CAMERON'S 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

An Effective Activist.

An Experienced Leader.

A Fresh Perspective for Metro Council.

"We support Cameron because he is smart, capable, committed and hard working. With Cameron's ability to lead, listen and act, he will bring new ideas and new ways to Metro Council to solve our old problems."

—Former Mayor Tom Potter and First Lady Karin Hansen


 

For more than a decade, Cameron has been an outspoken leader when action was needed. His actions have left a positive impact on the region, from a 55-day hunger strike for housing justice that led to a Regional Summit on Homelessness and Housing, to a half decade as a successful nonprofit CEO.


 

Q Center (2018–2020)

Cameron joined Q Center as Interim Executive Director during a time of transition for the center. In the past two years, he has worked with a diversity of stakeholders to bring growth and stability to the organization.

 

Cameron championed action against anti-LGBTQ+ hate crimes, partnering with local organizations to host an emergency town hall following violent attacks against community members, launching a yearlong series of LGBTQ+ specific self-defense classes, and partnering with local ridesharing companies to provide free rides to Q Center for low income clients.

 

Cameron championed racial justice initiatives, such as increasing the racial diversity of staff, securing funds to launch a microgrant program for Black and Indigenous transgender Portlanders, and facilitating board adoption of Q Center’s first-ever racial equity plan.

 

Additionally:

  • Cameron led the successful brand update of Q Center including a new website, logo, mission statement, and core organizational values. 

  • Cameron implemented a successful capital campaign that raised over $130,000 in just three months to completely renovate Q Center’s 10-year-old facility.

  • Under Cameron’s leadership, Q Center’s revenue nearly doubled to $800,000 in 2019.

  • Q Center was the recipient of several awards during Cameron’s tenure, including a 2018 Light a Fire Award from Portland Monthly Magazine and a 2019 Outstanding Organization Award from the City of Portland’s Human Rights Commission.

Brown Hope (2018–present)

Cameron founded the racial justice nonprofit Brown Hope, whose mission is to lead community-grounded initiatives to make justice a lived experience for Black, Brown, and Indigenous people in Oregon. The first event he organized, the Reparations Power Hour, put Portland in the international spotlight and sparked a region-wide conversation on reparations. Cameron also launched Blackstreet Bakery, an economic development program that provides economic opportunities for Black people in plant-based baking. They have produced over 20,000 cookies and counting.


 

Small Business Owner (2017–present)

Cameron launched a small business named Streams of Resistance LLC, which hosted live streams that have been viewed across the world. He also trained and coached over 20 local employers on how to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces in their companies. Cameron continues to grow his small business through public speaking engagements and community education programs.


 

Tenants Rights (2016–2017)

Cameron joined tenant advocate organizations in the election of tenants rights leaders to Portland City Council, and supported the passage of the tenants’ bill of rights, relocation assistance, and rent stabilization.

 

Portland’s Resistance (2016)

Cameron co-founded Portland’s Resistance, a group which evolved from a series of grassroots actions to a powerful voice for accountability of the Portland Police Bureau. Cameron’s leadership increased the membership and racial diversity of the organization’s executive committee. He also helped to launch the organization’s policy, advocacy, and restorative justice programs.

 

Racial Justice (2015–present)

While Executive Director of Know Your City, Cameron launched the Hidden History of Albina tour, which has taught over 4,000 Portlanders about the historic Black communities who were pushed out of North and Northeast Portland. As the founder of Brown Hope, Cameron created the Reparations Power Hour which has brought over 2,000 Black, Brown, and Indigenous people together for community building and healing. As a North Portland neighbor, Cameron has raised over $150,000 in resources to renovate Sons of Haiti, the only Black owned property on Mississippi Avenue. As the Executive Director of Q Center, Cameron secured funds to launch a $12,000 microgrant program for Black and Indigenous trans Portlanders at Q Center.

Know Your City (2015–2017)

Cameron began as Executive Director of Know Your City in 2015, at a time when the struggling nonprofit had an annual budget of less than $100,000, less than $10,000 cash on hand, and a $40,000 IRS payroll tax liability. In less than two years ––under Cameron’s leadership–– Know Your City paid off its financial liability, boosted its 2016 revenue to over $150,000, and expanded the number of paid staff. Expanded programming reached over 6,000 individuals, including: 4 awareness events, 10 forums, 80 tours, and their first ever annual gala. Know Your City expanded its 14-week Youth Print PDX youth education program from Harrison Park School and into five additional schools in the Portland, Reynolds, and David Douglas school districts.


 

Inclusionary Zoning Coalition (2013–2016)

Cameron was a founding member of the Oregon Inclusionary Zoning Coalition, which was formed to overturn the 17-year-old statewide ban on inclusionary zoning. This coalition brought together advocacy organizations including Community Alliance of Tenants, Fair Housing Council of Oregon, Unite Oregon (formerly Center for Intercultural Organizing), OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, and other housing organizations. For over 17 years, Oregon was only one of two states that preempted local municipalities from using inclusionary zoning to promote equitable affordable housing– that changed in 2016 when the landmark legislation was passed by the State Legislature.


 

Nonprofit Leadership (2013–present)


Cameron has a special passion for serving on the boards of nonprofits that advance livability through our shared geographical identity. The nonprofits Cameron has served with include: Know Your City, Pioneer Courthouse Square, REACH CDC, and Venture Portland. 

 

  • At Know Your City, Cameron leveraged his professional background to support the organizational rebranding process and helped with the implementation of several strategic and fundraising plans. 

 

  • At Pioneer Courthouse Square Inc, Cameron served on the programming committee and helped to refresh their program impact framework. 

 

  • At REACH CDC, Cameron leveraged his lived experience as a young, queer, Black Portlander to help facilitate the creation of the organization’s equity statement, the creation and hiring of the new equity manager position, and ongoing strategic leadership with the human resources department and executive team.


 

Hunger Strike for Housing Justice (2012)

At the age of 21, Cameron launched a 55-day hunger strike outside of City Hall to raise awareness about Portland’s affordable housing crisis, which energized hundreds of activists, community members, and elected leaders to rally in support of the protest on its 50th day. At a time when the City spent fewer resources and attention on housing, Cameron demanded that Portland City Council waive the fines against Right 2 Dream Too (R2D2) and refer an affordable housing bond to Portland voters. The Oregonian Editorial Board called Cameron “the sideshow outside of Portland City Hall” and claimed “he continues to insist the city… do three impossible things.”

 

But here’s what happened next.

 

  • In 2012, government leaders from across Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties convened business and nonprofit leaders for a Regional Summit on Homelessness and Housing. This moment helped to galvanize several affordable housing efforts.

  • In 2013, the Portland Bureau of Development Services waived the fines against R2D2. 

  • In 2014, $850,000 was raised by business leaders to help find a permanent location for R2D2. 

  • In 2015, Portland City Council declared a housing state of emergency. 

  • In 2016, Portland voters approved a historic $258.4 million housing bond measure in 2016, followed by a $652.8 million Metro housing bond measure in 2018. 

  • In 2017, Right 2 Dream Too relocated to a more stable location in North Portland.

  • In 2020, Multnomah County declared a temporary moratorium on evictions.

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