WeShine Initiative is a nonprofit corporation formed by a grass roots group of neighbors from several northeast and southeast neighborhoods working together to help find better solutions for people experiencing houselessness in Portland. Our goal is to site transitional  micro-villages in participating neighborhoods, with start-up and operational funding from the Joint Office of Homeless Services and the City of Portland, as well as other grants and donations. 

WeShine stands for Welcoming, Empowering, Safe Habitation Initiative with Neighborhood Engagement.


WeShine is a 501(c)(3) designated public charity. 

Contributions to WeShine are tax deductible.

We were mobilized by the need for neighborhoods to engage in positive productive action to be part of the solution to houselessness—to offer hospitality rather than hostility– as well as a supportive pathway to affordable permanent housing. 

WeShine is addressing the homelessness crisis by building a new model of  supported micro-village on leased private property, in residential neighborhoods,   with wraparound services and robust volunteer engagement. Our dream is that other neighborhoods will join us in this work and establish WeShine micro-villages throughout many Portland neighborhoods.  

WE SHINE was particularly motivated to organize in response to the Joint Office Of Homeless Services Request for Programmatic Qualifications in February of 2021.

Contact us at info@weshinepdx.org

Here are some of the people that make up WeShine. If you would like to join forces with us please join our list here or contact us and see how you can fit in!



Janet (Jan) McManus, LMSW, Executive Director

Janet (Jan) McManus, LMSW. Social worker and social services innovator with more than 45 years’ experience in special needs housing development, crisis intervention and adult protective services, program development and management, long term care, service coordination, and organizational administration and financing.  Jan lives in the Laurelhurst neighborhood. 

Christine (Chris) Tanner, Board Chair

Chris Tanner is a retired nurse with decades of experience in teaching, community development and coalition building, grant writing, project management and community health. She has served on several boards of non-profits, and board member and  Chair of the Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association.  She is a founding member of the WeShine Board.

Randolph Carter, Board Vice Chair

Randolph Carter, an educational consultant who specializes in diversity, equity and inclusion for schools and colleges and lives in the Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhood.  

Andrew Kualaau, Treasurer

Andrew Kualaau, an addiction specialist who is working on his PhD and has frontline experience working in health care. Andrew has lived experience of houselessness and housing instability and lives in West Beaverton. 

JoAnn Herrigel, Secretary

JoAnn Herrigel, a retired urban and social services planner and administrator and neighborhood activist who lives in the Laurelhurst neighborhood. 

Simona Bearcub

Simona has always advocated for herself and others. As a child and teenager in the foster care system, Simona learned early to stand up for what she needed, as well as to defend others also trapped by injustice systems. She is a queer two-spirit Afro-Indigenous femme, enrolled as a member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes.

Rob Coleman

Rob Coleman is a construction lawyer with experience representing all facets of the construction industry in Oregon and Washington.

Jennifer Coon

Jennifer Coon, a Peer Support Specialist who works full-time at Blanchet House and lives in the Buckman neighborhood.  Jenn has lived experience of houselessness and addiction and has been in recovery for 4 years.   

Dwight Jefferson

Dwight Jefferson is a housing and economic planner with the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. As a member of the bureau’s Anti-Displacement Action Plan team, he helps the City strategize how to protect Portland’s most vulnerable residents from being forced out of their homes and neighborhoods due to rising costs in the housing market.

Scott Robertson

Scott is a civil engineer who has worked on transit projects in Portland for over 15 years as an inspector, design manager, and construction manager. Scott lives in the Rose City Park neighborhood

Dave Weaver

 Dave Weaver, co-founder of WeShine, a web designer, digital resource specialist and neighborhood activist who lives in the Kerns neighborhood. 

Advisory Council

in random order

DJ Heffernan

DJ Heffernan, a retired land use planning consultant and neighborhood activist who lives in the Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhood. 

Valerie Ilsley

Retired real estate banker, member of Social Venture Partners and 99 Girlfriends, with an interest in providing administrative support to WeShine, particularly in the area of construction management.

Bruce Murray

Retired real estate banker and business consultant, member of Social Venture Partners, instrumental in the development of CASHOregon, a free tax-preparation program for low-income Oregonians. Bruce has a interest in providing administrative support to WeShine in the area of contract management.

Heidi Henrinckx

Director of the Oregon Center of Excellence for Assertive Community Treatment (OCEACT) and Director of Research and Evaluation, Options for Southern Oregon

Cindy Cumfer

Retired attorney, Cindy literally co-wrote the book on forming and operating nonprofit organizations in Oregon, “The Oregon Nonprofit Corporation”. She is also a board member of the First Unitarian Church of Portland.

Raven Drake

Raven moved to Portland in December of 2019 and went to work with Street Roots as a vendor.  In March 2020,she developed and ran their coronavirus action team. After writing the C3PO camp proposal with Kaia Sands, she became the camp’s medical program coordinator in its first few months of operation. She returned to Street Roots in September 2020 to develop the Ambassador Program. Raven spends most of her free time writing and planning new ways to advocate for those living out on the streets. As someone who lived through houselessness herself, she holds a passion for this work.

Dave Brook

Dave Brook is a retired transportation consultant, responsible for bringing carsharing to the US from Europe in 1998. Since moving to NE Portland in the 1990s he has been active in the affordable housing, low income energy and neighborhood associations. He is a long time Board member and is Chair of the Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association. He is also a member of the NE Coalition of Neighborhoods Board of Directors