City Code calls for the CIC to have 5 to 12 volunteer members, serving 3-year terms.
Claire Carder retired in 2017 from ODOT after a 32-year career as an environmental professional. Her formal education includes a BS in Geography and a Bachelors/Masters degree in Landscape Architecture with special emphasis on community involvement in design. She and her family have lived in Southwest Portland since 1999. She is an avid runner and a strong advocate for active transportation. She also believes in community participation and has been active as a volunteer from pre-school parents’ boards to soccer coaching to PTAs to neighborhood associations wherever she has lived. She looks forward to helping the City of Portland and our neighborhoods and diverse communities as a member of the new Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Citizen Involvement Committee. Term May 2018 – April 2021.
Isa Dean lives in North Portland and has served on the Humboldt Neighborhood board, the PCC Bond Advisory Committee and currently the RACC artist in residence panel for the Humboldt neighborhood. She is the Regional Technology Coordinator in the N/NE Region for Multnomah County Library. In that position, she provides, develops and coordinates technology related training across four libraries and also provides culturally appropriate and responsive assistance to the diverse community that is historically the geographic center of Multnomah County’s African American population. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tufts University in conjunction with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Psychology and Sculpture from University of Oregon. Her passions include community, art/design, recycling, real estate, green space and healthy living. She believes that by involving the community in shaping the city's solutions, we ensure that those solutions are shaped by diverse voices and reflect the residents who live here. Term May 2018 – April 2021.
Alexandra Degher started working at HP Inc after receiving her PhD in Environmental Engineering from Oregon State University. For the last eight years she has been managing HP’s worldwide lifecycle assessment and product carbon footprinting programs, with a goal of understanding the major impacts of HP’s computer products. She is currently focused on leading several collaborative initiatives between industry, government and NGOs with the purpose of working collaboratively to minimize the impacts of IT products. For the last 4 years she served as Vice-Chair for the development of an IEEE Standard to assess computer products on environmental and social attributes. Alexandra spends much of her time outside of work volunteering. She is on the Overlook Neighborhood Association Board where she serves as Transportation Chair and Board Secretary. She also sits on Advisory Board for Building Bits, and the Advisory Council for the Green Electronics Council. Since moving to Portland in 2004 she has also participated on the Corporate Relations Committees for both Oregon Humane Society and Friendly House, and served as Vice President for Fore the Animals. Term May 2018 – April 2021.
Beth A. Rubin Ph.D. has recently moved to Portland after decades of visiting family here and longing to be a resident. She is currently Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. An interdisciplinary scholar, before her retirement she directed the PhD in Public Policy program and held positions of Professor of Sociology, Organizational Science and Public Policy and Adjunct Professor in Management at UNC Charlotte. She has written books and academic articles on topics including organizational, economic and workplace transformation, on the re-employment of displaced workers, labor unions, homelessness and social policy and social theory. More than anything, Rubin is deeply committed to turning her energies to contributing to her new home, Portland, Oregon as it undergoes rapid growth with all of the wonderful and dangerous opportunities that rapid growth portends. Term May 2018 – April 2021.
Jai Singh is a Field Organizer at APANO. He was born and bred in Decatur, Georgia by Sikh-Punjabi immigrant parents. Oregon has been his home for approximately 4 years now. Jai received his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Emory University and he recently graduated with a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University. Jai is also a proud 2016 graduate of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon’s Organizer-In-Training program, where he learned the science and art of community organizing alongside Portland’s environmental justice and civil rights community. Jai has also worked with the API community in the Jade District during his time as a Climate Resilience Intern for APANO in 2016. He has conducted extensive research and outreach efforts for campaigns, and has spent several hours in East Portland, bus organizing, specifically for a community based transportation needs assessment, through a contract community organizing position with OPAL. Term May 2018 – April 2021.
Sandra Walden lives in downtown Portland. She has recently retired from a career as a project and program Manager and business owner. She has worked as a Realtor and developer in the Pearl District, solar developer and for the wireless industry building and modifying telecommunications sites. She has been an active participant in neighborhood associations and the Downtown Business Association, and has a longstanding interest in urban planning. She is looking forward to using her experience in the community and professionally to be of service. She believes that community involvement will improve the planning process by providing the information and knowledge that may be needed to address all populations but more importantly it provides those in the City an opportunity to have a voice. By participation, pride and ownership creates a bond that brings people together where they can be more creative problem solvers. Term May 2018 – April 2021.
Christina Wienholz lives in Portland with her family. She graduated from the City of Portland’s Disability Leadership Academy graduating in June of 2017. She remains active in alumni activities. She is also currently a member of Resolutions NW Facilitation cohort, which is a volunteer position she has held since May of 2017. She is excited to be part of the Community Involvement Committee because she wants to be part of the work to ensure that our city is the most inclusive and equitable it can be. She considers her greatest skill to be her commitment to consensus building and making sure that all voices are heard to make the most equitable decision. As people become invested in the decision-making process they will be empowered, knowing their stories are heard, which helps the city to make the best decisions for all. Term May 2018 – April 2021.