Chair / President / Communications / Treasurer/ NECN Exec Board Member & Humboldt Rep
Kymberly Jeka is The Humboldt Neighborhood Association’s current Board Chair/President, presiding since October 2018. She hails from Chicagoland, having moved to Portland in 2007 from San Diego and graduating from the University of South Florida, Tampa class of 2000. Finally calling Humboldt home and attending her first Humboldt Neighborhood Association meeting in March 2009.
Kymberly brings with her a wealth of community experience over the years having organized many neighborhood events and fundraisers, including the Unity Circle street painting which started in 2011 as a way to bring Humboldt neighbors together. In her previous role working at the American Red Cross in quality assurance, she provided oversight and guidance to ensure blood supply standards of excellence were met for the Pacific Northwest region and the FDA. While there, she also volunteered for the Disaster Action Team. She completed Neighborhood Emergency Team NET training in 2020.
In countless dedicated volunteer hours, Kymberly’s continuous goal as HNA’s Chair/President is to advocate for community members and ensure all residents of Humboldt voices are heard as well as provide information from city officials and other areas of interest that affect Humboldt acting as a direct connect and liaison. She works to achieve common neighborhood goals to build on an inclusive, diverse, sustainable, and prosperous community. She also continues to pursue a long promised park for Humboldt residents to provide needed greenspace for all.
As a professional aRtivist, Kymberly enjoys painting, and welding metal sculpture in her free time and nothing brings her more joy than spending quality family time with her husband and daughter.
Vice Chair / Vice President / Land Use Committee
John Ollis is the current board Vice Chair and a member of Land Use Committee, since October 2018. Before that, he was a board member at large and involved with Humboldt Neighborhood Association since 2017. Professionally, John works as a power system planner for a regional government agency and before that, he was a college math instructor. He grew up in Beaverton, Oregon and graduated with degrees in applied mathematics from Oregon State University.
John has lived in Humboldt for over 9 years, and lived in the Portland area for over 30 years. He met his wife in a permaculture design certification course, and since then he and his wife, young daughter, and a flock of chickens have been working to convert their quirky 1902 bungalow on a city lot into a regenerative paradise. He loves gardening, cooking for his family, practicing natural building, playing music and taking hikes in natural areas and on local disc golf courses.
After spending time going to school abroad and enjoying countries where community is defined by abundant communal meeting areas, pedestrian friendly streets and pride in local culture, he feels lucky to have settled in a place with wonderful local businesses, people with diverse backgrounds that care about their neighborhood, and deep historical roots. John looks forward to continuing to help Humboldt in anyway he can to meet the challenges of the future.
Historian / History, Arts, and/or Culture Committee Chair /Treasurer Co-Signor
Clifford Walker, The Humboldt Neighborhood Association Historian, a well known artist and photographer, Jefferson HS class of 1961, an Air Force Veteran, served two terms as chairman of the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs, was born at Emmanuel Hospital and raised in the Humboldt neighborhood.
Clifford brings a wealth of knowledge from both Humboldt and of Portland to look fondly back on. He remembers as a kid, although there were no parks to play in; (Humboldt does not have any park in its official boundaries and the neighborhood association has expressed its concerns) he and his family would ride a bus out to the west side of the river to Macleay Park with tin cans to catch crawdads, or travel to Swan Island and catch squirrels and fish. Growing up he remembers when there were no cars in the street, so the kids would play in the streets among horse drawn coaches with produce for sale.
Clifford has run for Portland City Council twice, and is also well known for leading a vital public conversation at the Humboldt North Portland Library in early 2018 questioning the name of his alum Jefferson High School which remains named after a Virginia slave trader and whether that continues to still be appropriate today.
Land Use / Planning Committee Chair
Kate Piper is a longtime resident of inner NE Portland and has lived in Humboldt for 8 years. She’s been active on the HNA for as long as she’s been a Humboldt resident and has been serving as a board member for five years as Land Use and Transportation chair. Kate is an architect and enjoys helping translate and communicate what’s happening at the City and neighborhood level to her neighbors. She and her three young kids can be found cruising around the neighborhood on bikes, running around the parks, and of course, frequenting the North Portland Library!
PCC Liaison & At-Large Board Member
At-Large / Jefferson HS Alumni Association
At-Large / East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District (EMWSCD) / & NECN Humboldt Representative
Brandi provides Outreach and Education for East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District’s Urban Lands Program, which has been located in the vibrant Humboldt Neighborhood since 2008. In her role she provides free educational opportunities to help people better care for our land and water, works intimately with local organizations to provide equitable programs and services, and is a member of the Equity Committee. She is also a certified Master Gardener and on the Board of Grow Portland, but spends the rest of her free time with her lovely pets (Tim, her Alaskan Malamute and Kiwi, her Calico kitty).