| Molly Mayo|
|Molly is the Executive Director of SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition. She works in partnership with the Board of Directors, SE Uplift staff, community organizations, city government, and all neighbors to make our community the best it can be. Molly is responsible for all aspects of running SE Uplift, from strategic planning to setting efficient operations, to ensuring maximum impact of programs, and working on meeting the grant requirements of our contract with the Office of Community and Civic Life. Molly is committed to increasing the number and diversity of people involved in their communities, and excited at the many ways people demonstrate how to be a good neighbor!
Molly joined SE Uplift in July 2017 after serving as Founding Executive Director of On-the-Move Community Integration, a support service organization for individuals with intellectual disabilities. For this work she was awarded the Sustainable Business Portland Innovation in Sustainability Award for Equity (2013), and she led the organization to earn the City of Portland Making a Difference Award (2014), and rankings in the 100 Best Green Nonprofits in Oregon, Guidestar Gold Level of Transparency for Financial Management, Great Nonprofits Top Rated Nonprofits, and Gold Level Certification from the Portland Sustainability at Work Program. Molly has also taught english in Damascus, Syria, worked as a tenured teacher with Portland Public Schools, and was a puppeteer with a professional theatre company. She has a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts.Molly speaks conversational spanish and french.
Molly was Volunteer of the Year at IRCO Africa House in 2015, and loves dogs, writes and performs music, and enjoys studying french and spanish in her free time. She is proud to maintain a small environmental footprint through living car-free and eating a plant-based diet.
| Christina Estimé|
Operations & Events Manager
|Christina is the Operations and Events Manager at SE Uplift. She develops and improves SE Uplift operational systems, manages our website, and handles inquiries about conference room use. She plans and coordinates workshops, events, and trainings for members of SE Portland that address the mission of collaborating to build informed, inclusive, and participatory neighborhoods that support our social and ecological well-being. Another part of Christina’s multifaceted role is supporting several neighborhood associations and neighborhood association communication funds.
Christina has a BA in Philosophy and English with a minors in both Women and Gender Studies and Justice. She has been an Americorps volunteer working in solutions to homelessness. Christina parle le francais et Creole.
Christina is the SEUL staff liaison to three Neighborhood Associations: Mt. Scott-Arleta, Richmond, and Sunnyside.
Christina was born in Haiti and moved to New York when she was nine years old. She enjoys spending time with her friends, and watching the latest films in theaters!
| Leah Fisher|
Neighborhood Planning Program Manager
|Leah is the SE Uplift Neighborhood Planning Program Manager, and serves as the main point of contact for community members wanting to communicate about Portland’s land use and transportation planning policy and processes. Leah supports SE Uplift’s Land Use and Transportation Committee which meets monthly and represents perspectives of volunteers from each of our twenty neighborhood associations as well as several business associations. Another part of Leah’s multifaceted role is supporting several neighborhood associations.
Leah holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Bachelor’s degree in City and Regional Planning, Minor in Economics. She has worked for state and local government, and is a LEED accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Leah is the SEUL staff liaison four Neighborhood Associations: Brentwood-Darlington, Reed, Buckman, and Mount Tabor.
On any given day, Leah can be found working in her yard or garden, relaxing on the porch with her 2 daughters, playing soccer, jogging, or walking through her Southeast Portland neighborhood.
| Mireaya Medina|
Community Outreach & Communications Manager
|Mireaya manages the Community Clean up Events Program at SE Uplift and is the Communications Manager. She has found true love in combining social justice, art and digital design, while working to keep neighborhoods clean. Mireaya also works with the Portland United Against Coalition, a community initiated partnership of organizations, concerned communities, and the City of Portland, working with the Office of Community and Civic Life to build a rapid response system that combines reporting and tracking of hateful acts and providing the support and protection our communities need in this uncertain era. Another part of Mireaya’s multifaceted role is supporting several neighborhood associations.
Mireaya has directed programming and been an instructor at a variety of social justice nonprofits and has a degree in Design. She has expertise in empowerment, community engagement and leadership development.
Mireaya is the SEUL staff liaison to four Neighborhood Associations: Foster-Powell, Kerns, South Tabor, and Woodstock.
Mireaya enjoys capacity building through volunteering and serving marginalized and oppressed communities, building relationships and creating new outreach strategies. She also loves 90's jams, collecting rocks and zumba.
| Muz Afzal|
Community Engagement & Small Grants Manager
|Muz Afzal manages the Small Grants Program at SE Uplift. He also is a community engagement liaison building networks with diverse communities throughout Portland. Muz works with the Portland United Against Coalition, a community initiated partnership of organizations, concerned communities, and the City of Portland, working with the Office of Community and Civic Life to build a rapid response system that combines reporting and tracking of hateful acts and providing the support and protection our communities need in this uncertain era. Another part of Muz’s multifaceted role is supporting several neighborhood associations.
Muz earned a BA in Philosophy with a Minor in Global Sustainability. He was a Public Relations Intern with city government in Sacramento, and worked in housing and support services for houseless community members in Portland before joining SE Uplift. He is motivated by a desire for a more just and kind world by raising awareness to disparities stemming from cultural, racial, economic and social injustices. Muz speaks Urdu, Punjabi, and Hindi.
Muz is the SEUL staff liaison to four Neighborhood Associations: Creston-Kenilworth, Eastmoreland, Montavilla, and SMILE (Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League).
Muz was born into a Muslim Pakistani family in California, and was raised on a small farm. He spends his time volunteering, fostering dogs, cooking and gardening.
| Gaby Saldaña-Lopez|
Community Engagement & Fiscal Sponsorship
|Gaby is the Fiscal Sponsorship Program Manager supporting SE Neighborhoods as well as community groups to create changes in their area. She is also a community engagement liaison building networks with diverse communities throughout Portland. Gaby is responsible for supporting SE Uplift’s ongoing efforts to engage the entire population of the coalition area focusing on providing a platform for underrepresented voices. Another part of Gaby’s multifaceted role is supporting several neighborhood associations.
Gaby has worked in nonprofit and educational settings with people from diverse backgrounds on a variety of projects, issues, and causes to build community capacity, including Latinx youth leadership. She has a double BA in Planning, Public Policy and Management, and International Studies, with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration.
Gaby is the SEUL staff liaison to five Neighborhood Associations: Ardenwald-Johnson Creek, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Action Corps), HAND (Hosford Abernethy Neighborhood District), Laurelhurst, N. Tabor.
In her free time, Gaby enjoys painting, volunteering, going on hikes around Portland and attending community events.