Eboni hails from sunny Orange County California and some how found herself in not so sunny Portland. A Project Manager turned Nonprofit Diva, Eboni spends her free time volunteering at a couple local organizations geared toward empowerment and radical change, travels every chance she gets, stirs up trouble with her daughter Olive, gets into anything to do with the beach or river, having a dance party, dressing up, and really enjoys meeting new folks. A lifer in the social service world and she can’t imagine working in any other field.
Director of Programming
Born of the sunshine and 80s, Rich grew up in California but spent time globe trotting New Zealand, Alaska, and Colorado. After participating in global outreach teams to multiple countries he put down roots in Portland, Oregon. With a background as a journalist correspondent and navigating the business world, he knows how to ruin a party by asking obnoxious questions. For some reason, he earned a degree in English with an emphasis in editing and writing. Rich is a huge nerd and spends much of his free time contemplating nerd-like things or planning his next big backpacking trip.
Director of Operations
A combination of nerdy charm and millennial cynicism, Teddy brings his special brand of energy from the darkness of Alaska in the winter. His family describes him as compassionate and contrary; his friends know him as colorful and gentle; his bartenders know him as "tequila-soda-splash'o'lime." When not at the office, most of his activities are food-centric, though he frequently can be seen roller skating in outlandish ensembles, playing table-top games with friends, or frolicking on a hiking trail in the nearby wildernesses.
Liz Lorenzo grew up in Washington DC, came out to the west coast to attend the University of Oregon, and never left. She worked in nonprofits for 15 years as a volunteer manager and fundraiser at organizations like Girl Scouts OSW, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, and Do Good Multnomah. In 2022 she made the switch to the for-profit world and now works for the Wells Fargo Foundation covering Oregon and Washington. Outside of work, Liz can be found running around with her toddler or very grouchy dog.
Vice Chair of the Board of Directors
Jess Gibly is the vice chair of the board of directors. She has a diverse background in homeless and housing services having worked in a variety of program models. She is particularly passionate about permanent supportive housing and strongly believes housing is a basic human right. As the daughter of immigrants and a member of the queer community, she believes in the importance of providing culturally specific services where people can feel truly seen and heard.
Tara Benavente was born and raised on the beautiful island of Guam and moved to Portland in 2010. She is a queer Chamoru woman who is passionate about walking alongside and empowering marginalized communities and individuals. Her educational, volunteer, and work background is in social work, social justice, and community development. She has worked mainly with houseless individuals in emergency shelter settings and most recently in village settings. Now she works at Resolutions Northwest as a restorative justice practitioner. Tara also has various hobbies such as climbing, swimming, surfing, hiking, photography. You can also find her curled up on her couch next to her cat while reading a good book.