Organizing People | Activating Leaders

OPAL Board

KahnKhanh Pham, Co-Chair, PSU Urban Studies PhD candidate, former OPAL communications director

Khanh has been immersed in EJ and transit justice work for over a dozen years, dating back to her time as an Organizer-in-Training with the LA Bus Riders Union; she brings a wealth of relationships and guidance to our work.

Roberta HunteRoberta Hunte, Co-Chair, Assistant Professor of Black Studies and Peace and Conflict Resolution, PSU

Roberta has been on the board since 2009, back when she was an outreach coordinator for Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. She assisted with the initial transition of co-director Kevin Odell and provides a steady hand and community support.

ChrisChris Winter, Treasurer, CRAG Law Center, Co-Director and Managing Attorney

Chris is a founding board member and the CRAG Law Center served as OPAL’s fiscal sponsor prior to receipt of our 501(c)(3) status. Chris is a leading public interest attorney in the country, and advances issues of EJ and civil rights in his practice.

JosephJoseph Santos-Lyons, Secretary, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Executive Director

Joseph has been engaged with the local EJ movement since the mid-90s, dating to his tenure as co-chair of the Coalition Against Environmental Racism in Eugene and his support for the initial founding of the Environmental Justice Action Group in Portland; Joseph served as Co-Director for OPAL from 2010-11, and continues to provide strong guidance as an organizational partner and board officer.

ben-duncanjpg-95db96d848ea68a1Benjamin DuncanChief Diversity and Equity Officer, Multnomah County

Ben is a founding board member and his professional growth within Multnomah County mirrors his growth as a leader with OPAL and the community; he was our board chair for the past five years, helping to stabilize the organization.

NicoleNicole Johnson, Youth Advocate, former OPAL Youth Organizer

Nicole came to OPAL as a PSU Capstone student and Bus Riders Unite member, participated in our Organizers-in-Training program in the summer of 2012, and worked as OPAL’s Youth Organizer from 2013-14; Nicole also completed Politicorps in the summer of 2013 and is on the board at Momentum Alliance.

AdamAdam Briggs, SEIU 502, Canvassing Coordinator

Adam came to Portland from Boston in 2012 and jumped headfirst into the local social justice movement; he has helped structure our grassroots fundraising efforts.