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
Community Artist & Builder
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.