Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association
Who are you? I am a neighborhood resident and the current Co-Chair of the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association.
What do you do?
I pay the bills by working in the Human Resources Department for Portland Public Schools. In a more holistic interpretation of the question, I try and find ways to be active in my community- however defined.
What is your inspiration? (Why do you do what you do?)
I really believe that our community is what we make of it. I try and apply that approach to my work at PPS by serving our schools and in my volunteer work.
What brought you and/or your business to the Foster-Powell Community?
I moved to Foster-Powell because it was an affordable community that had an energy about it. Additionally, even though the neighborhood is a little further out than others, it is remarkably accessible by public transportation.
What is your favorite way to enjoy Foster?
I really enjoy frequenting the businesses in the “Heart of Foster” area. The National Night Out party every summer is pretty rad too- big props to those who organize it.
3 Ways to unite the Fine Folks of Foster
1. Maintain the momentum of National Night Out.
2. Expand the scope of Fun on Foster.
3. Just enjoy each others’ company in the little, everyday ways.
How do you envision the future of Foster?
Is this where I say that Foster is the little business area that could? Maybe it is, and I think there is a momentum that supports that idea. I really think that Foster will always be dependent on small, locally owned businesses. If it is going to succeed, we need to promote those businesses as preferable alternatives to other well-known commercial areas of the city.
Some top fives to appease the list lovers……
Your Top Five Songs to get you through life?
1. Train in Vain- The Clash
2. Shine a Light- Wolf Parade
3. Girlfriend is Better- Talking Heads
4. Here Comes Your Man- The Pixies
5. Roland- Interpol
Your Top Five Haunts in Portland
1. US Outdoor Store
4. Music Millennium
5. Powell Seafood