Felicia WilliamsFelicia Williams, DNA President
Felicia Williams is an independent historian who focuses on the Civil Rights Movement in Oregon. She enjoys living and working in downtown because of the proximity to the Portland City archives, the Oregon Historical Society, the libraries, Powell's City of Books, the Park Blocks farmers markets, food carts, and Tri-Met. She's convinced that downtown Portland is the best place to live and is committed to keeping it that way.
Jim WernerJim Werner, DNA Vice President
Jim is semi-retired after 25 years of operation as a Tour Operator and Wholesaler of travel. During this time, he provided most of the travel packages for individuals and groups to Canada and the US for AAA Oregon/Idaho as well as many travel agencies throughout the United States. His business career began with Pan American Airways, then moved on to the freight forwarding industry. He resides in the Benson Tower and has been the Chairman of the HOA for the last 3 years.
Marv MitchellMarvin Mitchell, Secretary
Marvin Mitchell is Executive Director of the Julia West House, an outreach of First Presbyterian Church serving residents of downtown Portland. Before coming back to Portland and joining Julia West, he spent 35 years as a programmer, manager, and consultant developing IT projects for corporations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, and San Francisco. Marv is past President of Lift Urban Portland, a 30-year old organization helping residents of Downtown and Northwest Portland live independently. He has been President of Street Roots board; member of Operation Nightwatch board; and President of Northwest Association of Book Publishers. Marv is an Elder of First Presbyterian Church. He is active in the Downtown Public Safety Action Committee and the PDNA PSC. His passion is finding new ways to mitigate effects of urban poverty, achieve social sustainability, and improve the quality of life for everyone in Portland.
Rani BoyleRani Boyle, Treasurer
Rani Boyle works as an Associate Campus Planner at Portland State University, where she contributes to university planning efforts, often serving as a liaison to city agencies. Her interests include land use and transportation planning. Rani holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics, a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, and graduate certificates in Geographic Information Systems and Real Estate Development. Rani is committed to maintaining open communication between downtown residents, downtown institutions, and public agencies, to ensure that downtown Portland continues to thrive.
Jennifer GeskeJennifer Geske, Land Use and Transportaion Chair
As a resident in downtown Portland since 2005, Jennifer has been active in PDNA and represented the organization in the Transit Mall Revitalization CAC, Education URA evaluation committee and as the chair of the Land Use and Transportation committee. She has worked with the membership, developers, city agencies, PSU and PBA to continue advocating for the interest of the downtown neighborhood, particularly in the area of affordable housing and neighborhood amenity accessibility for all downtown populace and catalytic projects to stimulate economic and retail development in downtown. In addition to her involvement with PDNA, Jennifer has also been the Treasurer of the Eliot Tower COA since 2006.
Jon JoinerJon Joiner, Board Member at Large
Jon Joiner, has been involved in non-profit organizing and social progressiveness for over two decades. As a founding board member of Watoto Wa Dunia (Children of the World) he has been in the forefront of alleviating a number of crisis-living situations for underprivileged children and adults both nationally and internationally. In this context, he has also been in the vanguard of furthering the sometimes elusive concept of social equality with his active participation in groups such as Oregon Racial Justice Collective, The Caribbean Cultural Association, The Goose Hollow Neighborhood Association, African Americans in Mass-Media (AIMM) and numerous other community action entities including the Oregon Multicultural Education Association. Jon is currently the Coordinator of Portland State University’s Multicultural Center and a sitting member of the university’s Diversity Action Council and other campus-wide subgroups that enhance diversity and community relations. He also currently serves as a board member of the Northwest Association of Student Affairs Professionals.
Mary LoosMary Loos, Board Member at Large
Mary Loos moved from Croton-on-Hudson, NY, to Portland in August of 1972 to go to the University of Portland. While at UP Mary majored in Spanish, a continuation of her high school teaching ambition, and political science, which gave her a strong interest in social improvement work.
David NewmanDavid Newman, Board Member at Large
An Oregonian who attended Oregon State University, David Newman lived in Northeast Portland in the 1970s and has lived in the West End since 2008. David co-founded Friends of South Park Blocks in 2011, after retiring from 30 years of work as a chemist and engineer in the oil and gas industry. The Friends group has worked with Portland Parks & Recreation: to improve park maintenance, to install the Loo, to establish the Park Rangers program in downtown parks, to advocate for a new park night security contractor, and to conduct weekly foot patrols. Other Downtown neighborhood activities that he has worked on include: Jefferson West building planning, parking issues and Business Improvement District expansion. He enjoys living downtown with access to cultural institutions, PSU and the river, and take advantages of public transportation and the ability to bike or walk to all parts of the city.
Erik TuckerErik Tucker, Board Member at Large
Born and raised in Oregon, and a long-time downtown Portland resident, Erik graduated from the University of Oregon and received his doctorate from Oregon Health & Science University in Biomedical Engineering. He is currently the co-owner of a small biotech company and a research scientist at OHSU. Erik hopes to bring business insight and enthusiasm to the DNA Board.