Dani Ledezma, Interim Executive Director
Dani came to CCC after spending fifteen years in the public sector working towards equity for underserved communities though promotion of an equitable work environment and equitable public investments focused on inclusion and collaboration. She served as Housing and Human Services Policy Advisor to Governor Kate Brown, and Education Policy Advisor to Governor John Kitzhaber. Prior to these appointments, Dani was the Director of Equity, Policy and Communications for the Portland Housing Bureau. She also was the Policy Director for Portland Commissioner Nick Fish. Through her work with a variety of programs and community partners, Dani’s leadership furthered the City’s goals of creating and preserving affordable rental housing and forged important collaborations in the homeownership arena. Originally from Colorado, she holds a degree from the University of Notre Dame and is a graduate of Unid@s. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kodey Park Bambino, Administrative Assistant
Kodey came to the CCC in January 2015, to help support with administrative duties related to scheduling, internal processes, and internal communications. Kodey is currently a part-time staff, primarily in the office from Tuesday to Thursday in the later mornings and afternoons. If you need to schedule a meeting with Julia, please contact Kodey. As a transgender person, Kodey uses gender neutral pronouns (e.g., “ze” or “hir” or “they”) or their name, Kodey. They enjoy this new administrative opportunity very much. Kodey also enjoys living in Portland because of its overcast, mild weather. Contact Kodey at email@example.com.
Jenny Lee, Advocacy Director
Originally from Beaverton, Jenny comes to CCC from Neighborhood Partnerships, where she helped convene the Oregon Housing Alliance, engaging coalition members and partners throughout the state and to help develop state legislative priorities to ensure all Oregonians have access to safe and decent housing. Previously, she worked as the public policy director for Hawai‘i Appleseed in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, where she engaged in coalition-building, legislative advocacy, and policy research on a range of issues, including economic justice, housing, public assistance, education, and immigrant rights. Her previous background includes work in disability rights, domestic violence, racial justice, and mediation, as well as a year serving as an AmeriCorps member at a SUN School in Southeast Portland. Jenny holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Oregon. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nakisha Nathan, Leadership Development Director
Nakisha came to the CCC after working for the past two years to cultivate emerging leaders at Sierra Club, Neighbors for Clean Air and OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. She also worked as a STEAM Garden Educator in SE Portland, cultivating students’ curiosity and facilitating experiential learning opportunities. Nakisha’s commitment to advancing social justice stem from spending her formative years living in Panama, Canada, Texas and throughout the United States. When not at work, Nakisha can be found playing a variety of games with her friends and family; camping with her partner and two dogs; photographing Oregon’s natural landscapes or gleefully pursuing her quest to find every member of the Araucaria araucana species in Portland. Nakisha earned her Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University and her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University. You can contact her at Nakisha@coalitioncommunitiescolor.org
Shweta Moorthy, Researcher
Shweta joined the CCC in March 2016 after a stint as faculty at Northern Illinois University where she conducted research on forced migration. Being an immigrant woman of color, Shweta uses a transnational lens to understand and participate in ‘local’ social justice spaces, and brings her expertise in empirical research to those conversations. She earned her Masters from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, and her doctorate from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Shweta can be contacted at email@example.com.
Maggie Tallmadge, Environmental Justice Manager
Maggie came to CCC in March 2015 after working with EcoDistricts. She serves on the City of Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission, Board of Governors for the Oregon's Citizens' Utility Board, City Club of Portland's Friday Forum Committee and the Native American Youth & Family Center’s Community Leaders Council. She is also a participant in the 2017 Emerge Oregon program and 2015 LEAD Native American leadership development cohort. Maggie is a Citizen of the Cherokee Nation who brings a background working in indigenous communities and social services within Oregon and internationally. She is a graduate of Wellesley College. Contact Maggie at Maggie@coalitioncommunitiescolor.org.