Board of Commissioners

Our Commissioners volunteer their time to establish Home Forward policy, approve our annual budget, and hire our Executive Director.

Four Commissioners represent the City of Portland, two represent the City of Gresham, and two represent Multnomah County. A ninth member, who participates in one of Home Forward’s housing programs, represents our residents and program participants. Commissioners are recommended from the area they serve, appointed by the Mayor of Portland, and approved by the Portland City Council, and serve for four-year, renewable terms.

 

 photo of Damien HallDamien Hall - Chair

“Quality, stable housing is the foundation that allows people to break the cycle of generational poverty.  I’m excited to help guide our community’s largest provider of affordable housing in its work to provide people with that opportunity.”

Damien Hall brings legal expertise in land use, urban planning, and real estate development, as well as extensive civic involvement to the board of commissioners. He is an attorney at Ball Janik LLP, where he has helped both property owners and governments navigate land use requirements and work collaboratively to establish common objectives. He is a member of the Portland Development Commission’s Central City Budget Advisory Committee and serves on the board of non-profit Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. Previously, he chaired PDC’s Urban Renewal Advisory Committee for the Oregon Convention Center area and participated in the development agency’s Advisory Committee for Economic Development in N/NE Portland. He received his degree at law from Lewis and Clark College and has a Bachelor’s Degree in public policy, planning, and management from the University of Southern California.

 

photo of Matthew GebhartMatthew Gebhardt - Vice Chair

"I strongly believe that safe, stable, and affordable housing is vital for health and well-being. I am excited to help Home Forward sustain their current portfolio while continuing to develop new housing for people experiencing poverty across our community."

Matthew Gebhart is an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. He has spent the last fifteen years studying housing authorities, and recently worked with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on the Choice Neighborhood Initiative. Matthew holds one of the City of Portland's seats on the Home Forward Board of Commissioners. He received his MA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned a PhD in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

 

photo of Mary Ann HermanMary Ann Herman - Chair Emeritus

“I am committed to helping people who have less, whether it’s shaping strategies that help them stay in their homes as they age or lending my expertise to a real estate development that will provide affordable homes.”

Mary Ann “Miki” Herman has extensive executive experience in real estate development and management, finance, strategic planning, and procurement.  She was a member of the senior management team that catapulted Starbucks to national market leadership and went on to executive roles at The Discovery Channel Store, Nau, Inc., and Sears.  She is a Foundation Board Trustee and Chair of the Volunteer Board of the Albertina Kerr Centers, where she has led the development of a new and transformative business strategy for the 34-year shops and restaurants' entrepreneurs to help them become successful.                                           

  

Jenny Kim, Board Treasurer

Jenny Kim - Treasurer

"I look forward to a time when everyone in our community has a safe, stable and affordable place to call home.  Serving on this board is an amazing opportunity to listen to the people we serve and to work with my colleagues to equitably deliver the housing, programs, and services they need."

Jenny Kim holds one of the two Multnomah County seats on the Board of Commissioners and brings more than 20 years of board experience from organizations like the National Korean American Coalition, Portland Montessori School, and American Cancer Society. She graduated from the University of California with a degree in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Jenny has a proven track record of helping organizations grow and meet new challenges and she has been a dedicated leader in our community for many years.  

 

TH BOCTomiRene Hettman - Commissioner

“I joined the Home forward board as my way to show my appreciation for housing, which has helped to save my life.  I am deeply committed to Home Forward’s mission and I want to do all that I can to help the agency fulfill this mission.  I feel that, because of my own personal experiences and my long commitment to helping to build support in and around my own community, I am able to give a voice to the disenfranchised.”  

TomiRene Hettman holds one of the five City of Portland seats on the Board as Home Forward’s Resident Commissioner.  Hettman has been a resident at Hollywood East Apartments since 2009. She brings her personal experiences and history of recurring homelessness to this position.  She has served on Home Forward’s Resident Advisory Committee and has an impressive list of volunteer experiences, not only within her Home Forward community, but including the Hollywood Farmer’s Market, Lean on Me Program, Humane Society and as a housing advocate serving on congressional roundtables.

 

photo of David WidmarkDavid Widmark - Commissioner

“Serving on the Home Forward board provides an opportunity to raise the bar on housing conditions throughout Multnomah County. When housing improves, the overall quality of life in the community improves too.”

David Widmark brings deep experience in the public sector to the Board, and was the first person from East County to serve as Chair.  He is a Gresham City Councilor who has served four previous times on the Gresham Council since 1996, including two years as President. His volunteer public service involves numerous committee and task force assignments, including the Gresham Planning Commission, which he chaired for five of the seven years he served. He retired from a 36-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, where he was most recently their Public Affairs Officer in the Pacific Northwest and Washington, DC.

 

Richard Anderson, Board CommissionerRichard Anderson - Commissioner

“I’m proud to represent the City of Gresham on the board and I am committed to helping Home Forward serve people in need of safe and stable housing across Multnomah County by offering my experience in real estate development and finance to this important organization.”

Richard Anderson is a seasoned Chief Financial Officer with extensive experience in all finance and accounting functions, including reporting and analysis, budgeting, debt financing, contract review and management, insurance, risk management, and leadership.  He earned an MBA from the University of Washington, Foster School of Business.  Richard also serves on the Gresham Finance and Budget Committees and sits on the city’s Planning Commission.

  

VS BOCVivian Satterfield- Commissioner

“Home is the most important place; it’s where we all start and end our days.  Having safe, decent and affordable housing is an essential foundation for any individual to actualize their full potential.  Too many in our communities are struggling to maintain access to housing – a human right – due to the lack of affordability and other factors.  Public opinion of livability in the region is closely tied to visible symptoms stemming from the lack of housing affordability.  I aim to bring an intersectional approach rooted in my experience working at the intersection of housing, transportation, and health, and will seek to learn and grow alongside my colleagues.”

Vivian Satterfield holds one of the two Multnomah County seats on the Home Forward Board.  She brings a wealth of background and expertise rooted in a deep understanding and practical application of environmental justice, which operates at the juncture of economic, racial and social justice.  Vivian is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Verde, has worked at Opal Environmental Justice Oregon, and spent five years creating affordable housing opportunities at Rose Community Development.