Lisha Shrestha- Executive Director

Lisha Shrestha brings 13 years of local and international experience to the work. She has previously worked at IRCO, the City of Portland New Portlander Program, and Elders in Action. At present, she is also pursuing her doctoral degree at Portland State University. Her involvement with the diverse community in Portland brought her recognition in the form of the PSU President’s Diversity Award in 2015 and Community Leader of the Year Spirit of Portland Award in 2017. She is passionate about transforming needs of individuals and communities into opportunities for economic prosperity.

Yuyan Luo-Program Assistant & Chinese Community Liaison

Yuyan graduated from Portland State University with a Social Work major in 2021. She has been living in Portland for about eight years. Yuyan has participated in various volunteer activities since high school. She would like to use her work experience and knowledge to support Asian communities as she desires to work with them. In her free time, she loves to play video games, work out, and read novels.

Muhammad Ayob Mohamed Amin (Mo)-Project Specialist

Muhammad Ayob Mohamed Amin or known by his friend as Mo, is a senior at Portland State University majoring in social sciences and a minor in psychology. As a Rohingyan born Mo wants people to acknowledge and shed light about his community to other communities. In his free time, Mo loves to read, cook, take pictures, and play soccer.

Community/Business Outreach Liaisons

Mohammad Khalid- Iraqi Liaison

Mohammad Khalid is a first-generation immigrant and a citizen of the United States. He studies accounting at Portland State University. His number one goal is to help and support the Iraqi community in Oregon. In his spare time, Mohammad loves to cook and to play soccer

Lorena Mora-Latinx Community Liaison

Lorena is a freshman at Portland State University who graduated from Reynolds High School. She is currently studying to become a dental hygienist. Lorena has worked at East County Rising because she loves to help her community. In her free time, Lorena likes to work out, travel, and go to concerts.

Khanh Le -Vietnamese Community Liaison

Khanh Le immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam, and she has become a naturalized citizen of the United States in 2019. Currently she is completing her bachelor’s degree in Applied Linguistics, along with the Teaching English as a Second Language certificate, and Global Studies certificate at Portland State University. Khanh wants to give back to her community and continue dedicating herself to the work of bringing equity and inclusion to the immigrant and refugee communities in the land that she now calls home.

Board Of Directors

Anne Downing - Board President

As the Board President, Anne brings a lifetime of experience in working with immigrant and small business communities. With her experience, Division Midway Alliance is forging a path toward to establish the organization as a forefront leader in assisting communities around Division Street.

Leslie Hickox - Treasurer

Leslie has been a college educator for 36 years in the fields of Health Education and Education. With the beginning of the Affordable Care Act in 2013, Leslie focused on serving people with the Federal Market Place and the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid). She’s currently a Para Educator with Portland Public Schools and continuing to work with special education elementary students. She’s excited about how DMA is expanding outreach to the SE Portland immigrant and refugee business communities.

Layla Assem - Board Secretary

With years of experience as an activist, Layla brings to DMA her passion in supporting immigrant populations and small businesses through guiding Division Midway Alliance to become the model organization that others look towards too as an example of a Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative that brings positive growth

Joe Enlet - Board Member

Joe Enlet is the President of COFA Alliance National Network (CANN) which is an organization that advocates for citizens of the FSM, Palau, and the Marshall Islands and works on policy at the State and Federal level.In 2018 the City of Portland awarded Joe the Emily Gottfried Human Rights Award as an Emerging Leader. Joe pastors at his church Chuuk Logos Community Church in Vancouver Washington and enjoys playing his guitar and playing basketball with his daughters.

Breeanna Guardado- Board Member

Breeanna Guardado (Bree) is an Affordable Housing Professional in Portland, Oregon. She has years of experience ranging from onsite management, federal compliance monitoring, asset management, and assistance in housing development. Bree is currently working for Rose Community Development, a grassroots developer that focuses on the SE neighborhood. Bree also has experience working closely with Portland’s most vulnerable populations: homelessness, mental illness, and substance abuse. Bree is eager to use her strong communication skills, real estate knowledge, and compassion; to assist Division Midway Alliance to fulfill its mission.

Bill Bruce- Board Member

Bill Bruce is the Senior Program Manager of Raimore Construction. He is also one of the top assistants to Raimore co-founder and Owner. Even though he has been working with Raimore for about 4 years, his relationship with Raimore has spanned over 20 years. Currently, he oversees Division Transit Project and work closely with different stakeholders and partners in the area. He is very passionate about creating opportunities for small business owners and promote work of DBEs (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise).

Ronault (Polo) LS Catalani- Board Member

Polo is a West Coast and SE Asia activist-lawyer, a Senior Contributing Editor of The Asian Reporter, and a contributor to The Oregonian and Oregon Public Radio. He became a City Hall’s New Portlander Programs manager. He is currently a Managing Attorney in NWCommunities Counsel.