We're an open book
We’re committed to investing bond funds transparently, accountably and with meaningful input and buy-in from the people of Portland. As affordable housing investments advance, we’ll report news and ask for ideas and feedback regularly online, at public meetings and in front of public boards and committees.
The Bond Oversight Committee is central to this process. A five-member independent oversight committee, their role is to monitor progress, review finances, and hold us accountable to the community-created plans and values we have committed to uphold. In addition to regular public meetings and expenditure reviews, the Bond Oversight Committee provides annual reports to City Council and the public.
Thursday, October 4 | 9 a.m. to Noon
Location: Portland Housing Bureau, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204
Bond Oversight Committee members
Each committee member is nominated by a Portland city commissioner to serve a five-year term.
Stephen Green, Chair
(Appointed by Mayor Wheeler)
Stephen Green is a Portland native, entrepreneur and economist. He has spent his adult life in finance and real estate. He worked previously on senior leadership at Albina Community Bank and also worked with underserved communities while at the Portland Development Commission. He and his family have lived for the last 15 years in the Woodlawn neighborhood.
Jes Larson, Vice Chair
(Appointed by Commissioner Saltzman)
Jes Larson works with Metro as a government affairs specialist. She recently served as director of the Welcome Home Coalition, leading the coalition in several policy campaigns to increase funding for affordable homes, including the first voter-approved general obligation bond. Her previous tenure in direct service at Northwest Pilot Project and Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare continue to inform her commitment to public policy solutions that advance health and opportunity for all. Jes has lived in Northeast Portland for 17 years, where she enjoys tending honeybees and fruit trees in her backyard.
(Appointed by Commissioner Fritz)
Susan Emmons served as the executive director at Northwest Pilot Project for 30 years and chaired the Housing and Community Development Commission for Portland and Multnomah County from 1992 to 1995. Susan has emerged as one of the leading advocates for affordable housing in our community and has received numerous awards including the Gretchen Miller Kafoury Award for Outstanding Community Development and the Ross Dey Lifetime Achievement award from Metro Multifamily Housing Council.
(Appointed by Commissioner Eudaly)
Allan Lazo is the executive director of the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, a statewide civil rights organization founded in 1990 whose mission is to end housing discrimination and ensure equal opportunity to housing. Allan’s past civic engagement and social justice work includes having served on a variety of commissions and committees in Portland and Gresham, including the City of Gresham Planning Commission and the City of Portland’s Human Rights Commission. He is a long-time resident of Portland, mostly of outer east Portland, and currently lives in northeast Portland’s Roseway neighborhood.
(Appointed by Commissioner Fish)
Todd came to Portland to attend law school at Lewis and Clark in 2006. After practicing law for a few years and serving as the co-chair of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association, he joined the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) in 2014 to work on equity issues full time. As the Jade District Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative manager, he works on development without displacement for the community around Southeast 82nd and Division.