Meet The Staff
For the past seven years she has worked in the non-profit sector advocating and empowering families from all walks of life in reaching the dream of homeownership. Her experience includes working with first-time homebuyers through NEDCOs’ pre-purchase programs and financial literacy classes. She is a certified homeownership counselor by the NeighborWorks Center for Homeownership Education & Counseling.
Yesika enjoys spending time outdoors, gardening and playing with her children. She practices Danza Azteca and loves to explore new places and learning new things.
Katie’s experience includes working with first-time homebuyers through USDA Rural Development’s Self Help Homeownership Program in SW Colorado; neighbor to neighbor mediation; serving on the board of directors of the NW Community Land Trust Coalition; working in several arenas with diverse youth; and 2 ½ years researching, analyzing and utilizing data regarding regional indicators of a healthy community. Katie provides all homebuyer counseling and education services; provides post-purchase support to current homeowners; leads program innovations; and is responsible for lender relations.
As a licensed real estate agent Tyler guides Proud Ground participants through the home buying or selling process and markets Proud Ground homes in addition to providing education, outreach and general program support. Through Proud Ground Community Realty Tyler is able to offer his real estate experience and expertise to partners and the general public.
Tyler enjoys cooking for friends and family, home improvement projects, coaching basketball and weekend trips around the Northwest with his wife Carly and their dog Dekum.
Briauna has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Masters in Writing. She began writing professionally in 2008 while working for a non-profit, youth-outreach organization called Glowing Heart Ministries and has since written material for Comcast and GoLocalPDX. She’s excited to dedicate her writing and communication skills to Proud Ground’s mission, and she finds joy dividing her time between her family, her work at Proud Ground, and creative projects.
Steve was the Principal Real Estate Broker at the Housing Development Center and is one of Proud Ground’s licensed Realtors. He has been a real estate investor/builder/manager since 1974; this experience gives him a unique perspective on building maintenance and durability that is critical to the sustainability of Proud Ground’s homes.
Steve and his wife Resa like to spend weekends exercising, working on home improvement projects and finding treasures at the Rebuilding Center. They also like to visit used bookstores, explore historic sites, and eat at sidewalk cafes.
As a fundraising and communications professional, Jackie acts as a connector – from connecting people to people socially, to bridging organizations to their communities, and donors to a cause. She started volunteering with a community development organization in college and hasn’t stopped working to give every individual, every family, and every business an opportunity to be part of their community through local non-profits.
Jackie currently serves on the development committee of KairosPDX and is part of Social Venture Partners Portland’s Rising Leaders for Social Good program. In her free time, Jackie can be found getting involved in her new, North Portland community or seen walking her dog around the neighborhood with her husband.