OPAL Bids Farewell to Founding ED

OPAL’s Board and Staff hosted a wonderful community gathering in honor of Kevin Odell, founding Executive Director of OPAL in 2005.  Kevin has been a leader and advocate for environmental justice in oregon for over a decade.  He is transitioning to Boston and preparing for fatherhood!  [UPDATE: Isaac is born!]

Over 75 community members and friends celebrated at OPAL’s newly re-arranged office in East Portland on SE Division & 49th Ave.  Music, drinks, and conversation flowed into the December evening night.  Special thanks to Shannon Olive and volunteers for making the evening a special and festive event.  Over $500 was raised to support OPAL’s new Transit Health & Justice campaign that was recently awarded a capacity building grant from the NW Health Foundation.

OPAL’s Board announced that co-founder and local attorney Jon Ostar and board member and community organizer Joseph Santos-Lyons would become Co-Directors effective January 2010.

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