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Project Advisory Committees

Advisory committees oversee and provide direction for the project. Committee members' expertise reflects diverse professional backgrounds, including minority-owned firms, advocacy groups, workforce development organizations, industry associations and community-based organizations. Some members are leaders and volunteers with strong ties to historic Albina with a wide array of civic and community interests. All members have a strong record of advocating for people, particularly people of color and other diverse groups.

We welcome community members and invite them to comment at the beginning of committee meetings. Visit our Events & Meetings page for the list of upcoming committee meetings or subscribe to our email list to receive project updates and meeting notices.

​The Community Oversight Advisory Committee works to ensure the construction contractor meets its community and project goals and expectations for contracting with disadvantaged businesses and employing minorities and women. The Community Oversight Advisory Committee brings a broad perspective on community, social, economic and workforce issues in the project area. Specifically, the committee: 

  • reviews the construction team’s​​ disadvantaged business subcontracting and workforce plans, participation, diversity, and results
  • provides recommendations, comments and resources in support of the successful implementation of the construction team’s Diversity Plan during project construction
  • ​​provides culture of success assistance related to disadvantaged business and workforce program implementation​

ODOT, with a neutral f​​acilitator, convenes meetings and provides updates specific to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and workforce program, methods and elements. Recommendations are also made to the ​project team.


The Community Oversight Advisory Committee has up to 20 members who represent the minority contracting and workforce communities. Committee members were identified and appointed by the City of Portland and the Project team. Members are from minority firms and advocacy groups, diverse workforce development organizations, and other contractors (with no real or perceived conflict of interest), association representatives, and representatives from comm​​unity-based organizations with a strong record of accomplishment of serving racial and ethnic minorities, women and other disadvantaged groups. ​

Johnell Bell, Espousal Strategies, LLC, is the committee facilitator. In this role, Johnell supports all members, maintains the integrity of the process, and facilitates communic​​ation about the process among members and other interested parties.


  • ​Michael Burch, NW Carpenters 
  • ​Bob Carroll, IBEW Local-48
  • Katrina Cloud, Northwest College of Construction
  • Lee Fleming, Multnomah County (Purchasing)
  • Kenechi Onyeagusi, Professional Business Development Group (PBDG)
  • Pastor Matt Hennessee, Ministerial Alliance
  • Joe McFerrin, Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (POIC)
  • James Posey, Coalition of Black Men
  • Felicia Tripp Folsom, Community Member
  • Art Cortez, LatinoBuilt


The Community Oversight Advisory Committee meets monthly. Meetings are held online in response to the Oregon Governor’s Office direction to help slow and prevent the s​pread of coronavirus (CO​​VID-19). All meetings are open to the public. Please visit the event​s page​ for more details about the meetings of the Community Oversight Advisory Committee.

​The purpose of the Historic Albina Advisory Board is to elevate voices in the Black community to ensure that project outcomes reflect community interests and values and that historic Albina directly benefits from the investments of this project. ODOT’s Urban Mobility Office formed the Board in December 2020 based on the project's va​lues and feedback from the community, including the project’s former Community Advisory Committee (sunset in August 2020).

The Board brings community perspectives into the project’s decision-making process concerning elements that most directly support community connections, urban design and wealth generation in the Black and historic Albina community. Areas of advice and recommendations include the following:

  • ​highway cover design resp​​​​onsive to community economic development needs,​ public health and aesthetic desires
  • connections between the highway and local streets and paths to im​prov​e movements for people within and through the project area
  • ​input to partnership opportunities to support community wealth generation through project area re-development, including potential partnerships b​​etween ODOT and other agencies, businesses and organizations.​​

Board members review project information, discuss and deliberate, and provide interest- and value-based advice and recommendations directly to the Executive Steering Committee to substantively inform its recommendations to the Oregon Transportation Commission.​​​​​​


The Historic Albina Advisory Board is composed of 13 members that include Black Portlanders and those with ties to historic Albina. Ten appointed members were identif​ied by ODOT’s strategic engagement consultants who have strong connections to historic Albina and the Black community. Three members at-large were selected through a public application process in collaboration with ODOT, Metro, and the project’s strategic engagement team.

Ericka Warren of Try Excellence LLC, a third-generation Portlander, facilitates the Historic Albina Ad​​visory Board meetings. Ericka supports the members during and between their meetings, ensures a good flow of communication between the Board and the project team and maintains the integrity of the process.

The Board is composed of leaders and volunteers who work with and serve the Black communit​​​y in Albina and Portland. Members represent a wide array of civic and community interests. 


  • ​Sprinavasa Brown
  • ​Andrew Campbell
  • Andrew Clarke
  • ​Bryson Davis
  • Keith Edwards
  • Sharon Gary-Smith
  • Leslie Goodlow
  • Estelle Love Lavespere
  • Dr. Ebony Amato-Blackmon
  • Kevin Modica
  • Dr. Carlos Richard
  • Carl Talton
  • ​John Washington


The Historic Albina Advisory Board meets monthly on the second Tuesday. Meetings are held on​line in response to the Oregon Governor’s Office direction to help slow and prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). All meetings are open to the public. Please visit the ev​ents page for more details about the meetings of the Historic Albina Advisory Board.

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