|Verde Board of Directors|
David Harmon, Co-Chair
David Harmon is a commercial capital consultant with a 23-year background in commercial banking, investment banking, and operations. He started his career at Wells Fargo Bank in 1988, and most recently worked for US Bank's Portland middle market commercial group. In the interim, he was an investment analyst with a Hong Kong investment bank, and chief operating officer of a Portland-based plastics manufacturing firm. He also spent 4 years at Shorebank Pacific, a unique bank with a mission to invest with the intent to create economic equity and a healthy environment. David serves as the Board's point person for financial management, and is the Board liaison to the Verde Energy Advisors.
Mark Griswold Wilson, Co-Chair
Mark Wilson has been cultivating his expertise in the arts and sciences of horticulture, environmental and science education, and ecological restoration and management for over three decades. He currently serves as restoration ecologist for the Lower Willamette watershed with Portland Parks and Recreation, where he oversees environmental restoration projects in Portland's natural area parks. As a lifelong practitioner and educator, he has made presentations throughout the Pacific Northwest and organized trainings and seminars under the auspices of Cascadia Landscape, the Society for Ecological Restoration, and the Society of Wetland Scientists. Mark's extensive experience and expertise makes him an asset to Verde's Board. He is the Board liaison to the Verde Nursery Advisors.
Peter Finley Fry, Treasurer
Peter Fry has extensive experience collaborating with state-wide, regional, and private sector entities on land use issues. As a land use planning and design consultant, he effectively works with multiple stakeholders to fulfill private enterprise and environmental objectives. An international speaker at conferences on urban strategies for sustainable development, Peter also gives back to his local community by serving on boards, committees and in public office, including previous terms on Multnomah County Planning Commission and the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District Board. Peter serves as Verde's Board Treasurer, on the Verde Finance Advisors, and as a Board liaison to the Let Us Build Cully Park! Advisors.
Kate brings more than 20 years' experience in affordable housing policy, finance and development to Verde. Since 2008 she has worked for the City of Portland Housing Bureau, leading the agency's efforts to leverage improved outcomes for residents of affordable housing by building linkages with workforce training and jobs, education, and transportation. She previously served as the Oregon/SW Washington Director for Enterprise Community Investment. Kate became a Board member in 2011, and serves on the Verde Finance Advisors.
Rafael was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and has lived in Oregon for 22 years. He has 4 children ages 21, 15, 8 and 6, and enjoys playing basketball with his kids and watching soccer during his free time. Rafael was part of the first group of Lideres Verdes, a group of community leaders compensated by Verde to participate in up to 100 hours of training in community organizing. Rafael lives in the Cully neighborhood, and joined the Board in September 2012. He serves as the Board liaison to the Verde Outreach Advisors.
A second generation Oregonian, Johnell has been working for educational equality and social justice since he was the young age of 14 years. Currently Johnell is the Director of Diversity and Transit Equity for TriMet, where he leads the agency's efforts in promoting diversity in decision-making. Prior, Johnell served as Field Representative to U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, where he represented the Senator in Multnomah County. He currently serves on the American Leadership Forum of Oregon, and his prior community involvement includes co-founder and board secretary of the Black Parent Initiative and several volunteer committees. Johnell became a Board member in 2011, and serves as a Board liaison to the Let Us Build Cully Park! Advisors.
Roberto is a native Oregonian. He has been the Executive Director of FHDC (Farmworker Housing Development Corporation) since 2005. Roberto has over 16 years of leadership experience founding and managing non-profits with a strong focus on organizational development. He has a background in Training, Writing, and Communications for both non-profits and in the private sector. The son of a former farmworker, his ancestors settled in what is now New Mexico in 1550, and his family moved to Oregon in 1950. Roberto joined the Board in 2011, and serves on the Verde Finance Advisors.
Brenda Reyes is a resident of the Cully Neighborhood where she owns and operates a convenience store with her husband. A former resident of Hacienda CDC housing, she remains engaged with the community through her work. As a community member and small business owner, Brenda's interests as a Board Member include economic development and Verde's financial operation, as well as youth welfare and engagement. Her insight into the community combined with her business experience makes her an asset to Verde's Board. Brenda is also a Board liaison to the Verde Landsapce Advisors.