Interim Executive Director - 82nd Ave Coalition and Project Manager
Before joining Oregon Walks, Zachary had a career as a high school educator: coach, teacher, and administrator. Part of his daily work focused on supporting students of color navigate and succeed within the school system. He worked to reduce inequitable disciplinary practices by eliminating exclusionary discipline and implementing restorative practices. He partnered with Safe Routes to School on walk and roll days and the creation of a bike shop at the school. Zachary believes deeply in engaging community members and his doctoral work at the University of Oregon focused on monitoring and increasing student interest and engagement in the classroom. He believes profoundly in the transformational power of public education in a thriving democratic society. Similarly, Zachary believes that equitable access to safe, environmentally and community friendly transportation is a cornerstone of a thriving neighborhood and society as a whole. He is excited to join Oregon Walks to work along side community members as Portland reimagines 82nd Ave.
Walking Programs Manager
Danielle (she/her) is a committed climate justice organizer with experience in campaign fundraising and community engagement. In addition to working at Oregon Walks, Danielle volunteers with Sunrise Movement PDX and sits on the board of directors at Next Up Action Fund. She is passionate about transportation justice as a means of effective environmental and social infrastructure and works to promote stakeholder empowerment in grassroots organizing. Danielle moved to Portland after receiving a B.S. in International Agricultural Development at University of California at Davis where she spent time interning at the International Rescue Committee and working with a number of local non-profits while studying in the Solomon Islands and Uganda. One of her main goals in organizing work is uplifting the voices of young people so they may be empowered to create a liveable future. When not in Zoom meetings, Danielle loves to be at the Oregon coast or hanging out with all of her friends' dogs.
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.
Timur Ender - President
Timur Ender has been involved with Oregon Walks in various capacities since 2015 and joined the board in 2019. Timur is passionate about livable streets and worked with Better Block PDX to pilot temporary, low-cost improvements on SW 3rd in Old Town and Better Naito. Ever since Timur successfully infiltrated city government in 2015, he has been working diligently to make Portland’s largest public space, its streets, safer and healthier for everyone. Timur is a 2011 graduate of NC State University and 2015 graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Timur lives with his family in East Portland and enjoys watching the Thorns, cooking, and playing soccer. Board liaison to Legislative Committee.
Phil Barber - Secretary, Treasurer
Phil Barber- Raised by feminist, environmentalist, labor activists in suburban Washington DC, Phil made his way to Northwest Oregon in 2006 after studying politics and philosophy in Upstate New York. DC's urban landscape raised a walker and a transit rider, and the winding and wintry roads of New York created a car driver. Oregon built a backpacker, a cyclist and a multi-modal transportation enthusiast equally at home on his feet carefully traversing a Wy'east glacier, perched atop a bike saddle hopping MAX tracks, or gleefully dodging potholes on an e-scooter. After 7 years connecting communities and managing volunteers with Sunday Parkways, Phil now looks to redouble his commitments to racial equity, intersectional feminism and transportation justice through Oregon Walks as a future member of the Board.
Jasmine Gordovez works as the Client Services Coordinator at Community Warehouse. Her work allows her to engage with lots of different families and individuals who live in East Portland and Washington County. She comes to this work bringing her perspective as a parent, a woman of color, and as a daughter whose parents live in East Portland. In her spare time, Jasmine likes to go on long runs, explore different parks with her kiddo and partner, Matt, and start craft projects that she only half finishes. Board liaison to Equity and Communications Committees.
Having done organizing work in the Pacific Northwest for five years, Anna Kemper’s passions and experience overlap in the arena of affordable housing, climate justice, and transportation justice. By day, she works in the renewable energy industry and volunteers in her free time at Sunrise PDX, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Portland: Neighbors Welcome, and the General Defence committee. She is currently working as the Field Director for Chris Smith's campaign for metro, and brings a youth climate justice perspective to the Oregon Walks board.
Brendon Haggerty is a Northwest native, having moved to Portland from Seattle in 2007. As a research analyst for Multnomah County Health Department, Brendon spends his time analyzing the ways that neighborhoods shape health. Trained as an urban planner, he brings expertise in policy and data analysis to his role on the board of Oregon Walks. He also brings the experience of two decades of car-free living, getting around primarily on foot. Board liaison to Fundraising and Plans/Projects Committees
I have lived in the city of Portland, Oregon, for 75% of my life and I’ve raised my family here. I have worked at Oregon Health & Science University for the past 20 years. I stand strong as a proud union member for AFSCME Local 328 for which I am an executive officer and board member, I serve as an executive board member for Oregon AFSCME Council 75, and I am on the Portland Bureau of Transportation Fixing Our Street citizen oversight committee.
It is one of my top priorities to be involved in and with our community. While I enjoy doing this work, it is equally important to me that my young adult sons see and understand what it means to serve and contribute towards the community in which we live. I believe modeling these actions for the younger generations is key.
My favorite hobbies are reading, viewing movies, and listening to music. I also love puzzles, traveling, going on day drives, nature, watching the sunset and gazing at the stars.
I’m delighted to serve on the Oregon Walks Board. The role is an amalgamation of my passion for walking, city planning, outreach, volunteerism and way finding. It’s an honor and pleasure to assume this role. I look forward to discovering and collaborating with you as we strengthen our community one walk at a time.