Lisha Shrestha- Executive Director
She joined DMA as an Interim Executive Director on Jan 2018 and took a permanent role from July 2018. She brings her 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. In her free time, she enjoys hiking or simply trying new foods from different cultures.
Alvaro Vazquez- Assistant Program Coordinator
Alvaro graduated from Portland State University with a double major in Business Administration: Finance and Economics. He has worked at PSU as a resident assistant for 2 years working closely with his residential community, acting as a community liaison. He has worked in his family business as a bookkeeper for 6 years and has volunteered his time with local organizations like Portland Meet Portland, Portland Immigration Rights Coalition, and Native American Youth and Family Center. During his free time, Alvaro likes to walk to the park with his dogs and trying out new vegan recipes.
Board Of Directors
2016 - Present
2017 - Present
2017 - Present
2018 - Present
Community/Business Outreach Liaisons
Lwe Wah Shee is a community/business outreach liaison at DMA. She speaks Karen and some Burmese. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in Education Studies, minor in linguistics, and concentrating in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Western Oregon University. In the past, she has worked for Portland Parks and Recreation as a Creative Youth Soccer Leader, Portland Metro as a regional park caretaker, and at a public school as a teacher assistance. Her experiences working with diverse cultures and different organizations educated her and opened her mind to see how people view the world differently. As a refugee, who came to America to seek for new opportunities, she understands how it feels like to live in a different world. When she has free time, she enjoys helping her Karen community with translation and interpretation in Karen and English.
Lute is currently the Business/Community Outreach Liaison for Asian Pacific Islanders. Lute enjoys volunteering at her children’s school. In her spare time Lute volunteers at an elderly care home as a companion by reading to them or going for a walk with them. Lute has volunteered in various programs including: at elderly care homes, nursery school, Tongan Committee, and Tongan sewing class. Lute enjoys working and helping the Tongan community and other Pacific Islander communities. Lute helps with translation and interpretation in the Tongan and Samoan languages. During Lute’s Free time she loves to bake and sharing her baking with community, friends, and family.
2014 - Present
2016 - Present