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PCEF Committee

Diverse Portland residents are represented on the nine-member grant committee, known as the PCEF Committee, which makes funding recommendations to the Mayor and City Council and evaluates the effectiveness of how PCEF is working to achieve the goals of the initiative.

Membership of this committee must reflect the racial, ethnic, and economic diversity of the City of Portland; include at least two residents living east of 82nd Avenue; and possess significant experience in the types of projects supported by PCEF.

The PCEF Committee developed a set of principles to guide the program. These Guiding Principles describe the values by which the PCEF program is administered. The Guiding Principles complement the legislative code (PCC 7.07) and help ensure that decisions are being made in a way that aligns with the vision and values of the Committee and the community.

The Committee meets at least 10 times each calendar year, typically on the third Thursday of the month, in-person and online. Meeting details are available on our website.

Members

  • Shanice Brittany Clarke is the Director of Community Engagement at Portland Public Schools. Ms. Clarke offers deep community engagement experience, having worked directly with 75-100 community organizations annually that serve Portland’s diverse communities. In addition, Ms. Clark is a national delegate on the Climate Justice Alliance and is also a proud member of the Sunrise Movement, supporting their 4-year plan to make climate action an urgent priority in every corner of our home.

  • Faith Graham is the director of the Network for Energy, Water, and Health in Affordable Buildings, a national social impact and learning network at the intersection of affordable housing and energy efficiency. Faith was the managing director of MPower Oregon from 2012-17 and brings decades of experience in sustainable and affordable housing work. As a lawyer, Faith brings valuable legal perspective as well as experience in contract negotiations and complex real estate transactions and financing arrangements.

  • Michael Edden David Hill is a journeyman electrician who, in addition to experience in wind power design and deployment, also has expertise in construction management on one of the largest solar photo voltaic systems in the country. Mr. Hill has a solid understanding of informal support ecosystems necessary to support paths through pre/apprenticeship programs.

  • Dr. Megan Horst is an Assistant Professor in the school of Urban Studies & Planning at Portland State University. She possesses substantial urban agriculture and local food systems expertise that is recognized both locally and nationally. Ms. Horst also brings a strong equity lens and experience in food justice work.

  • Maria Gabrielle Sipin is a professional transportation planner and community health advocate whose work emphasizes the importance of investing in bicycle, pedestrian, and transit infrastructure and addressing displacement, safety, and accessibility for communities of color. She has experience working with people experiencing homelessness and LGBTQ youth in health care settings and continues to push for mobility justice and participatory budgeting through her grassroots nonprofit involvement.

  • Ranfis Villatoro is the Oregon State Coordinator for the Bluegreen Alliance where he works with labor and environmental organizations to advance climate solutions and create quality jobs. Ranfis has also worked as a community organizer for the Latino/immigrant community, including with Causa Oregon, Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality, CAPACES Leadership Institute and Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project. Ranfis has valuable experience in grantmaking, fundraising, organizing, and advocating for workforce and contract equity through community benefit frameworks and agreements.

  • Robin Wang is a seasoned business, nonprofit, and community leader with a passion for deploying capital and harnessing business to benefit the greater good. As a former owner of a sustainable lifestyle business, Mr. Wang brings a wealth of expertise in both sustainability and small business operation. Mr. Wang is the executive director of a local community development financial institution that supports underbanked entrepreneurs and serves on Prosper Portland’s Council for Economic and Racial Equity.

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