Senior Leadership Team
Outside In is fortunate to have an experienced and dedicated leadership team that guides our strategic, mission-centered approach.
Associate Finance Director
Anni first joined Outside In as a volunteer in the Syringe Exchange program and Clinic billing office. The work and mission of Outside In resonated with Anni so much that she applied for and was offered the Staff Accountant position in 2007. Over the years Anni was promoted to Senior Accountant Controller and has also served as Interim Finance Director at different times.
Prior to joining Outside In, Anni achieved a degree in accounting, was finishing up her bachelor’s degree in health sciences, and was on a pre-med track. Anni then went on to become a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in the State of Oregon, while still working at Outside In. She maintained a busy part-time medical practice and continued to work full-time at Outside In for many years before closing her practice for personal and family health issues.
Anni brings lived experience with poverty, homelessness, and abuse as a child, and has family members with drug addiction and mental/behavioral health issues. She feels blessed and very proud to be a mother of 3 grown children, a grandmother of 3 children, a dog-mom of two young Boston Terriers, and a 15yo dachshund, and the second oldest of 16 siblings. Life is never boring for her with such a large family. Aside from spending time with family, Anni enjoys paddleboarding, hiking, boating activities with husband, and anything else that gets her outside.
Ari is a longtime educator turned equity practitioner. Being adopted as a child from Seoul, South Korea to a small town in Oregon set the stage for wrestling with experiences of race, culture, and trauma from an early age. Not having childhood mentors or guides to help him navigate these dynamics, Ari has devoted much of his professional life to supporting low-income and BIPOC youth in being able to recognize, critically examine, and heal from racism and other forms of inequity. Much of this direct service work was through classroom education, service learning, social action campaigns, restorative practices, and project-based learning with incredible Portland-based organizations including Open Meadow, Carpe Diem, The Pangaea Project, and Portland State University’s Senior Inquiry Program.
As Ari progressed in his career, he began to steer equity initiatives from leadership positions allocating funds and directing programs to improve the conditions of our most underserved community members. In addition to earning degrees in Fine Art, Psychology and Education Policy, Ari is certified as a diversity facilitator, change management practitioner, mediator, and is also a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. Ari has led various equity initiatives for Portland Public Schools and Multnomah County and is thrilled to continue this work at Outside In. Outside of work Ari enjoys frequently consuming large amounts of pizza, pizza guilt-fueled workouts, figure drawing, and most of all spending time with family.
Bill Aronson | MS
Support Services Director
Bill joined Outside In in 1999. His tenure with the agency has included work in human resources, information technology, data & reporting, grants administration, facilities management, building multi-cultural capacity, and vendor accounts/relations. Bill is results-oriented, with a focus on continuous quality improvement agency-wide. Prior to Outside In, he achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology & Black Studies from UCSB, and a Master’s in Sociology from Portland State University. He gained professional experience by working and volunteering for other non-profits. When not at work, Bill enjoys socializing, running, cycling, hiking, camping, and most other (preferably outdoor) activities where he can relax.
Youth Services Director
Brandon (he/him) has basically grown up working with houseless youth in downtown Portland, starting in 2005 as a volunteer with Janus Youth’s Yellow Brick Road street outreach. Since then, at Outside In, he has worked as a harm reduction focused peer mentor, an Alcohol and Drug Specialist on an ACT team, and as the Transition Services Manager that supports the case management team and community housing program. Somewhere in there he went to school for social work.
Brandon’s coworkers, when asked because he didn’t want to write this bio himself, think of him as kind, deadpan, more interested in listening than being heard, always focused on team vibes, even keeled, and very good at suggesting the perfect music recommendation for any very specific situation. Outside of work, you’ll find him at band practice, watching movies with his kids, or spending time with his closest friends finding reasons to laugh so hard he can’t speak.
