Day-to-day operations and programs are run by a mostly volunteer driven group of activists. Organizers run the communication lines, teach workshops, table at conferences and events, give speaking presentations, put on festivals and celebrations and any other task to sustain the organization and move our world toward an equitable and sustainable community.
Below are our current core City Repair administrators, most who are contributing the main of their efforts toward the Village Building Convergence.
Co-Executive Director, Volunteer Co-Coordinator, Placemaking Organizer, Diversity and Equity Program Specialist
Co-Executive Director, Co-Director for Placemaking, Development, Leadership Development Departments, Diversity and Equity Program Specialist
Oregon Humanities Conversation Project Facilitator 2018-2019
Co-Executive Director (2017-2018)
Finance Co-Director (2017-2018)
Interim Office Manager (2017-2018)
Diversity and Equity Program Specialist (2017-2018)
PDX Permaculture Coordinator, Permaculture Design Instructor
Matt Bibeau began his adventure with City Repair in 2005 and currently serves as the Director of Educational Events as well as one of the senior instructors in the non-profit's Urban Permaculture Design Course. Matt's other hat is with the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children (IPEC), where he serves as Executive Director and manager of the org's educational farm, Jean's Farm. His role with IPEC includes leading workshops, trainings, and youth programming. Matt holds a Masters degree in Sustainability Education from Portland State University and a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of New England, the same University that hosted his 2015 TEDx talk: Building Local Resiliency through Placemaking. Matt deeply enjoys opportunities to both teach with and learn from other projects, organizations and communities in order to build a greater sense of connectivity and momentum towards ecological integrity, economic viability and cultural thrivability.
City Repair Co-founder, Placemaking Expert, International Presenter and Teacher
Mark always gets out of bed in the morning excited to take down the patriarchy by repairing cities. He sees placemaking as restorative work, reacquainting people with how many complex dimensions of urban life can rejoin and then become simple together. Mark loves watching people create together and enact ecological and community repair as a way of finding their power. Mark loves building, designing, drawing, helping, using his hands in a zillion creative ways. He also loves being a son, brother, dad, husband, a friend, and an old growth activist. Mark has been part of CR for a long, long time, and he won’t go away, even if you chase him. Also, Mark is nobody’s boss.
Natural Building Co-Coordinator
Frances has been with VBC since 2009, playing many roles within the core group, creating special theater projects, leading natural building projects and overall coordination. Hailing from the land of Minnesota, she’s an artist, playground maker, tiny home builder, puppeteer, community activist, and natural builder. Her heart’s desire includes healing our wounded culture, enjoying life with her family and friends, and transforming the world. Frances is a cofounder of Planet Repair Institute where she teaches natural building in City Repair’s Urban Permaculture Design Course.
Neil helps keep cityrepair.org up to date as well organize www.villagebuildingconvergence.com. He arrived at City Repair 3 years ago with the magic words, “Hi, what do you need help with?” Neil also volunteers with the Community Built Association, where he serves on the board. He also volunteers with Trailkeepers of Oregon as an assistant crew leader helping steward trails in the Gorge and around Mt. Hood. Also an avid hiker and backpacker, he can be found most weekends somewhere in the forest.
Natural Building Coordinator
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Placemaking Liaison Coordinator 2017-2019
Japanese Placemaking Specialist
Music Coordinator & Sponsorship
Shen Bruns is from the Florida panhandle and spent formative years in Oakland, California. Learning about City Repair’s accomplishments with Portland communities was a big part of what led him to the Pacific Northwest. In the weeks before VBC 2018, he quickly organized a pipe line of local musicians to volunteer their time and skills serenading placemakers at various sites around the city, including Sunnyside Piazza’s Intersection Repainting. Shen has experience working six consecutive years at The 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach Florida in various roles, including Venue Manager, Stage Manager and Emcee. These experiences have uniquely prepared him for his new role as Music Coordinator. He currently works as an Account and Operations Manager at Belmont Coffee Service and performs Live Electronic Music at venues around the city under the moniker Shendig. He is grateful to spend free time immersing himself in nature, attending live music events and cooking meals at home for loved ones with his partner of over five years.
Community Wellness Specialist, Outreach, T-fleet
Luke has been working with City Repair since 2006, introduced into the fold at a historic event “MetaPoeIsis” and first era of the EarthLight Project. Having had these experiences and grand adventures with the T-fleet, hands on at many Placemaking work parties and a wide range of event production aspects for the VBC series, Howl, Timeshift, Savior the World ... he has a well-rounded understanding of the scope of City Repair’s mission. In his Calling, Luke draws upon the richness of lived experience from the paths of Visionary Artist, Peer Wellness Specialist, Universalist Swami-Jedi Minister and Ambassador. Luke is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Mutual Benefit Society, Global Community Designs, and a member of many government advisory councils on wellness and crisis recovery. With diplomatic dignity and grace he engages a myriad of communities in a spirit of hope that others may come to similar rediscovery of purpose and empowerment in life ... intentionally, even by a catalyst effect, we may stoke momentum for Initiating Ripples of Wellness... to expand paradise upon this Earth.
Intermedia Artist, Storyteller, Creative Youth Mentor
I am a multimedia artist, storyteller and creative youth mentor, based in my hometown, Portland Oregon. I produce murals, paintings, comics, illustrations, theatrical designs, and serve as the Crew Director at West Sylvan Drama. Through my breadth of work I deliver an image of surrealism, stewardship, connectivity, color therapy, and playfulness. I use my media to inspire and develop a deepened connection with the natural world. I earned my BFA in illustration and communication design at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2017 and continue to learn and teach as I work. My role within City Repair puts my creativity to use: In 2018 In produced the poster graphics and this year i am producing promotional material for the youth empowerment night. I enjoy to flow through projects in natural building, nutrition team, place making and feel comfortable adapting to roles when called to action.
Sponsorships & Eco Landscape
Marissa is enthusiastic about communities working together to beautify and regenerate the city. She was born and raised in Portland, received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Education at the University of Oregon, and is currently looking to start her own after school program that engages, mentors, and activates youth towards ecological stewardship. In her free time she loves to make art, play guitar, and find new monkey friends.
Ecological Landscape Co-Coordinator, Program Coordinator
Zach finds himself at the center of many amazing communities as a part-time pharmacist for Multnomah County, a part-time Life-Cycle Celebrant for his own ceremony business called Old Ways Ceremonies, a volunteer for City Repair and a board member of the North Tabor Neighborhood Association, and a Radical Faerie. He grew up in the woods of central Maine and made Portland, Oregon his home 13 years ago. He lives with his husband, Matt.
Volunteer Coordinator, Placemaker
Russell facilitates community collaboration, resource sharing, education and social activities through the scaled-up, and creative use of space. He organizes and hosts events, coordinates projects, and builds community spaces using upcycling and natural building methods. His work is often in collaboration with nonprofits such as City Repair, but he is also involved with Hedron Technology: a 3D printing lab and makerspace that frequently uses upcycled material to build art and prototypes for clients and provides the tools and talent behind a few local community-oriented organizations that have a presence at festivals and in the city.
City Repair Intern, VBC Youth Empowerment Night Organizer, Social Justice Activist, Earth Lover
Eve is a student at PSU who is working towards gaining a major in Theatre and a minor in Business. She dreams of one day being a stage manager for Cirque du Soleil. She is currently doing an internship through PSU (Student Leaders for Service) which brought her to serving with City Repair. She felt compelled to serve with City Repair due to her interest in community building and connecting with others who share a similar passion in making the world a better place. During her free time, she enjoys volunteering for different non profits around Portland, going on silly adventures with her community and going for meditative walks in the beautiful forests of the Pacific NW. A fun fact about Eve is that she is the proud mama of two sugar gliders (Pan + Tink).
Phil Randall is from Mountain View California. He moved to Portland in the fall of 2015 to attend Portland State pursuing Social Work at the time. Since then Phil has had a passion for helping others whenever possible. Now Phil is pursuing a BA in Community Development with a minor in sociology with the hope of attending Portland State University's Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program. In his time in Portland Phil has had internships with Kairos PDX (a charter school working with a primarily african american student body), the Rebuilding Center and now the City Repair Project. On campus Phil is a student leader through a PSU program called Student Leaders for Service which he has been a part of for the last two years. With City Repair Phil is a placemaking intern who is also working with the ecological landscaping team. Outside of school and City repair Phil is a proud dad of a kitten named Bacon.
Bea has been working with placemaking sites and City Repair events to build temporary ecological installations. These art projects offer a vital role in activating space, strengthening connections to the natural world, sparking curiosity, and cultivating community. Bea loves the opportunity that City Repair provides for teaming with other organizations to help enhance the city with art and community engagement while prioritizing sustainable action. She will be graduating from Evergreen College this spring with a focus on Socially Engaged Art and Economic Justice.
Evening Programming Intern
Robyn works with our Hearth events team to bring together guest speakers, musicians, and community members at the Central Hearth Village of the Village Building Convergence. Currently a student at Portland State University, she will complete her Bachelor of Arts in Community Development in June 2019. Robyn is an active volunteer who is passionate about working with youth. She spends time mentoring students at the Native American Youth and Family Center, and has also facilitated educational opportunities for youth at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Moving forward, she aims to pursue a Master of Arts in Education, using it to empower and stay connected with youth.
“Hearth” Central Venue and Events Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana Powers is from inner city Atlanta, Georgia and grew up on the Lake Claire Community Land Trust, connected to her family’s backyard. Her personal history is centered around connection with nature, music and art as medicine, as well as creating thoughtful solutions for people to better coexist with the planet through community. She has many years of experience in early childhood development and working with families to empower children. In 2016, Diana moved to Portland in to gain deeper knowledge of sustainable living and resilient cities. In summer of 2018, she earned her Permaculture Design Certificate while studying abroad in Peru. Currently, she is finishing a degree in Community Development with an emphasis on Sustainability at Portland State University. In 2018, she was a Placemaking Team intern and was on Ecological Landscaping and Outreach teams. For 2019, Diana is City Repair’s events program coordinator for the Hearth, or the central venue, during the Village Building Convergence.
Diana is passionate about the areas of social and environmental justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as art and music as platforms for community empowerment and connection.
She loves immersing herself in nature, cooking meals at home for friends, participating in mission-driven festivals, supporting music by going to live performances and crafting gifts by hand.