April 16, 2015
The Portland Development Commission has named Charri Schairer as neighborhood manager. She will manage a team of six to promote PDC’s neighborhood revitalization and economic opportunity programs and projects, with particular focus on commercial corridor vitality and community development. She’ll work closely with community leaders, private and public sector partners, policy makers, and private foundations.
Most recently, Schairer has consulted with the Housing Development Center on developing and preserving affordable housing and community facilities. She spent ten years leading professional teams at private development and project management firms – specifically Hill International, AIMCO and Lennar – where she managed the development of large urban master planned communities and multi-family affordable housing and infrastructure projects from feasibility through financing, construction, and closing.
She also has past experience managing commercial, residential, infrastructure and community development projects within redevelopment and community development agencies in California. Schairer holds a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s in social welfare and public policy from University of California, Berkeley.
PDC has also hired Tory Campbell as senior business development coordinator for the community economic development team. Campbell will work with neighborhood businesses primarily in the Lents Town Center, Gateway Regional Center, and Interstate urban renewal areas.
Campbell has a strong background in business and non-profit development and most recently worked for Microenterprise Services of Oregon (MESO) as a business development specialist, providing technical assistance and mentorship to small businesses in areas of business plan development, marketing, financial management, and strategic planning.
Prior to working at MESO, Tory spent more than 20 years working in the nonprofit world in community building, strategic planning, and project and financial management to create and support relationally healthy, multiethnic communities around matters of faith, equity, and justice. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oregon State University, and grew up in southeast Portland near the Lents corridor, graduating from the former John Marshall High School.