¿Quiénes somos? / About Us
We are graduate students in the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning Program at Portland State University. We are working with Hacienda CDC to identify ways for the Hispanic community to gain greater economic opportunity in NE and E Portland.
We are / Nosotros somos:
Gerente del Proyecto | Project Manager
Born in Denver, Colorado and raised in both Colorado and Texas, Ellen has been moving around for most of her life. Ellen arrived in Portland in 2008 via Brazil, Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming, having followed her passion for travel, guiding, adventure and teaching. With such a diversity of experiences living in different places and cultures even within the United States Ellen became quite interested in the intersection of humans, environment, place-making and equal opportunity. She’s extremely interested in creating pathways and avenues for equitable access to services, education, and quality of life, and is focusing her current planning studies in Community and Economic Development. She speaks Spanish and a bit of German and Portuguese. She enjoys running, yoga, creating community, and traveling wherever she and her fiancé Michael can afford to go!
Gerente de la Coordinación y Investigación Financiero | Financial Research and Coordination Manager
David is originally from Hollywood, California but has lived in Tucson, Arizona and is currently seeking anUrban & Regional Planning and Civil Engineering Dual Graduate Degree. His interest in planning stems from living a portion of his childhood years through the construction of the Glenn Anderson Freeway, Interstate 105, directly behind his family home. There he saw first hand the impacts caused to residents living near the project. While studying at The University of Southern California he was exposed to many talks from national, state and local planning leaders. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree he worked for the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports. He then went to work in Tucson, Arizona and sat on various transportation planning committees. His experiences working with diverse populations have solidified his interest in serving underrepresented communities. He is fluent in Spanish and English and speaks some Japanese. In his spare time David is an avid tennis player and huge Trojan fan.
Gerente de la Comunicación | Client Liaison and Communication Manager
Raised in the Midwest, Abigail Cermak brought a little “Minnesota nice” to the Northwest when she moved to Portland in 2002. Her interest in urban planning stemmed from working in her SE neighborhood to transform a contaminated property into the now non-profit coffee house and community center Café au Play. This work inspired Abigail to return to school and pursue her Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning at PSU. Her focus on environmental planning and environmental justice has allowed Abigail to realize her passion of turning neglected and abandoned urban spaces into community assets that are healthy and sustainable. When the weather is fair, Abigail enjoys hiking the Northwest volcanoes and camping in the desert with her partner Tim and stepson Dylan. She is currently on the board of Cafe au Play and does community outreach for the Portland Brownfield Program.
Gerente de la Investigación y Diseño | Research and Design Manager
Originally from Livingston, MT, Bridger Wineman has lived in his adopted home town of Portland, Oregon since 2002. His career focus is to create positive change, especially at the intersection of social equity and the interface of urbanity and nature. As green initiatives tend toward either boutique frivolity or paternalism, he believes folding a diverse community into quality of life issues can realize a more resilient future for our city and region. He is passionate that people of all backgrounds find a valued place in our civic life. Bridger enjoys exploring Portland by bike and experiencing the wild lands of Montana and the Pacific Northwest with his wife and daughter.