Associate Executive Director
Iris (she/her) is a Black, Chicana, feminist, educator, and mother originally from California’s Central Valley. In 2005 she established deep roots in the greater Bay Area and Oakland before relocating to the PNW in 2020. Iris started her career in healthcare as a dialysis administrative assistant, outreach coordinator, and patient advocate. She got to witness the United States healthcare system from Chico to the Bronx in her tenure as a dialysis healthcare professional at Fresenius and DaVita. After 8 years in dialysis, she pursued a career in education. She began as a volunteer at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp and supported the organization as Board President from 2016 until 2018. Iris is deeply committed to gender justice and committed to supporting girls and gender expansive youth, and very much enjoyed the work she did with Girls Leadership as the Adolescent Program Director. As an educator, Iris has taught dance at public schools and public speaking at day camps, directed an overnight camp, and DEI programming. She is committed to adolescent development that is culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and healing-centered.
Iris majored in Communication Studies at San Jose State University for her B.A. and San Francisco State University for her M.A. through a lens of Black Feminist Thought, Chicana Studies, and Intersectionality. She has had the honor to teach as an adjunct lecturer at San Francisco State University and University of Portland on subjects of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the U.S. She loves dogs, dancing, reading a good murder mystery, and spending time with her daughter and husband.
Behavioral Health Director
It’s good to be home. After many years of work and travel across the West coast, Janet was thrilled to join Outside In as the Behavioral Health Director in May of 2023. Janet graduated with her MSW from Portland State University in 1990 and is a licensed clinical social worker. She also holds certification as a Master Addiction Counselor. In addition, Janet is proud to bring lived experience with addiction and recently celebrated 39 years of recovery. This experience has shaped her belief in the power of connection and caring to create hope and healing.
Her professional work started with a meal program for seniors and those living in local shelters in Portland’s Old Town in the 1980s. Her work since has been devoted to innovative services and programs that meet the needs of folks that do not benefit from traditional approaches. This work has included developing one of the first integrated mental health and substance use programs in the country as well as transitional programs for people returning to the community from jails and prisons. She has also taught at the community college and university level.
In addition to her professional work, Janet loves her family and friends. She has a passion for musicals and is at significant risk of breaking out in song (you have been warned).
Jessica Owen | BS, SPHR
Human Resources Director
Jessica joined the Outside In team as the Human Resources Director in April of 2023. She brings with her 11+ years of Social Services & Behavioral Health HR management experience. Jessica received her BS in General Management and HR Management from Portland State University and enjoys partnering with staff, agency, and community partners to best meet the needs of employees.
Prior to Outside In, Jessica has worked in varying HR capacities over the last 20 years with her most recent experience being as the VP of HR with a Behavioral Health agency providing both inpatient and outpatient Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health treatment.
Jessica holds a SPHR certificate and is drawn to continued growth both professionally as well as personally. When Jessica is not at work you may find her enjoying the outdoors of the PNW, engaging in new adventures, artistic expression, or at home with her pup.
Justine was born and raised in central Washington. She attended Whitworth University in Spokane, where she graduated with a degree in Sociology. Upon graduation, Justine began working in the non-profit sector, initially in direct service helping teens successfully age out of the foster care system and later recruiting, screening, training, and supporting volunteer mentors for children and teens. Even in direct service positions, Justine took an active role in securing the resources her programs needed through community events and corporate partnerships. Justine officially pivoted from direct service to development in 2016, overseeing major gifts, monthly giving, planned giving, corporate giving, direct-mail campaigns, events, in-kind gifts, marketing, copy writing, and lots of other things.
Justine joined Outside In in 2022, initially as the agency’s Major Gifts Officer, and has enjoyed forming meaningful connections internally with staff and externally with supporters to match donors’ and funders’ philanthropic interests and passions with the incredible work of Outside In.
In her spare time, Justine has been a CrossFit coach for over a decade and can often be found in her garage listening to loud music and lifting heavy weights. She and her family reside in Hood River and enjoy all the recreational activities the area has to offer, including hiking, camping, kayaking, biking, running, playing tennis, and stand-up paddle boarding.
