Historical Markers Leadership Committee
The Historical Markers Leadership Committee (HMLC) was formed to review and select the stories that will be the inspiration for the markers and to review and identify the artist or artist team that will bring this project to life.
We are grateful for this dedicated group of volunteers for sharing their time to make the Alberta Street Historical Markers Project project a success.
|Cobi Lewis is Vice President at Umpqua Bank where she is the Director of Corporate Community Reinvestment Act and Community Development Corporate Communications. Prior to joining Umpqua Bank, Lewis worked at the global nonprofit One Economy Corporation. The agency provides access to technology, training, support and online content to millions of people around the world. Lewis is extremely active in the community and sits on many boards across the state, including the Board of Directors for the Black United Fund of Oregon. Lewis attended the University of Oregon, and is a proud Duck supporter. She is an avid reader, and proud mother of three.|
|Isis Harris was born and raised in Portland, and resides in the NE Portland neighborhood she grew up in. Upon completing the Constructing Hope Pre-Apprenticeship Program, she decided on a career in a skilled trade seeking to become a Journeymen Electrician. She is currently a fourth term apprentice, in the 5-year IBEW Local 48 apprenticeship program. Isis volunteers with many community service agencies and advisory committees around Portland and is a 2017 Fellow of the New Leaders Council, an organization whose mission is to train new progressive and diverse leaders. Isis is passionate about shaping public policy, issues addressing incarceration and rehabilitation for the common good of Oregonians, and entrepreneurship as a way to improve working families’ quality of life working with community-based organizations, unions and government agencies.|
|Jeremy Okai Davis was born Charlotte, NC and received a BFA in Painting from UNC-Charlotte. After a few years of trying to push through the North Carolina art scene relocated to Portland, OR in 2007. Splitting his time as a graphic designer and fine artist for the last 10+ years, he also works in the public art world having completed his first mural over the summer of 2017. In his work, color use and fidelity to his subjects make them feel alive, but without being too literal. The work feels really light at first glance, but on closer examination of text and posture, the work is full of conflict, an exploration of the contrast between the shiny, smiling exterior that is frequently presented on the surface and the inner, self-conscious, status obsessed mind state that so many of us endure beneath it all.
|Meghan Bean is a Senior Research and Evaluation Analyst with Multnomah County's Department of Community Services where she conducts research to support a diverse set of county services including elections, animal welfare, transportation, and land use planning. Meghan and her husband Jonathan moved to the Concordia neighborhood in 2013 and began volunteering with Alberta Main Street soon after. You can usually find them out and about on Alberta Street with their foster and forever dogs.|
|Chicago-born poet and emcee Michael (Mic) Crenshaw fell in love with music at a young age while living in Minneapolis. His teenage years were challenging as he actively confronted white supremacist gangs that were a growing part of the hard-core music scene. He eventually chose to escape the violence and move to Portland, where he quickly became one of the most respected artists in the NW. His community efforts have had both local and international impact. In addition to his highly-acclaimed work in spoken word and Hip Hop, Mic co-founded GlobalFam, a non-profit project to create and maintain a computer center for disadvantaged youth in Burundi, Central Africa. Mic is also currently the lead U.S. organizer for the Afrikan Hiphop Caravan and tours annually throughout Africa with African Hip Hop collectives.|
|Mitchell Snyder (bio coming soon)|
|Naim Hasan is a professional photographer and owns Naim Hasan Photography (NHP). Established in 2002, NHP provides photographic services to a diverse population of business and personal clients. Prior to pursuing his passion for photography, Naim enjoyed a successful 14 year career in the telecommunications industry, earning several awards for top sales, marketing and management performance. He also has 15 years of experience as a Taekwondo practitioner and award winning competitor, including a gold medal at the 1988 US Olympic Trials. In 1988, Naim represented the USA at the Olympic games in Seoul, South Korea. Naim was born and raised in NE Portland. He attended Irvington Elementary School, graduated from Grant High School, and earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Portland State University.|
|Symone Sparrow is an Education Specialist at Black United Fund of Oregon. She is a fourth generation Portland native and has resided in the Boise-Elliot neighborhood in North Portland since the VanPort Flood in 1948. Most of her family attended and graduated from Jefferson High School…GO DEMOS!|
|Sydney Nicole Wallis is the Historical Markers Project intern.|