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RiverWest Village Coordinating Team

While the twenty-five plus member Planning Group is the decision-making body for RiverWest Village development, the 5-10 person Coordinating Team (CT) helps direct the planning process and otherwise supports the Planning Group in its work. The CT helps drive strategic long-term planning, coordinates work teams and/or committees, organizes and facilitates Planning Group meetings, and identifies and helps prioritize needs and issues.

Current Coordinating Team Members:

Sharon Marcus: Sharon worked for more than 25 years in administration, curriculum development/implementation and teaching in the fields of art and general studies at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. She has served on several non-profit boards, lectured and conducted workshops across the US and in Costa Rica, and collaborated with colleagues on the successful staging of international art projects (exhibitions, conferences and retreats) in the US, Australia, Western and Central Europe. While chair of the Arts and Culture Committee of Partners of the Americas, she worked with artisans in Costa Rica to design and implement art exchange programs in Oregon and Costa Rica. She was managing editor of an international tapestry journal for three years. She lives in the South Portland neighborhood of SW Portland. Sharon Marcus
C.B. Wright: CB’s career evolved from training in education and psychology into hospitality furnishings sales. Pioneering the marketing of commercial products as a sole proprietor in the Bay Area led, among other things, to co-founding the Hospitality Industry Association and its nonprofit program “Philanthropy by Design.” The experience of seeing volunteers change the opportunities available to strangers led to more than twenty years of working with nonprofits in leadership roles. CB moved to Oregon to lead Rebuilding Together in Beaverton and went on to fundraise for an organization that provides services to adults with disabilities. During that time CB served on the Boards of Hands On Greater Portland and the Willamette Valley Development Officers. She currently is on the board of MotiveSpace, a nonprofit helping other nonprofits with real estate needs at reduced rates. C.B. Wright
Jean Trygstad: Jean recently retired (for the second time) from Oregon Health and Science University. During her 20 years with OHSU she was a member of the School of Medicine management team with oversight of operations and finance for various departments. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Multnomah Citizens Involvement Committee and as a volunteer at Tryon Creek Park for the Story and Stroll program. She enjoys exploring the many natural areas of the NW and the world. Jean Trygstad
Carl Petterson:: Carl spent 36 years with Northwest Natural Gas Company designing and supervising transmission pipelines, compressor plants, garbage gas recovery, geothermal energy, gas exploration and production and underground storage. He has lived in SW Portland since he began the 5th Grade at Multnomah Grade School, now Multnomah Art Center. Volunteer work in professional and community ventures has been a life-long pursuit for him. He married his college sweetheart, Susie, soon after college; they live in Multnomah Village. Foreign travel, the study of life sciences, rowing racing shells and yoga currently take up his spare time after work on Villages is done. Carl
John Dougherty: John worked in health care, research, and teaching at a university medical center for 25 years before moving into public health, where he worked for national, state, and local public health organizations. Currently he provides program development, evaluation, and technical assistance to non-profit and community-based organizations in public health, health services, the environment, and the healing arts. He is a psychologist and pharmacologist by training and is a resident of the Hillsdale neighborhood of SW Portland. john-dougherty
Ann Andler – Villages NW Advisor: Founder of Villages NW, Anne Andler is also the founder and former chair of the Eastside Village planning group, the first of the local grassroots Villages to take root. Anne brings over 35 years of experience working with nonprofits, start-ups and mission-driven businesses to her role as “village midwife,” and is honored to have been chosen by the Villages NW Board to serve as Villages NW’s first Executive Director. Anne also serves on the Low/Moderate Income Committee and the Membership Committee of the national Village-to-Village Network, where her focus is on mentoring villages in formation and early development. anne-andler


[River West Village is one of several “spokes” of Villages NW, the parent non-profit organization of the Village movement in the Portland metro area. River West benefits from the leadership and assistance offered by Villages NW advisers.]