Kathleen Carter | MPH
Health Services Director
Kathleen Carter has dedicated her career to improving health equity, and brings a range of experience in non-profit and public health settings. Prior to joining Outside In as Health Services Director in 2021, she managed a Federally Qualified Health Center primarily serving Portland’s Native American communities. Kathleen spent years in patient advocacy work for a national non-profit, implementing a case management program designed to reduce barriers to care for chronic disease patients. She holds a BA in anthropology from Reed College and an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, focusing in health promotion and health policy. Kathleen enjoys spending time outdoors, practicing yoga and is a certified instructor.
Kiku (he/him) is an intersectional, queer, Chinese, transgender man originally hailing from Michigan and had been living and thriving with his partner in Oakland, CA since 2004 relocating to Portland in November 2022 to lead with Outside In. Kiku is an educator, trainer, and consultant engaging his human-centered design thinking, with a visual arts background focused on diversity, equity, and expansion. Kiku has 30+ years of experience with youth development and responsive community program design, outreach, implementation, evaluation, and advocacy through a social justice lens. He is adept at creating culturally, trauma-informed and healing-centered, accessible, affirming approaches and content for a wide variety of intersectional communities including LGBTQIA+, People of Color, immigrants, low-access and low-resourced people, youth, and adults working across sectors including juvenile justice, education, mental health, community-based, and faith-based organizations. Kiku has traveled the country educating on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Affirming Approach and Expansive Practices connected with the CDC-funded handbook he authored, available for open-source access here.
He is a Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy/Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Supporting LGBTQ Youth Program Fellow. He loves being in community with all folx with a special affection for the cat community. Kiku loves teaching mediums for expression like stained glass construction and is fascinated with how things work and embodying MacGyver at every opportunity! He’s writing a book about his life journey through trauma and as a man of trans experience. Most importantly, Kiku knows liberation is found every time he gets on the dance floor!
Joining Outside In in 2021, Lisa Jaschek brings a wealth of administrative experience and a background in nonprofit consulting to her role as Executive Assistant. Her journey with our organization reflects a deep commitment to our values of equity, queer and trans advocacy and trauma-informed practices.
Originally hailing from Oakland, California, Lisa succumbed to the allure of Portland in 1996. After a period living in Central Oregon, she couldn’t resist the pull of her favorite City of Roses and returned with a commitment to contributing to positive change in Portland.
Lisa’s dedication goes beyond her work with the Senior Leadership Team and our Board of Directors; she values forging meaningful connections with her colleagues engaged in crucial direct service work.
During her downtime, Lisa finds happiness in the pages of a good book, enjoys live music at Portland’s many great blues clubs and immerses herself in the beauty of Oregon’s landscapes. She celebrates life by spending cherished moments with family, friends, and her two beloved pugs, Olive and Junie B. Jones.
Mr. Irving has been practicing accounting professionally since 1988 highlighted by his tenure at the Big 4 accounting firm Ernst & Young, LLP where he managed the financial affairs of high net-worth individuals and corporations in the Business Management Group from the Century City, CA location. He also performed services for individuals, small businesses, corporations, and non-profits in the areas of taxes, financial reporting, and record keeping over the past 30+ years.
Mr. Irving is a Past Board Chairman of the Executive Board of Directors for Watts Healthcare Corporation (FQHC) in Los Angeles, CA. Under his leadership as chairman, the center hired a new CEO, added a new facility, increased productivity, and reached record numbers in annual surplus that were reinvested in the center and staff. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Accounting) from California State University at Dominguez Hills, a Master of Art in Theological Studies Degree, and Master of Divinity Degree from Faith International University & Seminary. He graduated from the Financial Literacy Institute, a cohort program under the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement at the University of Southern California. In 2018, he completed Conflict Resolution Training from Loyola Law School.
