This page originally published Thursday 9.23.21; updated Thursday 1.25.23
Streets to Stability Team
Chariti Montez (she / they)
Houselessness Strategies Manager
Chariti previously served as Senior Advisor to Commissioner Ryan and as the liaison to the Bureau of Development Services and the Portland Housing Bureau, and currently serves as Project Manager for the Streets to Stability effort—Chariti is leading Commissioner Ryan's effort to build six Safe Rest Villages before the end of 2021. Chariti has worked for the City of Portland since 2010. Most recently she led the City’s food security efforts in response to COVID-19 and managed the Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Free For All programs, including Free Lunch + Play, Concerts and Movies in the Park, and the Washington Park Summer Festival. Chariti is passionate about the arts, equity, and placemaking.
Chariti enjoys earthen architecture, playing Mexican folk music, growing flowers, and spending time with friends and family in Mexico. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies from The Evergreen State College.
Jake Dornblaser (he / him)
Jake Dornblaser most recently served as the Vaccine Operations Chief with the City’s Emergency Coordination Center, working to create access to the COVID-19 vaccine for Portland’s BIPOC, houseless, and other marginalized communities typically underserved by the health care system. Prior to that, he worked with houseless and other marginalized communities at Outside In. Jake is passionate about serving our most underserved neighbors and fostering communities where everyone can thrive.
Bryan Aptekar (he / him)
Bryan Aptekar joins the team after 20 years at Portland Parks & Recreation in several roles—all of which focused on collaboration with community partners and stakeholders and maintaining public lands as safe and accessible places for all. His past projects range from managing the public process for skatepark siting for the Skatepark System Plan, to policy development and serving as a liaison to park partners and Friends groups. He managed the Portland Loo® program and led efforts to ensure hygiene access in parks through the COVID pandemic. Bryan is committed to ensure those impacted by decisions are included in the decision-making process.
Laudie Porter (she / they)
Community Engagement Coordinator
Laudie Porter serves as the Community Engagement Coordinator. She comes from 4 years of nonprofit database management, helping organizations ranging from SPOON to the Children’s Book Bank build sustainable data hygiene practices. She previously worked for Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Commissioner Dan Ryan in Constituent Services roles.
Laudie is a lifelong Portlander. She also works hard to keep her two cats, Tao and Tulip, in line. She holds a double B.A. in Theater Arts and Psychology from Carleton College.
Michelle Ladd (she / her)
Asset Construction Project Manager
Michelle has been with the City of Portland since 2000. She is currently working on developing sites for the Safe Rest Villages. Previously she served as one of the Project Managers for the Portland Building Renovation Project. On this project, Michelle managed the move out of 1700 employees to various locations throughout the City of Portland as well as the move back into the Portland Building. Michelle is passionate about working with the underrepresented and people from diverse backgrounds - she feels it is important that their voices be heard. Michelle enjoys outdoor concerts, paddle boarding, traveling and, spending time with friends and family.
Mike Johnson (he / him)
Mike works for the OMF Grants Management Division and serves as the teams fiscal support person. He has been employed as a public administration professional for over 30 years in budget and finance related jobs, including the budget offices in the cities of Fresno, California and Portland, Oregon; and as the Finance Manager for the Portland Housing Bureau.