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
Executive Editor
Sarah Cloud
Development Director
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
Rosemary Wilson
Development Assistant
Sarah Beecroft
Operations Director
Scott Jackson
Vendor Program Assistant

Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots and its writers and vendors are an invaluable part of our community's fabric. Social justice is only within our grasp only when we all participate in learning about, supporting, and fighting for this mission. Street Roots is a daily reminder, on blocks throughout Portland, that we are all in this together.

- Mara Zepeda, co-founder, Switchboard