Michael DeMarco, District Manager
Serving as the District Manager since the inception of the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative, Michael has been involved in community organizing on and around 42nd Avenue for the better part of six years. Born in New York and raised in California, Michael has lived in Portland for nine years, after having lived and worked in a few different cities. His previous work experience is diverse, from furniture delivery to ranching, to youth education and social welfare programming. Michael holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Cal Poly Pomona, and a master's degree in community and regional planning from the University of British Columbia. He lives with his wife, Emily, and dog in North Portland.
Laura Voss, Program Manager
Born in a small town about an hour north of Chicago, Laura came to Portland sight unseen in 2012 to pursue good beer, her personal search for Sasquatch, and a Bachelor degree in Community Development from Portland State University. Laura served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Our 42nd Ave for one year and is now continuing her work while pursuing a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University. In her spare time, Laura binge watches Netflix and goes on outdoor adventures with her awesome husband Ryan. Her favorite color is mustard yellow, and she holds an unwavering love for avocados.
Jessica Jazdzewski, Program Manager
Jessica's colorful childhood took place largely on her family's cattle farm & in the eclectic historic town of Lewisburg, West Virginia. She moved to Oregon in 2004 to pursue a Bachelor of Architecture with dual minors in Business Administration and Fine Art at the University of Oregon. After graduation, she spent three years living in Austin, Texas before returning to Portland with her husband, Stephen. Her work in the 42nd Ave district began in 2014 while serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Habitat for Humanity's Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. In her spare time, she can usually be found throwing elaborate parties, making costumes, letterpress printing, and completing quests (currently she is trying to catch all of the Pokémon and travel to the last 11 states she hasn't been to.)
Alexey Moore - Community Engagement Associate
Alexey Moore was born in Frankfurt, Germany, where her father taught college English courses for American military members. She spent the first 12 years of her life as a deutsche Madelein, speaking hochdeutsch and going to German schools. When the Berlin Wall came down in 1991 it meant a mass exodus of Americans, including Alexey's family, back to the States. So this scrappy bunch of expats (her family) found themselves in New London, Connecticut during Alexey's teen years and early twenties. In 2008, Alexey moved across the country to go to PNCA, where she earned a Bachelor degree in Illustration. She has been a disgruntled barista in many coffee shops across this fine country, and she's currently writing a comic strip about her adventures. Also she is a puppeteer and has created politically themed shadow puppetry for venues around Portland. Lexey has lived in the Cully neighborhood for almost five years, and has joined the Our 42nd Ave team as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She is a snarkastic artist who loves to laugh and drink whiskey from time to time.
Business Development Coordinator
Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce