OPAL Board

board-leaders

Back Row (from left): Jonathan Gates, Keith Scholz, Adam Briggs, Benjamin Duncan, Aaron Golub, Khanh Pham, Nicole Phillips

Front Row: Deputy Director Vivian Satterfield, Joseph Santos-Lyons, Roberta Hunte, Executive Director Huy Ong, Chris Winter

Not pictured: Linda Galino De Lovato

Chair:

Roberta 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.

Vice-Chair:

Khanh Pham, 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.

Treasurer:

Chris Winter, 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.

Secretary:

Joseph Santos-Lyons, 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.

BRU-Elected Board Members:

Nicole Phillips, at-large BRU Representative, call-center worker

Longtime Bus Riders Unite (BRU) member Nicole Phillips is a transit dependent person who represents BRU membership on Trimet’s official committee for equity review, the Transit Equity Advisory Committee (TEAC).

Keith Scholz, BRU Action Planning Team Chair, retired

An active advocate in the disability community, and a transit-dependent person, Keith is the elected chair of BRU’s Action Planning Team, which chooses tactics for membership growth, development and engagement.

Jonathan Gates, BRU Research and Advisory Committee Chair, Communications and Events Coordinator, Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

A transit dependent person, Johnathan Chairs BRU’s Research and Advisory Committee (RAC), analyzing transit policy and budgets and preparing alternative proposals to benefit low-income people and people of color.

Members:

Benjamin 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 served as Board Chair for the five years, helping to stabilize the organization.

Adam 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.

Aaron GolubAssociate Professor at Portland State University

Aaron is an analytical thinker who brings a background in Urban Planning and a focus on Environmental Justice.