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Mayor Ted Wheeler appoints Nike Greene as Director for the Office of Youth Violence Prevention

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Greene brings over ten years of experience in mentoring, youth violence prevention and interruption, community engagement and management

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Mayor Ted Wheeler has appointed Nike Greene to be the next Director for the Office of Youth Violence Prevention (OYVP). Greene joins the Mayor’s office from the Portland’5 Center for Performing Arts where she currently serves as the Director of Education and Community Engagement. She is also currently a licensed marriage and family therapist, and ministers alongside her husband Pastor Herman Greene at Abundant Life PDX Church in North Portland. Greene has over ten years of experience in management, community engagement, re-entry, youth advocacy, mentoring and youth violence prevention and interruption.

“Nike Greene endeavors to bring healing, inspiration and a message of hope to all she serves through her tireless community engagement,” Mayor wheeler said. “We’re confident she will continue the positive and powerful work being done by the OYVP to support communities to live free from violence and to offer trauma informed care to those who need it the most.”

Greene—with a passion for collaborative communities, education, engaged families and celebrating diversity—has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University and a BA degree from Warner Pacific University. She replaces Antoinette Edwards who retired in July, 2019 after 10 years as Director of the OYVP.

On a personal note, Greene is a proud mother to 4 amazing children who share in her passion and leadership and coaches Girls basketball at Roosevelt High School.

Her first day as Director of the OYVP will be Tuesday, Nov. 12.