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Boards and Staff

Founder & Chairman

Mr. Sam Brooks

Chair of the Board

Herb Yamamoto

CEO, BIM Connection LLC

Herb is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (Mechanical Engineering, M.S.), and is passionate about entrepreneurship and socio-economic initiatives. His firm provides Building Information Modeling (BIM) services for the AEC community. Most of all, he values his faith in Christ and his family.

Secretary & Treasurer

Fred Carter

Fred Carter, CPA

Vice Chair of Board

Summer Fowler

Owner/President, Well Faculty, LEED AP+ BD&C, Assoc. AIA

ecoREAL (D/E/WBE #6977): Green Building consulting company founded by Summer Fowler in 2009 with a mission to provide sustainability with equity in the built environment. Summer has over 20 years of experience in the Green Building industry starting in a global architecture firm. Her team provides services for reaching LEED, Living Building, Path to Net Zero Energy to Zero Carbon, and Well Building goals with cost-effective tools and training, including proprietary Green Canary healthy material tracking software to optimize sustainability and equity goals.

CE Engineers

Diana Delgado

Co-Owner, Electrical Engineer

CE Engineers, Inc. (D/E/MBE OR #5618): Founded in 2006, CE Engineers, is a father-daughter-owned electrical engineering firm. Diana has been with the company since 2010 and her team focuses on electrical power distribution design, instrumentation and controls engineering, and arc flash studies.

Ed Wilson

President, Ampere Electric

Dimas Diaz

MAXXIMO Investments, LLC, President

Dimas graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning and is passionate about investing, entrepreneurship, and collecting art from the underrepresented artist in our community.

Naim Hasan

Naim Hasan Photography, LLC

Naim Hasan Photography, LLC has been providing quality photographic services since 2002, for Local, Regional, and National Clients including Local Government, Regional and National Business Associations, and Regional and National Travel and Tourism Associations.

Received the OAME MWESBSDV “Company of the Year Award”, May 2023

Received the Portland Business Alliance “Community Champion Award”, 2019

Naim, spent 14 years in the Telecommunications Industry, as a Sales, Management, and Marketing professional where he earned numerous top sales awards.

As a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, he won over 100 Regional Championships, and as a National and International Competitor, he won Seven (7) Gold, Two (2) Silver, and Four (4) Bronze Medals including a Gold Medal at the 1988 Olympic Trials earning a spot on the 1988 US Olympic Team.

As a (PADI) Master Diver, Naim has over 300 dives in Regional and exotic dive destinations. Inspired by one of his favorite Television shows called Sea Hunt, with Lloyd Bridges.

Elected to the Travel Portland Executive Board in 2014 and was elected to serve as the Travel Portland Board Chair beginning July 1, 2017, through June 2018. And remains an active member of the Travel Portland Association Board.

OAME Advisory Board




Carrie Baxandall Chair– Program Manager Business Oregon- COBID
Kate Sinner Innovation & Entrepreneurship Manager Business Oregon
Biko Taylor Chief Procurement Officer City of Portland
Scott Bossom Sr. VP and SBA Manager Columbia Bank
Kelly Stevens-Malnar Cooperative Purchasing Coordinator DAS Procurement
Mel Jones Inclusion Specialist Hoffman Construction
Peter Garcia Procurement Coordinator Home Forward
Ryan McGrew Oregon Vice President Howard S. Wright
Shelly Richards V.P. Client Account Manager Jacobs
Martell Dyles Senior Manager of Diversity and Inclusion Western Region JE Dunn
Gabriele Schuster Senior Procurement Analyst MWESB Metro
Lindsay Verdugo Senior Community Affairs Specialist Mortenson
Brian Smith Purchasing Manager Multnomah County
Clayton Judge Director of Global Supplier Development Nike
Angela Crain Office of Civil Rights Field and Business Support ODOT
Eloisa Miller Director Corporate Division Oregon Secretary of State Office
N/A Economic and Business Equity Manager Oregon Governor’s Office
Dana Hill Supplier Diversity Program Director Oregon Health Sciences University
Bob Gravely Regional Business Manager Pacific Power
Sheila Muckridge Marketing Division Manager Parametrix
Tammy Marquez-Oldham Director PCC-S.B. Development Center
Steven Nakana Community Outreach Manager PGE
Irene Appel Small Business Technical Assistant Specialist Port of Portland
Avtar Sunnivagora Certified Business Program Manager Portland Public Schools
Karen Thomson Director, Contracting and Procurement Services Portland State University
Michelle Jalali Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Portland Trail Blazers
Christy Witzke Vice President of Marketing, Sales, and Communications SAIF
Tim Johnson/Lee Fleming Executive Vice President and General Manager Skanska
Martin Golden District Director SBA
John Gardner Director, Transit Equity, Inclusion, and Community Affairs TriMet
Eddie Laberge Business Development Engineer Turner Construction
Steve Backstrom VP, District Manager North Portland U.S. Bank
Afton Walsh Project Manager/Outreach Coordinator Walsh Construction
Richard Yuvienco Vice President Portland Commercial Banking Wells Fargo
Kaitlyn Sullivan Sr. Marketing Manager Oregon & SW Washington WSP
Aidan Groenauer Civil Rights Manager WSDOT


Nathan Webster

Executive Director

Jorge Guerra



Bill Prows

Director of Business Development, Events & Youth Programs


Tei-Onna Haggard

Director of Access to Capital & Marketing


Cheryl Nelson

Office Manager/ Membership Services