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


Kaia Sand, Street Roots Executive Director
Executive Director
Executive Editor
Vendor Program Staff
Development Director
Cole Merkel
Vendor Program Director
Desmond Hardison
DeVon Pouncy
Vendor Program Coordinator
Emily Green
Senior Staff Reporter
Kayla Jones
Administrative Assistant
Monica Kwasnik
Editorial Producer
Nina Lee, Street Roast Outreach Coordinator
Street Roast Outreach Coordinator
Rosemary Wilson
Development Assistant


Rachel Langford
Board Chair
Vice Chair
Alison Hallett
Heather Stadick
John Brown
Board Member
Board Member
Nels Johnson
Board Member
Sandra Hahn
Board Member

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