Council for Economic and Racial Equity

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Council for Economic and Racial Equity2019-09-11T10:31:49+00:00

Council for Economic and Racial Equity

Mayra Arreola, Director of Equity, Governance and Communications, 503-823-3237 or email
Court Morse, Equity and Inclusion Program Manager, 503-823-3193 or email

The Prosper Portland Council for Economic and Racial Equity (CERE) is a group of individuals who have unique skills, experience, and expertise in the development and implementation of equitable economic development, and who will advise and guide our agency in achieving our equity goals.

With the adoption of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan by the Prosper Portland Board of Commissioners on May 13, 2015, the agency committed to build an economy that works for everyone, especially for communities of color and communities that have not traditionally benefitted from economic opportunities. Prosper Portland’s Equity Policy plays a critical role, ensuring implementation and monitoring of agency wide equitable practices.

Roles and Responsibilities

Members are entrusted to oversee the implementation and assess the progress of Prosper Portland’s Equity Policy. They will help to ensure racial and economic equity are the primary lenses used in Prosper Portland’s policies, programs, projects, and strategies to advance equitable outcomes. Initially, the major responsibilities will be to:

  • Ensure the agency is accountable to its Equity Policy and to assess its progress in meeting its goals.
  • Provide oversight on public benefit agreement frameworks for the City of Portland’s Enterprise Zone Policy
  • Review and provide input on quarterly Prosper Portland outcomes and impact reporting
  • Identify potential partnerships and assist in making connections between Prosper Portland historically underserved populations (or communities).


Prosper Portland announced a call for nominees to serve as members of CERE and received a robust response from an excellent group of applicants with the skills to ensure racial and economic equity are the primary lenses the organization uses in its policies, strategies and projects to advance equitable outcomes. CERE members represent diverse backgrounds, experience or expertise relevant to delivering on equity initiatives and outcomes in community and economic development, including:

  • Culturally responsive service provision and policy making
  • Small business development
  • Diverse contracting and workforce
  • Public benefit agreements
  • Community leadership and engagement
  • Workforce development and hiring

Members of CERE reflect Portland’s racial demographic makeup (i.e., diversity in ethnicity, age, gender, and geography).

Cole Reed, GreenHAUS Gallery – Co-Chair
Rana Uzzaman, Portland Youth Builders – Co-Chair
Michael Burch, NW Carpenters Union
Freda Ceaser, Central City Concern
Christine Chin-Ryan, Synergy Consulting, Inc.
Michelle DePass, Portland Housing Bureau
James Faison, Faison Construction
Kelly Haines, Worksystems Inc.
Mary Li, Multnomah County
E.D. Mondaine, Celebration Tabernacle, Po’Shines, President – NAACP
Kheoshi Owens, Empress Rules
Tyrone Poole, OneApp
Ranfis Villatoro, BlueGreen Alliance
Robin Wang, Ascent Funding


CERE meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of every month.