ANITA YAP, Founding Partner
Anita Yap is a seasoned professional with deep experience in community development, public policy and community engagement. Anita has been a leader in innovation and sustainability, leading communities in alternative systems planning and innovative approaches to community planning. Anita is keenly involved professionally and personally in community service and brings a focus on equity and a culturally competent approach to working with people and communities.
Anita holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, Planning Public Policy and Management from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Oregon State University. She is also a Fellow with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Anita received the Governor’s Livability Award, the Excellence in Downtown Award and the Distinguished Leadership for a Professional Planner from the American Planning Association.
TONY DEFALCO, Partner
Tony DeFalco is coordinating the nation’s first equity driven ecodistrict designed to re-interpret sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy. His expertise in community economic development, environmental protection and sustainability spans 15 years of working locally and nationally in environmental advocacy, coalition building and policy advocacy. His current focus includes redevelopment of a landfill into a park in a low-income neighborhood in Portland and strengthening communities of color and low income communities in deriving economic benefit from environmental investments.
As an Audubon-Toyota TogetherGreen Fellow, Tony helped establish Verde Energy, a weatherization firm that hires and trains low income people to weatherize residential homes. He is a founding board member of the Center for Diversity and the Environment and helped to develop the Equity Audit, a tool to help environmental and sustainability organizations understand how to become more inclusive organizations that can deliver triple bottom line results.
EMILY (HULL) BOWER, Partner
Emily (Hull) Bower is a landscape and urban designer in the Portland Metro area. Her expertise is providing design development, public facilitation, and graphic communication on a variety of projects, which include land use, environmental planning, community development, and transit-oriented development. She has combined her graphic proficiency in multi-media with a deep understanding of landscape architecture and urban design techniques on master plans, corridor studies, complete streets, urban redevelopment, and sustainability initiatives.
Her work on multi-modal and multi-scaled projects in diverse communities is grounded in the belief that users determine the success of a project, therefore culturally appropriate community participation is integral to her approach. Emily brings a fresh perspective to creating a viable and dynamic plan that considers equitable development, placemaking principles, and strategic implementation. Mrs. Bower’s experience with municipalities, local agencies, private developers, and community members has brought her to work on national and international design projects.
ROBERTO JIMENEZ, Partner
Roberto is a native Oregonian and has over 20 years of leadership experience founding and managing non-profits with a strong focus on organizational development. In 2010 as Executive Director of Farmworker Housing Development Corporation (FHDC) Roberto received the Meritorious Community–Based Health Organization Award from the Latino Caucus of American Public Health Association, the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. In 2010 he was one of nine presenters asked to speak at the first White House Conference on Rental Housing in America.
The son of a former farmworker, his ancestors settled in what is now New Mexico in 1650 and his family moved to Oregon in 1950. Roberto has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon in Comparative Literature and is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government’s Achieving Excellence in Community Development.
THERESE McLAIN, Managing Partner
Therese is a public outreach, communications, and conflict resolution expert with a strong managerial background and senior-level experience. She is known for her strategic leadership and ability to build and implement successful plans through her collaborative and open process in project management. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she studied Media and Communication Arts at Maryknoll College. Therese promotes culturally agile approaches to community engagement with immigrants and people of color. She also works to steward full and equal participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.
Before joining the MultiCultural Collaborative partnership, Therese’s management and communications talents were honed as the director of the contracts department and the communications department of a $45 million entrepreneurial non-profit agency operating five major business lines including property management of more than 800 low-income housing units. While there, she also developed the Connecting Communities Coalition and the CCC Leadership Academy, focused on empowering people with disabilities, now a program adopted by the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement.