to grow and adapt. I am cognizant that not everyone has a home or one that meets the needs of the family and I understand my privilege even as a second generation Latina. It is imperative that we work hard to ensure that housing is seen as a basic human right!”
Jennifer Larsen Member Since 2002
Jennifer’s participation at PHC has included the loan committee, teaching classes, assisting individual customers, and helping with Employer Assisted Housing initiatives. Jennifer’s passion is helping first time buyers realize the dream of homeownership, financial growth and stability. Her 22 year career at HomeStreet bank has focused primarily on first time buyers, understanding and utilizing down payment assistance and helping employers support a stable and engaged work force through Employer Assisted Housing programs. Jennifer manages the Portland Affinity lending group and develops and maintains Employer Assisted Housing Benefit programs for employers in the greater Portland area and SW Washington. Away from work, Jennifer is an active volunteer at her children’s school and a soccer and softball coach. She has participated on several non-profit boards. Jennifer lives with her husband, two kids and the family cat.
“My home is my safe place, where I feel comfortable and can be my most authentic self. It is my security, and security for my family both giving us a sense of place, and security of savings. At home we garden, read, play outside, are active in our immediate neighborhood, host friends, cook, laugh and relax!”
Debra Neal Member Since 2017
Debra Neal joined Portland Housing Center’s Board in 2017. Debra has over 16 years of experience in the Real Estate industry as a Realtor. She is especially dedicated to helping and encouraging first time homebuyers and has been serving on Portland Housing Center’s African American and Realtor Advisory Committees prior to joining the Board. Debra works for Realty Trust Group.
Jeff Pratuch Member Since 2018
Jeff Pratuch has been in the Financial Services field focused on Residential Mortgages for over 25 years. His current position is that of Regional Production Manager at US Bank where he has been for the last 4 years. Prior to that, he was with Washington Mutual and Chase Bank for 20 years. Jeff prides himself in mentoring leaders and making people around him better at what they do while being a trustworthy friend and coworker at the same time.
Jeff graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 1984 where he earned a BS Degree in Business Administration – Finance, Management and Marketing.
Jeff lives in Washougal Washington where he and his wife and best-friend Shannon are active in the community. They love to spend time with their German Short Hair Pointer, Gabi hiking, biking and just walking. Jeff’s hobbies are Fly Fishing and Golf.
Jenifer Wagley Member Since 2021
Jenifer is the Executive Director of Our Children Oregon. Jenifer has 15 years of experience in community development/affordable housing, grass-roots power building, and organizational leadership. Previously she served as the Deputy Director of Avenue Community Development Corporation in Houston, TX. During her tenure, she developed a nationally recognized model for place-based, community-led transformation. In 2017, she and partners received the American Planning Association’s National Planning Excellence Award for Advancing Diversity & Social Change. Subsequently, Avenue was selected for the National BUILD Health Challenge. In 2018, she was awarded the prestigious Rubinger Fellowship by the Local Initiative Support Corporation, which led her to Oregon.
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