Staff

Katrina Holland, Executive Director

katrina@oregoncat.org

503.460.9702 x: 1

Speaks: English

Katrina joined CAT in December of 2014 and manages operations at CAT overseeing fundraising, staff supervision, board development, human resources, grant reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and external partnerships.  Katrina brings a solid background as a community leader and economic development and affordable housing advocate in the Pacific Northwest and knowledge in building a strong infrastructure to support organizational success and sustainability. With a passion for tenant power and a vision for an equitable housing market, Katrina hopes to support CAT’s members, partners, and staff to build a strong housing justice movement in Oregon.


Dung Ho, Tenant Education Program Director

dung@oregoncat.org

503.460.9702 x: 3

Speaks: English, Vietnamese

Dung is CAT’s Education Program Director leading CAT’s Education Program staff in all aspects of the Education Program including Renters’ Rights Workshops, Letter Writing Clinics, Evictions support, and the Renters’ Rights Hotline. Dung joined CAT’s staff as of June 2009. In her recent role as Tenant Coordinator, Dung led research for CAT focusing on helping tenants with mold present in their homes through education and by supporting tenants through the repair request process. Dung is also leading CAT’s new evictions counseling program. Before Dung became a Tenant Coordinator at CAT she regularly volunteered for the Renter’s Rights Hotline, Safe Housing Project and was also a member of the CAT board.


Pamela N. Phan, Policy & Organizing Manager

 

pam@oregoncat.org

503.460.9702 x: 3

Speaks: English, Vietnamese

Pam Phan joined us as CAT’s Policy and Organizing Director in December of 2016 to build a strong and nimble organizing department that responds to the dynamic political environment at statewide and local levels. Most recently, Pam has organized with youth, immigrants, refugees, people of color, houseless, and low-wage workers for housing justice and improved livability in the Portland metropolitan region. She has 18 years of experience, in and out of government, working with communities from their own perspectives, to support leadership development and political education for people to speak for themselves at policy making tables. Earning her Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State’s Toulan School, she hopes to infuse technical skills and expertise strengthening CAT’s ability to build a movement based on tenant power.


Jensi Albright, Community Engagement Coordinator

jensi@oregoncat.org

503.460.9702 x: 2

Speaks: English, Spanish 

Jensi is our Community Engagement Director and brings 8 years of experience as a seasoned event organizer to CAT. She has a strong background working in the non-profit world specializing in administrative and fundraising functions and overseeing events and projects from membership conventions to grant writing. Jensi also has been a dedicated volunteer at CAT for the past 3 years, serving on the Board of Directors and participating in the Safe Housing Project coordinating and training the VVS, a team of Spanish-speaking volunteers.


Asher Freeman, Volunteer Coordinator

asher@oregoncat.org

503.460.9702 x: 3

Speaks: English

 Asher was born to a family of loud East Coast Jews but moved with their parents and brother to Portland when they were thirteen. They came into the world of activism through youth organizing and fighting for queer and trans justice. In May 2015, they began working at CAT where they’ve done a combination of tenant education and organizing. Their favorite thing about being at CAT is witnessing the power that’s built when multiple individuals with housing issues come together to demand justice. They spend their time outside of work organizing with Showing Up for Racial Justice Portland, studying to be a personal trainer, biking around Oregon, and eating ice cream.

Erin Goodling, Research Coordinator

erin@oregoncat.org

503.460.9702 x: 3

Speaks: English, Spanish

Erin is CAT’s Research Coordinator, and she is working with the Tenant Leadership Council to document tenants’ experiences of no-cause evictions as part of CAT’s #JustCause campaign. Before joining CAT, Erin worked with the Portland Harbor Community Coalition as a community-based researcher, helping to address social and environmental justice issues related to the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. Erin has over a decade of experience teaching in public middle and high schools, social service agencies catering to homeless youth, and university classrooms. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Studies at Portland State University and is a nearly life-long Portland resident.


