Chair / President / Communications / Treasurer/ NECN Exec Board Member & Humboldt Rep
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).
At-Large – Humboldt Resident