portland’s finest

If you like Leftbank, you must love Portland.  And if you love Portland, you must know Portland Monthly magazine.  The current cover story is “The 50 Most Influential Portlanders” edited by Zach Dundas.  I’m a not-so-secret admirer of several folks featured there. One of them is Jonathan Maus of bikeportland.org.  Though Jonathan works from a downtown office these days, I used to cross paths with him every day when he worked in the hive.  He struck me as a sort of gentle powerhouse – someone whose passionate pursuit of his purpose will ultimately turn tides because he’s so darned thoughtful and disarming. 

Another on Portland Monthly’s list of 50 is Carmen Rubio of Latino Network.  Carmen’s dedication to her work is clear.  She is sharp, insightful, and completely engaging.  The Portland Monthly article says the 50 “possess the spark and will to craft Portland’s future”.  It calls her out as a rising star.  That sounds right.   

Latino network’s office home is just upstairs from me, on Leftbank’s 2nd floor.  In 2009, Carmen stepped up to direct this non-profit that (from their website) “provides transformative opportunities,  services, and advocacy for the education, leadership and civic engagement of our youth, families and communities.”  In existence since 1996, their programs, their reach, and certainly their visibility are growing fast.