Board of Directors
Outside In is grateful for the commitment and passion of our dedicated Board of Directors.
We are actively recruiting new Board members who are representative of or connected to the communities that we serve. Learn more about joining our Board here.
Experience Designer, Digital Product Creation – Insights, Nike
Chris draws from over 15 years of experience working with multiple stakeholders across sectors to build community, to deliver value, and ultimately, to improve the lives of others. He approaches his work with deep empathy to understand people’s needs and with a strategic mindset to achieve the greatest impact possible.
Some of his most rewarding endeavors include implementing an educational program to support underserved Filipino high school students through the Sibol Hesus School Foundation, managing products and services for professionals pursuing careers in the nonprofit and public service sectors at Idealist.org, and working with purpose-driven companies to solve problems using human-centered design at Context Partners. Currently at Nike, he is part of a team building a digital product creation ecosystem, culture, and business.
Born in California and raised in Metro Manila, Chris is happy to call Portland his home. He is grateful for the wonderful opportunities he has found here and, through Outside In, hopes to help others seize theirs as they move toward improved health and self-sufficiency.
Attorney, Markowitz Herbold PC
They say there is no such thing as a former journalist and Hannah Hoffman is a prime example. Although she left her journalism career to pursue a law degree, Hannah brings strong communication, reasoning, and investigative skills to bear for her business litigation clients in both appellate and trial courts. Hannah is an excellent writer and oral advocate.
Most recently, Hannah served as a Clackamas County deputy district attorney, where she managed a caseload of 200 cases, tried five cases to verdict, prosecuted multiple civil commitment hearings before judges, and argued on behalf of the state on dozens of contested probation and diversion hearings, sentencing, and plea hearings.
Hannah was also an assistant attorney general with the Oregon Department of Justice’s Solicitor General’s Office. She argued ten cases before the Oregon Court of Appeals and drafted and filed 45 appellate briefs.
She honed her legal skills as a law clerk for the Honorable Michael Mosman of the U.S. District Court of Oregon where she assisted with the drafting of opinions on behalf of the court.
During her journalism career, Hannah reported on politics, government, and education for the Willamette Week, McMinnville New-Register, and the Statesman Journal.
Director of Talent Acquisition and Organizational Development, Care Oregon
Joe Chapman is a mission driven leader committed to fostering trust and creativity for an inclusive, innovative, and effective community of service. Joe brings over a decade of experience in nonprofit leadership, human resources, and equity & inclusion to the OI team and has primary professional interests in human systems, social equity, and group dynamics and process. Joe received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Humboldt State University and a master’s of public administration from Portland State University. He is currently working as the Director of Talent Acquisition and Organizational Development at Care Oregon and prior to that was the HR Director at Vancouver Clinic. Joe got his start working in nonprofit HR at Planned Parenthood.
Diversion Court Clinical Service Specialist, Multnomah County
John Karp-Evans is a Diversion Court Clinical Services Specialist with Multnomah County Health Department. John has over a decade of experience working with local nonprofits, specializing in transitional housing programs for justice involved individuals. His roles have included being a Recovery Mentor, Case Manager, Supervisor, and Associate Director.
He has helped develop and improve housing programs and integrate culturally specific services. John uses his experience of formerly being justice involved and currently in long term recovery from substance abuse, to help guide him in the work he does daily.
He enjoys spending time with his family, playing slow pitch softball, and barbecuing.
Permanent Supportive Housing Case Manager, Central City Concern
Kyle currently works in Central City Concern’s Starlight building, which provides low-barrier housing and wraparound services for people experiencing chronic homelessness. He has great interest in the housing-as-healthcare model.
He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Community Development from Portland State University and an Associates of Science in Architectural Design and Drafting. He is also a certified recovery mentor and peer support specialist.
Before Kyle became a board member, he was a client of Outside In, and also serves on the Client Advisory Board. He believes that access to healthcare is a human right; this belief is his motivation to serve on the board.
