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

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

Nina Lee

Nina is a Portland native and is stoked to join two large parts of their world, coffee and community, with Street Roast. Prior to joining the Street Roots family, they studied literature and creative writing at PSU, and can still be found serving joe for Marigold Coffee. When not working, Nina is usually enjoying a local brew, writing, giggling at memes, and petting your dog and your neighbor's cat.

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.

Andrew Hogan

Andrew originally hails from Upstate New York, but has called Portland home for 11 years now. A fundraiser with a degree in Theatre & Gender Studies, most recently, he worked for Zenger Farm and helped grow the Urban Grange. He sees Street Roots and the vendor program as part of the fabric of Portland and is excited to be on the team. When not putting the "fun" in "fundraising", you might find him sipping a microbrew, eating a bagel, cooking up something in his kitchen or randomly injecting Buffy quotes into conversation to see if people notice.

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.

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

Desmond Hardison

Desmond is one of the founding fathers of Street Roots, here from day one as a vendor. Desmond helped create the organization's first mission statement and the first Street Roots board. Desmond was also the principal fundraiser for Street Roots in the early days. "I love people, Street Roots and my co-workers. Oh, and my family!" Desmond is a disabled veteran living in Portland Oregon.

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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
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