Meet Our New Board Members

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By Joshua Baker

We’re excited to introduce our six new board members, each bringing a rich tapestry of experiences, expertise, and a shared passion for making Lloyd EcoDistrict a vibrant and equitable community. We’ll get to know them better in forthcoming newsletters, but here are a few facts about each:

  • Preston Salami – As the Lloyd Branch Manager of OnPoint Community Credit Union, Preston is a dedicated advocate for financial inclusion and community development.
  • Bobby Hamilton – As the Safe Blocks Program Coordinator with the City of Portland, Bobby has a track record of fostering safer and more welcoming neighborhoods through non-policing interventions.
  • Emmanuel Valdovinos – Emmanuel, a recent PSU MURP graduate and Design Associate at Covalent Architecture, brings fresh perspectives on urban planning and design and even did his thesis on Lloyd!
  • Sonrisa Cooper – Sonrisa serves as the Sustainability Economy & Just Transitions Analyst for the Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, championing sustainable growth and providing critical data on the Climate Emergency Plan.
  • Samantha Kirsch – Samantha is the Community Manager for Way of Being, a low waste shop in Lloyd Center. She’s a passionate advocate for sustainability, community engagement, and local small business.
  • Ted Schenck – Ted, a retired conservation and land management expert, calls Lloyd home. His wealth of knowledge in land use, neighborhood context, and emergency preparedness makes him a fantastic partner in our work. 

We’ve had the privilege of collaborating with these individuals in the past. For instance, Bobby played a pivotal role in last year’s Party on Portland event in Holladay Park. Ted was a key member of our Lloyd Prepares trainee cohort in 2022, and Samantha has co-hosted numerous park cleanups with us this year.

In the coming months, we’ll delve deeper into each board member’s background and contributions. We’re fortunate to have these dedicated partners and visionaries join our board, enriching it with diverse perspectives. Their presence addresses an important need for greater representation on our board and aligns with our commitment to fostering an inclusive Lloyd EcoDistrict community.

Meet our full board here.

Why it matters: In response to our 2022 diversity, equity, and inclusion evaluation, we’ve actively sought meaningful, hyper-local partnerships and leadership to bolster board representation. These new members contribute invaluable vision and expertise, shaping the future of Lloyd EcoDistrict as we continue to work toward a more inclusive and representative community.