Council for Economic and Racial Equity

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Council for Economic and Racial Equity2017-08-17T10:50:06+00:00

Council for Economic and Racial Equity

Contact: Justin Douglas, Policy Manager, 503-823-4579 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).


In August Prosper Portland announced a call for nominees to serve as members of CERE.  We received a robust response from an excellent group of applicants with the skills to ensure racial and economic equity are the primary lenses Prosper Portland 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).

Ernesto Fonseca, Hacienda CDC
Kheoshi Owens, PCRI
Luis Martin Del Campo, Norris Beggs & Simpson
Mary Li, Multnomah County
Robin Wang, Ascent Funding
Tyrone Poole, No App Fee
Cole Reed, GreenHAUS Gallery
Elbert Mondaine, Celebration Tabernacle, Po’Shines
James Faison, Faison Construction
Ranfis Villatoro, Anti-Displacement PDX
Noni Causey, Black Educational  Achievement Movement (BEAM)
Lori Baumann, Liuna
Christine Chin-Ryan, Synergy Consulting, Inc
Sara Nelson, Jaguar/Land Rover
Alexander Flores, Daimler Trucks North America
Ana Meza, Rose CDC
Pau Gaulnam, Paulmang, Division Midway Alliance
JT Flowers, Office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Michelle DePass, Portland Housing Bureau
Freda Ceaser, Central City Concern
Kelly Haines, Worksystems Inc.
Michael Burch, NW Carpenters Union
Rana Uzzaman, Portland Youth Builders


In its first year, the group will meet quarterly as follows. Meetings are expected to be 1.5 – 2 hours in length. Members may also be asked to participate on ad hoc sub-committees to address specific initiatives and projects related to delivering on the Equity Policy.

Kick-Off                                November 16, 2017, 10-12 noon

Projects Tour                       December 8, 2017, 9-12 noon

Quarter 1 Meeting              January 12, 12-2 pm

Quarter 2 Meeting              April 13, 12-2 pm

Quarter 3 Meeting              July 13, 12-2 pm

Quarter 4 Meeting              October 12, 12-2 pm