Housing Oregon Annual Awards Gala
Thursday, September 6
The Housing Oregon Annual Awards Gala celebrates local and statewide members, elected officials, and partners who have been fighting for affordable housing and community development through providing member support, policy, and advocacy. Mix, mingle and connect with nonprofit directors, local, regional, state and federal policy makers, affordable housing advocates, industry executives and experts, banking leaders, elected officials, and many others.
4:30 PM Annual Meeting - Galleria North
5:30 PM Reception Begins - Foyer
7:00 PM Dinner, Keynote Speaker and Awards Ceremony - Grand Ballroom
Change in Keynote address
We are sorry to announce a last minute change to our keynote address. Unfortunately, our planned keynote speaker, Julian Castro, is unable to join us due to unforeseen circumstances.
Metro’s Affordable Housing Bond Measure: A Historic Opportunity and Cornerstone to Building a Thriving Regional Economy
We are pleased to announce our new keynote speakers - Lynn Peterson, incoming Metro Council President, and Sam Chase, Metro Councilor representing District 5.
Sam Chase will open on the historic opportunity Metro’s $650 million affordable housing bond measure, on the November 6 ballot, offers for making an impact towards alleviating the Portland region’s housing crisis. In combination with the constitutional amendment referred by the State Legislature, both provide a powerful model and pathway for communities across the state to ensure more Oregonians have a safe and healthy place to call home. Lynn Peterson will speak to Metro’s growth strategy and how affordable housing, along with access to transportation and natural areas, will work hand in hand to create a successful regional economy and livable communities.
Lynn Peterson bio
Lynn Peterson has been recognized as a problem solver and national expert in land use and transportation over the last 30 years. She works to find innovative ways to build safe, healthy and equitable communities. Peterson is President-elect of Portland Region’s Metro Council and will take office in January 2019. From 2013-1016, Peterson served as the CEO (Secretary) of the Washington State Department of Transportation. Prior to her position for Governor Inslee, Peterson served for Oregon Governor Kitzhaber as his Senior Transportation and Sustainability Policy Advisor where she oversaw transportation-energy policy, statewide transportation funding discussion and implementation of community priorities. Peterson previously served as the first-elected Chair of the Clackamas County Commission and on the Lake Oswego City Council.
Sam Chase bio
Sam Chase has been Executive Director of the Coalition of Community Health Clinics since 2010. He got his start in politics as Chief of Staff to Portland Commissioner Nick Fish and was elected as District 5 Metro Councilor in 2012. Sam co-founded and was the Executive Director of Oregon Opportunity Network (now Housing Oregon), which led to the Affordable Housing Now! Coalition bringing together more than 60 organizations and 1,000 individuals in the Portland region to secure major housing policy and resource victories for low-income people and communities of color, including the 30% set aside initiatives.
Information and questions? Contact Director, Brian Hoop at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-475-6056.
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