Kyle enjoys swimming laps, concerts, Happy Lamb Hot Pot, and Oxford commas.
Bio coming soon
Human Resources Generalist, Native American Youth & Family Center
Sam is a HRCI certified Human Resources professional with more than 10 years of experience. He has worked for local, national and international nonprofit organizations. He has a passion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion planning and implementation. Sam recently moved to Portland from Chicago where he was born and raised. Sam currently works as a Human Resources Generalist at NAYA – Native American Youth & Family Center. Outside of work, Sam enjoys camping, hiking and concerts. He’s also known to belt out a tune every once in a while.
Scott is a strategic communicator and creative leader based in Portland, Oregon. He is a proud member of the Osage Nation and is in long-term recovery. With a passion for storytelling and a knack for bringing ideas to life, Scott has dedicated his career to amplifying the voices of nonprofit organizations and public service initiatives. He also presents workshops and facilitated discussions on a variety of topics, including LGBTQIA2S+ history and culture, Indigenous identity, and interpersonal communication.His involvement with Outside In is driven by a deep appreciation for the Outside In mission and lived experience with houselessness and substance use challenges. Scott was fortunate enough to find a path back to self-sufficiency and wants to ensure that help is available for everyone on the road to recovery.
Steve Jones | MD
Retired Physician, Kaiser Permanente
Steve retired in 2018 from Kaiser Permanente following a career as a Physician that spanned 31 years and two states – Northern California and Oregon. He is board certified in internal medicine and completed his residency at Kaiser Santa Clara. Steve earned his undergraduate degree at Whitman College and attended Oregon Health and Science University’s medical school.
Steve was born and raised in Heppner, Oregon. He lives in Portland with his husband Don.
Theresa is elated to join the OI Board, and to be back home with her daughter and seven younger siblings.
She has 13 years experience as an Oregon legislative assistant and lobbying firm manager, and many years as a designer and creator of formal gowns and historically accurate period clothing. Within her years of various community involvements, closest to her heart, since 1997, she taught youth life skills and arts. Relating, hearing, incorporating humor, music, movement, and play, makes learning exciting. She currently enjoys serving on the OI CAB Board.
Her lived experiences, encourage her to want to finish her degree in mental health, focusing on trauma recovery, chronic pain, and illnesses. In that same spirit, she hopes to lobby for legislative changes, for those in danger of or experiencing houselessness, OHP and State expansion of trauma recovery and SUD’s treatment programming, and domestic violence survivor’s assistance.
For fun, she sews, paints in acrylic and oil, creates skincare products, cooks with family and friends, plays Pokémon Go, and enjoys a good Scrabble challenge. Daily, she can be seen walking The Park Blocks, sharing her service dog, Lily’s skills, providing company and a smile to all those wanting a visit.
Tom Lee has 33 years of experience in the banking industry with a focus on commercial and industrial lending. He has been a member of the Central Eastside Industrial Council, Portland Business Alliance, Risk Management Associates and the Oregon Bankers Association. In addition to his professional life, Tom is committed to serving his community as demonstrated by a 12-year history of coaching youth soccer, his role as a Cub Scout Den Leader and has been a Board member with Outside In since 2019. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Washington, a Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School. In his spare time, Tom enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, soccer, and traveling. He is an avid OSU Beaver and Portland Timbers fan.
As a patient at Outside In, the dignity, compassion, and respect that I was shown by staff truly had a lasting impact on me and directly resulted in me wanting to get involved in helping my community.
Housing at Outside In is so much more than a roof over your head. The staff is helpful and amazing. They were always there for us anticipating our needs. Finally, we weren’t hungry anymore and we were safe.
I feel safe at Outside In. I love Outside In people. How they love us, care for us. The wonderful and fresh food, the health care, the accommodations, the hospitalities. People talking to me, listening to me. Changing lives. It is a great moment.