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MEET THE LEADERSHIP
Black Resilience Fund Program Manager
Alexander (he/him) is a native of beautiful Northeast Portland. His mission is to serve our community through advocacy, policy reform, and transformative leadership. His passion for equity comes from the intrinsic belief that we, as humans, are capable of overcoming our deep differences to build a more prosperous, meaningful, and equal existence. Fueled by his educational background in Business Management and Organizational Development, Alexander co-founded two companies operating in and focused on educational consulting and real estate development. He loves learning new subjects, connecting with people, and building meaningful relationships within our community.
Cameron Whitten (all pronouns) is a community activist, small business owner, and nonprofit executive. At the age of eighteen, Cameron worked themself out of youth homelessness in Portland and has spent the past decade giving back to the very same community that was here when they needed it the most. They have a Bachelor's of Economics from PSU and are currently enrolled as an MBA student at Willamette University.
Cameron recently served as the Executive Director of Q Center, and is the founder of racial justice nonprofit Brown Hope and the Black Resilience Fund. They serve on the Board of Directors of local nonprofits such as REACH CDC, Venture Portland, and Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Salomé Chimuku (she/her) is Angolan-American. Her family immigrated to Portland, OR in 1990 where she was born. Salomé attended Willamette University, where she studied Political Science, German, and Russian.
Salomé has over a decade of experience in public sector work, working with organizations such as Portland State University, the Urban League of Portland, and Unite Oregon. She has served on many local social justice and advocacy boards and has worked for many statewide elected officials in the Oregon Legislature. She speaks five languages (Bantu, Portuguese, English, German and some Russian).
Co-Director, Community Relations
O’Nesha (she/her) is an addict who spent 15 years in prison. Since her release, she's obtained an Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Social Work. She helped launch the first Queer Resource Center at Portland Community College–– Cascade. She became the first Certified Recovery Mentor at Oregon Health and Sciences University, and served as a peer trainer for the Mental Health Addiction and Certification Board of Oregon and manager for the Diane Wade House, an empowerment program for Afrocentric woman. She is currently a consultant for the NW Portland Indian Health Board.
Co-Director, Community Relations
LaKeesha (pronouns are Black) is born and raised in Portland. She has seen her community impacted by gentrification, gang violence, drug epidemic and historical trauma. She advocates on behalf of her community to encourage hope and rally resources they need to recover.
Since being in recovery, Keesha became certified as a Community Health Worker, Peer Wellness Specialist, and Peer Support Specialist. She is the former Chair of the Traditional Health Worker Commission, and serves on the board of Healthshare of Oregon and Oregon Recovers. She was the recipient of the Oregon Public Health Association's 2014 Emerging Leader Award.
Being out of work unexpectedly hit my family hard! Groceries have been the hardest to keep up with. We now have more than enough food for this month and part of the next! We are so grateful!