Planning Committee for the 2018 Oregon Housing ConferenceAndy Miller is Executive Director of Human Solutions, a leader in poverty prevention, homelessness services, and affordable housing in Multnomah County. Human Solutions has an annual operating budget of over $10 million, and owns over 700 units of affordable housing.
Andy is a former board member for Family Forward Oregon and Community Partners for Affordable Housing.
Prior to coming to Human Solutions, Andy served as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Housing and Enterprise Operations with Volunteers of America Oregon. He spent thirteen years with the City of Portland’s Housing Bureau, including Executive Leadership positions as the Bureau Operations Manager and Deputy Director. During Andy’s time with the City of Portland, Miller had a successful track record of developing, preserving and advocating for resources to fund effective community-based solutions for homelessness and the development of hundreds of units of affordable housing.
Martha McLennan took the helm as the Executive Director at Northwest Housing Alternatives in 2002 and has led the agency in expanding its portfolio of affordable housing, creating state of the art asset management skills and delivering effective resident services programs.
Prior to joining NHA, Ms. McLennan held various community development positions over 22 years with the City of Portland and Portland Development Commission. She serves on the Des Moines Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and the boards of the Oregon Facilities Authority and the Housing Oregon. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific’s Raymond College and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Neighborworks executive education program, “Achieving Excellence in Community Development.”
Jim Hlava is the Vice-President of Housing for Cascadia Behavioral HealthCare as well as the President of Cascadia Housing, Inc. Jim graduated from Portland State University in 1985 with a Masters Degree in Social Work and is a licensed clinical social worker in Oregon. He has worked for the past 31 years at Cascadia, with the first 20 years focused on delivering, developing and managing case management, employment and housing programs.
For the past 10 years, Jim’s focus has been on the property side of Cascadia’s housing portfolio, specifically related to managing existing properties, developing new properties and connecting our clients, our programs and our properties in ways to support people and to improve the health and lives of those who live in our housing.
Rachael Duke started as the executive director at Community Partners for Affordable Housing in 2015 with a long history working in the affordable housing sector, including 15 years at Home Forward and seven years at the City of Portland’s Bureau of Housing and Community Development. At Home Forward Rachael spent the last few years of her tenure focused on housing people with multiple housing barriers while collaborating with health care agencies and service agencies to address those barriers.
Rachael has served on numerous boards including Jewish Family Child Services and Peninsula Children’s Center. She is currently on the board of Housing Oregon. She is a trained mediator and facilitator and holds a Masters of Urban Studies from Portland State University and a BA from Oberlin College (Ohio).
Lisa Naito has over 25 years of experience building relationships with leaders in Oregon and working for positive public policy. She learns about her client’s objectives and develops unique strategies to achieve winning results. Since 2010, Lisa has successfully represented clients in the Oregon State Legislature, with Oregon’s Congressional delegation, at METRO and to counties and cities in Oregon. Lisa knows how to navigate the systems of government and how decisions are made.
Born in Portland, Lisa grew up in Corvallis and graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas. After obtaining her law degree from the University of Oregon and passing the Oregon State Bar, she served as a Deputy District Attorney in Multnomah County and then in the private practice of law. She was elected to the Oregon Legislature as a State Representative in 1990, later served as a METRO Councilor and also as a Multnomah County Commissioner.
Jason Renaud is coordinator of the Oregon Housing Conference and the Northwest Law & Mental Health Conference. He’s been an advocate for people in recovery from addiction and mental illness and worked for nonprofit organizations in Oregon and Washington State wearing executive, communications, development and clinical hats for over 30 years.
Jason produced, along with filmmaker Brian Lindstrom, the award-winning documentary, Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse, the catalyst to Portland’s police accountability reforms and the Federal lawsuit USDOJ v. City of Portland. He is a frequent speaker to legal and public health agencies on criminal justice reform and it’s relation to recovery from addiction and mental illness.