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Boards and Staff

Founder & Chairman

Sam Brooks


Recognized for his outstanding service by the Portland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Brooks has been instrumental in fostering economic development and opportunity for MWESBs (Minority Women-Owned and Ethnic Small Businesses) and disabled veteran-owned businesses.

Chair of the Board

Herb Yamamoto

CEO, BIM Connection LLC

Herb graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, which has strongly influenced his career in entrepreneurship and socio-economic initiatives. As the founder of his firm, Herb focuses on delivering advanced Building Information Modeling (BIM) services for the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) sector. Alongside his professional commitments, Herb holds deep personal values in his faith in Christ and prioritizes his family above all else.

Secretary & Treasurer

Fred Carter


Fred Carter is a founding board member of the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME). His leadership and vision were instrumental in establishing OAME as a platform to champion and support minority entrepreneurs in Oregon.

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 Díaz is a dynamic investor focused on growth across equities, real estate, and other investments. An avid art collector, his collection includes works from Oregon and Latin American artists. He serves on the board of OAME and contributes to the Portland Community College Foundation, aiming to improve access to education. Díaz holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon, emphasizing his commitment to community development and diverse investments.

Naim Hasan

Naim Hasan Photography, LLC

Naim Hasan has been a trusted provider of high-quality photographic services since 2002, serving a diverse clientele that includes local, regional, and national entities such as government agencies, business associations, and travel and tourism organizations.

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