Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

Our Mission

Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.

Our People


Brad Taylor
Board Chair
Rachel Langford
Vice Chair
Alison Hallett
Board Member
Heather Stadick
John Brown
Board Member
Leo Rhodes
Board Member
Board Member
Nels Johnson
Board Member
Rich Rodgers
Board Member
Sandra Hahn
Board Member


Executive Director
Managing Editor
Sarah Cloud
Development Director
MSW Intern
Cole Merkel
Vendor Program Director
Desmond Hardison
Emily Green
Staff Reporter
Gaby Swisher
MSW Intern
Meghann Van Pelt
Jesuit Volunteer and Volunteer Coordinator
Monica Kwasnik
Editorial Assistant
Vendor Program Assistant
Development Assistant
Sarah Beecroft
Operations Director

Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots is a journalistic gem. I feel lucky to have access to such high caliber investigative reporting with a strong community conscience. Combine the newspaper with Street Roots’ tremendous community organizing presence and the result is an irreplaceable social change resource.

- David Rogers, Executive Director, ACLU of Oregon