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Phoebe (they/she) is a passionate activist and organizer with a diverse professional background ranging from politics to education to performance. After stepping in last minute to manage a campaign for state representative in 2020, she discovered a passion for helping grassroots organizations set up for success while connecting with people on the ground.
Phoebe has degrees in vocal performance and music history from Chapman University. They continue to educate young performers both privately and as music director for children’s theaters, and they continue to perform with various theaters and operas around the Portland area. Recently, Phoebe got the opportunity to combine her two passions for singing and social justice by creating the role of Celeste Owen in the world premiere of new opera FREE MEN with Cabaletta Productions.
When they manage to find free time between work and rehearsals, you can find Phoebe on the couch with their partner and a very fluffy cat, either crocheting, embroidering, or reading.
Matchu feels fortunate to work with the community in advancing the SE Uplift mission of collaborating to build informed, inclusive, and participatory neighborhoods that support our social and ecological well-being. He looks forward to assisting neighborhood and partnering with the community in building capacity and equity.
Matchu holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a focus on Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies and Criminal Justice. You may know Matchu from the SE Uplift Board of Directors. He brings a wealth of community engagement to SE Uplift having previously served as Chair of Mt. Scott Arleta Neighborhood Association, BikeLoud Memorial Events Coordinator, Arleta Triangle Project Planning Committee, South East in Active Motion Co-Chair, and has volunteered with groups including Urban Gleaners, Sisters of the Road, SOLVE, Transition Projects, Food Not Bombs, Humane Society of SW Washington, and more.
On his days off he dreams of the next bikepacking (biking + camping) trip. When in town he enjoys cycling, seeing movies on the big screen at the historic Hollywood Theatre, and enjoying food at Portland Mercado with friends.
Matchu is the SE Uplift Liaison for the following neighborhoods: Brentwood-Darlington, Foster-Powell, Mt. Scott-Arleta, Reed, South Tabor, and Sunnyside.
Alez is the Partnerships and Grantmaking Programs Manager for SE Uplift. As an active listener, creative thinker and problem solver, Alex loves to brainstorm and collaborate with others in order to actualize visions of a more connected and active SE community. He is looking forward to fostering new relationships and nurturing established ones as well as supporting new developments within the neighborhoods of SE Portland.
Alex is the SE Uplift Liaison for the following neighborhoods: Brooklyn, Buckman, Creston-Kenilworth, Kerns, North Tabor, Woodstock.
Nanci is the Executive Director for SE Uplift.