Tim Orr, Tenant Education Specialist

tim@oregoncat.org

503.460.9702 x: 3

Speaks: English, Spanish

Tim joined the Education Team at CAT in December of 2016 as the Tenant Education Specialist. Before joining CAT, he worked in affordable housing and early childhood literacy and has volunteered with tax-preparation clinics, in the news department at KBOO, and in local organizing for racial justice. He supports the team to supervise the Renters’ Rights Hotline, facilitate Renters’ Rights workshops for tenants with Housing Choice Vouchers, staff Letter Writing Clinics, and provide evictions support. He speaks English and Spanish.


Olivia Olivia, Communications & Development Coordinator

olivia@oregoncat.org

503.460.9702 x: 2

Speaks: English, Spanish, German

Olivia is a local author, artist, and narrative solutions specialist who joined the team in April 2017. She comes to CAT with a breadth of background in digital and branding work, ranging from nonprofits to the literary community. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Reed College and lived in Berlin and the UK for several years before returning to the United States. She has worked as a journalist, a reputation specialist, and a media consultant, among other things. Her role at CAT involves design, outreach, communications, and grant development. She facilitates events, messaging, and the ways in which we connect to our communities during the renters’ crisis.


Daisy Quiñonez, Tenant Education Coordinator

daisy@oregoncat.org

503.460.9702 x: 3

Speaks: English, Spanish

Daisy joined the CAT team in May of 2017 as part of the Tenant Protections Team. She provides tenant rights information and education to community members through CAT, the Asian American Family Center, and the Immigrant Refugee Community Organization. Daisy comes to CAT with a background in grassroots and electoral organizing and is deeply invested in the local community as a lifelong Portlander. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Planning, Public Policy, and Management and hopes to deepen her understanding of housing advocacy and policy issues through her work at CAT. You can find her at the Asian American Family Center on Tuesdays and Fridays.


Joy Jackson, Tenant Education Coordinator

joy@oregoncat.org

503.460.9702 x: 3

Speaks: English

Joy Jackson joined CAT in Spring 2017. She splits her time between Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) and our offices every week. She’s very passionate about empowering tenants and educating her communities about Oregon tenant and landlord rights. She can be found at SEI on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and on other weekdays she can generally be found at CAT. She teaches Letter Writing Clinics to help renters write statements to their landlords and a host of other workshops to ensure community members have their needs met in timely and professional manner.


Jesse Sharpe, Statewide Organizer

jesse@oregoncat.org

Speaks: English

Jesse Sharpe joined us in May 2017 all the way from Ashland, Oregon, becoming one our first remote organizers as CAT expands its resources throughout the state. Winner of the 2016 Unite Oregon Volunteer of the Year Award, Sharpe has a long history of activism and housing justice work under his belt and is excited to share that experience as he works with CAT.


Thuy Phan, Tenant Education Coordinator

thuy@oregoncat.org

503.460.9702 x: 3

Speaks: Vietnamese, English

Thuy Phan joined our education team at CAT in May 2017. She works as a liaison between our offices and APANO, the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, and is fluent in Vietnamese. She spends hours on our Tenants’ Rights Hotline assisting with Vietnamese speakers and specializes in translating and interpreting in culturally specific communities.


Wendy Hamacher, Financial Coordinator

wendy@oregoncat.org

503.460.9702 x: 2

Speaks: English

Wendy is our resident human calculator, budgeter, and financial coordinator extraordinaire. Believe it or not, it takes a lot of work to keep a nonprofit running — and a lot of that work includes number crunching. She lives in Portland with her husband and daughter, Ida, and hopes to leave the next generation of Portlanders with a healthy housing market that allows for livability and community. Her chief goal in life is to promote financial literacy in underrepresented communities, and she can frequently be found meticulously combing through receipts, data, and tax forms.


 Coya Crespin, Junior Organizer

coya@oregoncat.org

503.460.9702 x: 3

Speaks: English

Coya came to CAT after making headlines across Oregon with her compelling story: when her entire apartment complex was given no-cause evictions, she fought back and unionized her fellow tenants to make sure her daughter could keep attending the school she loved and seeing the community she had grown attached to. She is a mother of two and firmly believes in uniting with her fellow renters to work for a greater good.