Quinn Parker is a facilitator and strategic consultant with 15 years of professional experience working with utilities, non-profits and public organizations. Quinn is CEO of Encolor, a firm committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Quinn is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP), a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Quinn holds an MBA from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University. Quinn is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) and a member of the DEI Council.
Sepideh Rezania brings over 23 years of broad industry experience in strategy development and program management, creating long-lasting solutions for the non-proﬁt, utility, and consumer electronics design industries.
Her out-of-box thinking, passion for implementing impactful socially responsible solutions, strong leadership, and analytical system skills, give her the unique ability to drive a small or a large team towards sustainable and inclusive solutions.
Sepideh leverages her broad repertoire of experience to work with organizations to incorporate human-focused and Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion-based methodologies, tools, and metrics into program designs. In her approach, she brings an equity perspective into the process by building trust, testing assumptions, co-designing with the community, and facilitating inclusive conversations to ensure both the process and the strategies are equitable and inclusive.
Since 2008, Mohanad Alnajjar has accumulated knowledge and experience in community development while working with non-profit organizations in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He also worked as a project coordinator, event organizer and part-time lecturer prior to moving to the United States in 2021.
Currently, Mohanad satisfies his strong passion for community service as he works with Unite Oregon—a community-based organization led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty—to build a unified intercultural movement for justice.
His academic qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, a professional graduate diploma in managing civil society organizations and postgraduate degrees in business administration.
Ellen Bolus-Edmonds is the Executive Director of The Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon (PACCO), helping over 250 small business owners since the pandemic hit. Being a small business owner herself, she is deeply passionate about helping community members thrive so that together, we make the lives of the next generation better than ours!
Aside from being in the OR-MEP DEI Coalition, Ellen actively participates in the Portland Business Success and Job Creation Action Table and the Cross-Jurisdictional Community Engagement project (a partnership with the City of Hillsboro, the City of Beaverton and Washington County). She also serves as a volunteer Senior Director at the Coalition of Filipino-American Chambers of Commerce and a Coach-Mentor at Stage One in Action, a youth-focused non-profit organization.
Ellen is a mother and a wife, and she remains faithful to her personal mission statement: Live insanely great lives, make a difference everyday!
Thomas Eldridge has over 10 years of experience in development and construction management and is fascinated with the impact thoughtfully designed and programmed real estate can have on an individual or group of people. Thomas holds an undergraduate degree in Construction Management and post graduate diploma in Construction Law, both from Kingston University in London, and a master’s degree in Real Estate Development from Portland State University.
Thomas’ most important job is being a father to his three-under-3. And on the rare occasion he has some spare time, he can be found shredding his banjo. Running or swimming. Or reading a graphic novel.
As the Lending Project Manager for Network for Oregon Affordable Housing (NOAH) , Kwame Kinabo joins the OR-MEP DEI Coalition bringing expertise of the lending transaction ecosystem for non-profit affordable housing initiatives. Kwame has been addressing social change by fostering relationships through 16 years of financial service lending. He dedicates his work to promoting equity in representation and access to energy savings conversations that empower and bridge communities. His MBA with an emphasis on Leadership Management coupled with extensive travel have honed an in-depth understanding of international cultures and business relations. Kwame was recently elected Board President of Diaspora Council of Tanzanians in America (DICOTA) and is a Board Member for Good Hope Orphanage and School in Arusha, Tanzania serving 200 children by providing advocacy, education, and a home for significantly underprivileged youth. Kwame’s enthusiasm and dedication to local communities bring lasting positive, measurable change to both the Portland and Tanzanian communities.
Esteban Montero Chacon is the Energy Services Director for Homes for Good which serves Lane County. Esteban joined Homes for Good in October 2020. Since then, he has been enhancing existing partnerships with local and regional utilities, expanding community connections, and helping low-income residents be more comfortable while supporting a healthier and more sustainable environment for all.
After working as an English-Spanish medical interpreter for over a decade, he went back to school to pursue a career he feels would be more rewarding and have more positive impact in the community. He recently received his Energy Management Degree from Lane Community College in Eugene.
Esteban also had the opportunity to work as the Assistant Community Liaison Officer for the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica where he coordinated with several groups of volunteers and community members.
Natalie Thornton is Asset Manager at Community Partners for Affordable Housing with six years of experience in property and asset management. She develops systems and tools to manage affordable housing assets for longevity, for both the organizations that own them and the people who call them home. Natalie strives to center racial, economic, and housing justice in her work. She holds a BA in Sociology from Smith College and a certificate in Asset Management from NeighborWorks.
Robin Smith is a second-generation affordable housing development consultant and COBID-certified woman owned business. As her awareness grows of the bias and racism in the systems that provide a myriad of services including housing, she is excited and hopeful to create through collaboration new possibilities for our future. When her dad brought her, a woman, into this work, she was a rarity. Robin’s hope is to share this collective knowledge to empower development skills in the BIPOC community.
Previous Coalition Members
Thank you to our previous Coalition members for contributing to where we are today.
Stepha Dragoon, MPAff, MSSW (she/they) is the Rural Population Health Program Manager with the Oregon Office of Rural Health where they focus on initiatives related to population health in rural communities. Prior to this position, Stepha conducted research at the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas at Austin, where they also received a Master of Public Affairs and a Master of Science in Social Work. Stepha is committed to health equity and serving marginalized populations by centering underrepresented voices in the policy process and integrating social justice principles with trauma-informed practices. Stepha has over a decade of experience in community-based programming and pursuing social impact initiatives across the United States. Stepha grew up in Oregon and is thrilled to be back serving their home state.
James Metoyer is the Workforce Development Training Manager at Earth Advantage (EA) and the Principal at Advanced Energy Inspections LLC (AEI). He brings over 10 years of work experience in the energy efficiency industry and has earned several industry-recognized credentials including BPI, SHP, PTCS, HERS Rater and LEED Green Rater. As Workforce Development Training Manager at EA, James builds relationships and works with youth and pre-apprenticeship programs across Oregon to deliver green workforce training for students and professionals entering the trades. He also lends his expertise across multiple programs at EA, which include delivering quality assurance on behalf of the City of Portland’s Home Energy Score program, in-field verification for LEED and EA certified buildings, and working to advance the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives at EA.
James works as a consultant at Advanced Energy Inspections to help community-based organizations and nonprofits that represent Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to create webinars for those communities on the principles of energy efficiency and healthy homes. James serves on the board of the Home Performance Guild of Oregon and Community Energy Project and is passionate about helping people navigate careers into energy efficiency and working to ensure people have equitable access to healthy, sustainable and energy efficient housing.
Isaiah Kamrar currently serves as the Program Manager at African American Alliance for Homeownership (AAAH) and he currently leads the Power to the People PDX™, Home Retention, and annual programs at AAAH. Isaiah’s programs provide education to BIPOC homeowners and implement repair, weatherization, energy efficiency, and solar projects for underserved homeowners in Portland, Oregon. His background in economics, property management, and community leadership enables him to tackle environmental and racial justice challenges through adaptive program design, collaborative partnerships, and ongoing grant development. Isaiah is thrilled to bring his expertise, insight, and vision to the OR-MEP DEI Coalition and is eager to explore and develop pathways for underserved communities to access green energy through equitable policy development.