Team

Staff

Inna Levin, Interim Executive Director

Inna has been Oregon Walks’ Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator since September 2015. Before coming to OW, she worked at SW Community Health Clinic, where she managed approximately 100 volunteer medical professionals; the Campus Sustainability Office at Portland State University, where she led an effort to reduce vehicular idling; and on the Transportation Team in Former Portland Mayor Sam Adams’ office where she worked on passing horse-drawn carriage regulations. She has a BA from PSU, where she studied Community Development and Sustainable Urban Planning and co-founded the PSU Student Union. Inna has never owned a car and cites Portland’s walkability as a main reason she moved here from Philly ten years ago. She enjoys walks (obviously!), drinks, naps, and snacks.  

 

Izzy Armenta, Transportation Justice Advocate

Izzy joined Oregon Walks as the Transportation Justice Advocate in March 2017. Before joining Oregon Walks he served two AmeriCorps terms with Green Lents, helping them build capacity and leading a livability survey project to better understand livability concerns and ways to address them using the community's voice as the guiding principle. Before he found his way to Portland he was working with different organizations in Los Angeles ranging from voter registration in Spanish-speaking communities, increasing innovative teaching methods, to building school gardens. When he's not working he also serves on the board of Confluence Environmental Center, watches cheesy horror films, and listens to punk records at inappropriately high levels. 

Emily Lehr, Operations Assitant

Emily has joined Oregon Walks in March as the Operations Assistant, and steps into this role after several years as an active volunteer. Emily has an extensive background in both administration and rabble rousing, and has worked in both corporate and activist settings to make change while keeping things very organized. Her prior social justice work has included fights for educational equity and fair housing justice. She has a BS from Portland State in Sociology. In her free time, Emily loves to wander St Johns with her five year old, make and eat elaborate messes in her tiny kitchen, take weird photographs, and stay up way too late reading longform non-fiction.

 

 

Board Members

Officers

Sama Shagaga, President 

Sama joined the Board of Oregon Walks in Summer of 2016. His passion for Oregon Walks comes from working with minority populations with high stakes in walkable streets. In the past, he worked as the Impact and Communications Manager at Community Vision, a non-profit serving individuals and families experiencing Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Currently, he is a project manager with Swaim Strategies. Sama has 10 years of non-profit experience, having previously worked with youth experiencing homelessness at New Avenues for Youth, the YMCA of Greater Seattle, and Roots Shelter. A Portland native, he spends his time wandering Northwest trails with his puppy, experimenting with sub-par batches of wild yeast homebrew, and cheering his hometown teams.

Kari Schlosshauer, Vice President 

Kari Schlosshauer joined the Oregon Walks Board in July 2014. Kari is the Pacific Northwest Regional Policy Manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. She has more than ten years of experience advocating for safer and more walkable communities around the globe, including managing small-scale walking and bicycling grant projects at the Department of Transport in Melbourne, Australia; and in Seattle managing education and advocacy projects for Transportation Choices Coalition and Cascade Bicycle Club. She has also lived and worked in Copenhagen, Berlin, and Vienna, where she was able to experience first-hand results of excellent pedestrian-oriented urban design. Kari has lived in the northwest for more than 20 years and loves to spend her off time in pursuit of pine-tree ringed lakes, Pinot Grigio, finding new ways to carry large objects without the use of a car, in the kitchen and garden, and laughing a lot with her jazz-funk-physics-professor husband and two small boys.

Laura Becker, Secretary

Laura brings more than 14 years of nonprofit experience to her role at Oregon Walks. She is currently the Operations Manager at Northeast Coalition of Neighbors. She is a governance guru with expertise in Board policies and procedures, corporate record keeping, grants management and administration. She was most recently Director of Operations at Venture Portland, which invests in the smart, strategic growth of Portland's unique neighborhood business districts. Her work strengthened the infrastructure of Portland's 50 nonprofit business district associations city-wide. Laura represents Oregon Walks on the Portland Bureau of Transportation's Budget Advisory Committee.

Bob Kellett, Treasurer and Plans & Projects Committee Board Liaison

Bob joined the Oregon Walks board in 2017. He is the Board Liaison to the Plans and Projects Committee. He is currently a transportation planner with the Portland Bureau of Transportation. He previously worked as the Active Transportation Coordinator at Portland Community College. Bob has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Portland State University and has performed transportation and land use planning work for SE Uplift, TriMet, City of Tigard, and Metro. In the past, he has worked as a grant writer and fundraiser for Portland-area nonprofit organizations including the Community Cycling Center and Mercy Corps. In his time off, Bob enjoys chasing after his two sons, cheering on the Portland Timbers, and writing.

 

Members-At-Large

Heather Jackson joined the Oregon Walks Board in September 2014. She is a Certified Public Accountant working at Dougall Conradie LLC and has been in public accounting since 1998.  She is highly experienced in tax planning and preparation of tax returns for closely-held multi-state businesses and individuals, accounting services, preparation of compiled and reviewed financial statements, QuickBooks consulting, and overall business consulting. Heather is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants.  She is a graduate of the University of Portland.

Alexis Gabriel is a Portland, Oregon-based program development, community engagement, and strategic communication specialists. After completing a dual degree at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in marketing (MBA) and sustainable development (MAIEP), she was drawn to Portland for its commitment to being a sustainable and livable city! Since then she has had the exciting opportunity to help it retain that position through her work in placemaking, planning, active transportation program management, and more. Excited to make a positive impact inside and outside of work, she serves as the Vice Co-Chair for the Emerging Leaders Board, volunteers with Women in Transportation and is thrilled to be a part of the Oregon Walks board. In her free time, you can find her reading Sci-Fi, jamming to K-pop, or walking/biking somewhere awesome.

Scott Kocher joined the Oregon Walks Board in September 2014. He is a native Oregonian and a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College. He worked as an attorney at Oregon's largest law firm from 2001 to 2006, when he became a partner of Vangelisti Kocher LLP. He established Forum Law Group in 2013. Scott also holds a top rating of 10.0 from the non-paid attorney rating site, avvo.com. Scott served on Portland's Pedestrian Advisory Committee for a number of years, stepping down recently. Scott is the Board Liaison to Oregon Walks' Legislative and Policy Advisory Committee. 

Sara Morrissey is the Public Affairs Manager at Travel Oregon. Prior to this new role, she was the Levy Ready Columbia River Manager at Multnomah County Drainage District for four years. Sara is a graduate of the Masters in Urban and Regional Planning program at Portland State University and brings with her a wide breadth of knowledge about transportation planning and community involvement. From research for the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium and Oregon Modeling Collaborative, to work for the Oregon DOT and Parametrix, Sara is connected within the transportation industry as well as multiple transportation projects in the Portland region. She is interested in working with the Latino community and developing engaging models for public involvement instead of the standard open house model. The American Institute of Certified Planners named Sara the Outstanding Student of the Year at Portland State University in 2012 and Portland State named Sara the recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Community Engagement. When she isn't volunteering, fundraising or planning you can find Sara backpacking in the Oregon woods or sipping on a refreshing pint of beer from Thunder Island Brewing.