CAT is a tenant membership organization.  Low-income tenants – predominately low-wage workers, families with children, people living with disabilities, seniors, and people of color – are CAT’s primary membership base.  CAT is building a strong housing justice movement that is led and directed by those who are most impacted by Oregon’s affordable housing crisis – low-income renters.

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Welcome CAT’s New Executive Director, Orion Lumiere!


Contact: Jensi Albright, Community Engagement Director, 503-460-9702;

Portland, OR — The Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) would like to announce that Ms. Orion Lumiere has joined our staff as the new Executive Director. Ms. Lumiere comes to CAT from her former position as Communications and Development Director of Oregon ON, a statewide nonprofit affordable housing and community development network. CAT and Oregon ON are strong allies and have worked together on successful policy initiatives in the past.

Orion-august-2014_WEBMs. Lumiere has a strong background in fundraising and nonprofit communications and a Masters in Urban Studies from Portland State University. At Oregon ON she directed the sponsorship and grant programs, the membership program, the annual Awards Gala, and the communications program. Previous to that she worked at nonprofit homeless advocacy organization Sisters Of The Road, also in development and communications.

At CAT she will work alongside the staff and the all-tenant Board of Directors to implement their new three-year strategic plan, which includes local and statewide policy work, new program initiatives, and ensuring the organization has secure and diversified operating revenues.

“We are glad to welcome Orion to our team, said Deputy Director Justin Buri who has been serving as Interim Executive Director. “This is an exciting time for CAT, and we are confident she can help build on past Director Elisa Harrigan’s successful work to ensure CAT is financially stable and able to effectively serve Oregonians for years to come.”
Ms. Lumiere will begin at CAT on a half-time basis in August and move to full-time in September. Contact her at:; 503-280-5401.

About CAT
Formed in 1996, the Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) is Oregon’s only statewide, grassroots, tenant-controlled, tenant-rights organization. CAT educates, organizes and develops the leadership of low-income tenants. CAT’s mission is to educate and empower tenants to demand safe, stable and affordable rental homes. Based on the belief that housing is the basis of a strong community, CAT brings tenants together to organize and collectively advocate for fair and equal protections in housing practices and policies.

About Oregon ON
Oregon Opportunity Network is a nonprofit network of over 160 community development organizations and partner agencies and businesses working throughout Oregon to ensure that hardworking families, seniors and people with disabilities can afford housing and still have enough money for other basic necessities. Oregon ON helps keep these organizations efficient, sustainable, and able to effectively meet the crucial needs their communities.