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

Kayla Jones

Kayla Jones joined Street Roots as the administrative assistant in September of 2018. She grew up in Warm Springs, Oregon as a part of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. One day she aspires to open up her own non-profit to help indigenous peoples experiencing addictions and homelessness. On her spare time she enjoys being out in nature, writing poetry, and meditating. kayla (at) streetroots (dot) org

Nina Lee

Nina is a Portland native and stoked to be managing Street Roast, a product that joins two large parts of their world, coffee and community, as well as serving as the development assistant. Prior to joining Street Roots, they studied poetry at PSU, and can still be found serving joe for Marigold Coffee. When not working, Nina is usually found nesting at home with their kitten, writing, giggling at memes, and admiring every passing dog.

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.

DeVon Pouncey

DeVon began his position as the Vendor Coordinator in July of 2018. Before becoming a program coordinator, DeVon started his journey with Street Roots as a staff writer with an interest in covering the intersectionality of sports and politics. He has a Bachelor of Arts in General Media from Pacific University. His main interests are family, sports and food.

Emily Green

Emily Green joined Street Roots as a volunteer and freelance writer in February 2014, and she was hired as its first, full-time reporter 10 months later. Emily's articles have won numerous awards, including seven awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for long-form feature writing and for reporting on the environment and crime and justice. Her work has appeared in street papers spanning the globe, including in Greece, Germany, Portugal, Denmark, Canada, Japan and across the United States.

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.

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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