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.

Staff

Street Roots Staff

Sarah Cloud

Sarah brings to Street Roots over 20 years of experience working for non-profits and political organizations. In her free time she travels through the city by bike and dragon boat, enjoys playing with her two dogs and is raising two incredible girls.

scloud (at) streetroots (dot) org

Joanne Zuhl

Joanne Zuhl joined Street Roots in 2003 as a volunteer editor and today is the managing editor of the organization. A professional journalist since 1993, Joanne’s career has spanned civic affairs, business news, and providing state and national commentary for editorials. She was the editorial page editor at The Post-Crescent, a 55,000 daily circulation newspaper in Wisconsin, before deciding to leave corporate journalism and pursue nonprofit work in Portland, Oregon.

joanne (at) streetroots (dot) org

Israel Bayer

Israel Bayer has been working in the street newspaper movement for more than a decade. He has worked for Real Change, a street newspaper in Seattle, Washington and for the North American Street Newspaper Association. Israel is also a journalist, poet, photographer and painter.

israel (at) streetroots (dot) org

Rosemary Wilson

Rosemary was born and raised in Australia and has called the US home for nearly two decades now. She has devoted her career to working with nonprofit organizations in areas including development and operations. When not at Street Roots, Rosemary enjoys traveling, playing the ukulele, and learning about life, the universe, and everything.

Gaby Swisher

Gaby is Street Root's MSW Intern from Portland State University for 2016/17.  Gaby came to Street Roots after working for several years as a case manager for people experiencing mental health disabilities and houselessness.  She enjoys spending time outside and cooking for friends when she isn't buried under piles of homework. 

Meghann Van Pelt

Meghann Van Pelt grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and continues to stretch her boundaries of home as she has been spending the past two years after graduation from Seton Hall University traveling, hiking, and exploring whenever possible. She is an avid fan of meandering around town with friends, biking, and trying not to take life too seriously. Meghann will be serving at Street Roots as the Volunteer Coordinator, Vendor Program and Editorial Assistant.

Monica Kwasnik

Monica was born and raised in Salem and studied journalism at the University of Oregon. With an emphasis on copy editing, she worked at newspapers in New Jersey, New York and Missouri before returning to Oregon in 2014. When not at Street Roots, Monica spends time with her daughter and husband and studies media management in grad school.

Scott Jackson

Scott grew up in the Seattle area and attended Seattle Pacific University where he studied Global Development. He is excited to be at Street Roots after serving his second year of service as a Jesuit Volunteer (JV) with the organization. He spent his first year as a JV with JOIN leading immersion experience and offering hospitality in a day space. He is passionate about ending homelessness and creating a community where all are welcome and can afford to live.  In his free time you may find him running, hiking, biking, reading, taking photos or attempting to start a garden.

Emily Green

Emily Green joined Street Roots as a volunteer and freelance writer in February of 2014. She was hired as Street Roots’ first full-time reporter 10 months later.Emily received a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus on news/editorial from the University of Oregon where she worked as a reporter for Oregon Daily Emerald. Locally, her articles have appeared in Willamette Week and Portland Tribune. 

emily (at) streetroots (dot) org

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Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots advocates for those folks who don’t have a voice and you and your team work diligently, and with great humanity, humility and grace to bring those stories center stage for food, housing, healthcare and social justice. Portland is lucky to have an organization like Street Roots to help us understand the complexities of homelessness, politics and the community.

- Tamara Pedrojetti, Community Relations Manager and SafeLink Program Manager, CareOregon
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