Thank You to our Contributors
Board of Directors
Hermann Colas Jr.
Hermann is the founder of the award-winning, family-owned Colas Construction, the largest minority-owned construction company in Oregon. Colas Construction is strongly committed to working with minority contractors, building educational programs for youth, and connecting with communities of color. The company has set a leading example for diversity and inclusion on its projects. As President of the Board, Hermann is committed to honoring the history of Vanport and its BIPOC communities.
Rev. E.D. Mondaine
E.D. is the founder of Po’Shines Café de la Sol in North Portland. He has helped develop job training and career development programs for communities of color, and is an activist for social justice issues, an entrepreneur for creating successful businesses, a public speaker, a civic leader, and a musician. E.D. serves as Board Secretary.
Corky is the Executive Director of the Columbia Corridor Association (CCA). He guides the largest economic corridor in Oregon, which includes transportation, land use, equity, and natural resources. The CCA includes 2,500 businesses which employ 65,000 people, with the highest number of middle-wage jobs in the state. He is an active member of the Multnomah County Drainage District, Levee Ready Columbia Project, and Feasibility Project of the Army Corps of Engineers. Corky is knowledgeable about Vanport history and the impacts flooding had on Oregon history, and he’s especially aware of other impacts on Native American lands.
James Stanley Harrison
James Harrison is an instructor of history and humanities and former Chair of the Social Science Department at the Cascade Campus of Portland Community College in North Portland. He has taught a range of courses, including the African-American and U.S. History sequences, History of Africa, and Race and Racism. Prof. Harrison has been a speaker for many social justice programs and is writing a book on the history of Vanport.
Carl Abbott is a historian, speaker, and urban studies expert. He taught urban studies and planning at Portland State University for thirty-five years and has written extensively about the history of Portland and the Pacific Northwest. He has been active as a board member of a number of community groups, including the Oregon Encyclopedia, the Historic Preservation League of Oregon, the Oregon Downtown Development Association, and Chamber Music Northwest. He wrote the essay about Vanport for the Oregon Encyclopedia. Dr. Abbott is the author of many articles and books about Portland history.
Tanya March, PhD
and many partners and collaborators
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Thank You to Our Supporters
We are grateful to our funders who donate financially, our supporters who contribute invaluable in-kind services, and to those organizations who voice their support for our work. Thank you!
City of Portland
Columbia Corridor Association
Columbia Slough Watershed Council
East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
Home Builders Association of Metro Portland
Kenton Business Association
Kenton Neighborhood Association
Levee Ready Columbia
MCDD Flood Protection
Metro Vanport Legacy Fund
National Trust for Historic Preservation
North Portland Trust Fund
Oregon Cultural Trust
Oregon Park and Recreation’s Oregon Heritage Commission
Peninsula Drainage District #2
Portland International Raceway
Port of Portland
Portland Parks and Recreation
Portland State University
SERA Architects, Inc.