Meet Our Board

Walle Brown Open Signal Board MHCRC Liaison | Principal Planner, Equity Urban

Walle is an equity-focused Urban Planner / Data Analyst based in Portland, Oregon. He is originally from Marietta / Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Portland from a Fulbright stay in South Korea. A seasoned public and non-profit employee, he is passionate about equitable access to and sustainable management of information and infrastructure for the point of actualizing the potential of people everywhere.

In his role as MHCRC liaison, he hopes to help synthesize complicated processes into few words and intuitive images, so people can understand what we do with as little barriers to understanding as possible.

Andrew DeVigal Open Signal Board Member | Associate Director, Agora Journalism Center at University of Oregon

Andrew is an Emmy Award-winning visual storyteller and the Associate Director of the Agora Journalism Center, the gathering place for innovation in communication and civic engagement at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism & Communication.

Andrew is also the former Multimedia Editor of The New York Times, where he conceived and produced groundbreaking storyforms and processes that helped shape the industry.

Karim Hassanein Open Signal Board Chair | Sr. Marketing Coordinator, Bora Architects

Karim spent his formative years outside the US, living in Egypt before moving to Oregon in 2007 to study landscape architecture. 

Karim is passionate about amplifying civic engagement, particularly in the urban environment. He loves cities and believes in the power of community media to positively impact Portland's social, political, and physical landscape. Karim is motivated to serve the Open Signal community, supporting citizenship as a visible, vocal, active process. 

Evelyn Liu Open Signal Board Member | Membership Director, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce

Evelyn is a native Oregonian, and is involved with many community organizations and causes, including United Way Tools for Independence Vision Council, JOIN, Living Stages, Theatre of the Oppressed, Micro-Enterprise Services of Oregon and Colored Pencils Art & Culture.

She has served as Vice-Chair for Diversity Initiatives at Daimler Trucks North America, as well as holding positions with Portland State University, PacifiCorp, Legacy Health Systems and Haimoff International Jewelers.

Fiona McCann Open Signal Board Member | Senior Editor-at-Large, Portland Monthly

Fiona McCann is a journalist and writer based in Portland. She is currently Senior Editor-at-Large at Portland Monthly. Previously she’s worked at social media news agency Storyful, the Irish Times newspaper, Reuters news agency, and RTE, Ireland’s national broadcaster.

Dawn Smallman Open Signal Board Secretary | Festival Director, Portland EcoFilm Festival

Dawn is the Festival Director of the Hollywood Theatre's Portland EcoFilm Festival, the largest environmental film festival in the Pacific Northwest. Dawn also manages the Hollywood Theatre's Fiscal Sponsorship Program, which supports the production of independent films.

Dawn is also a documentary filmmaker whose work includes films for exhibits at Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, as well as political campaign ads for Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty.

Tyesha Snow Open Signal Board Member | Strategy Director, Work & Co

Tyesha is the Director and co-creator of Stream PDX, a community podcast and storytelling studio. She brings a passion for the unique way in which audio can be used to tell completing stories and connecting with people in a deeply personal way.

A native Oregonian and mother or two, Tyesha is also an active member of the Portland tech, startup, and design communities, having worked with many local companies and agencies as an Experience Design consultant and mentor.

Lisa Faust Senior Vice President, Pacific West Bank

Lisa is an advisory council member for Open Signal.

She served as a board member for Open Signal for over 8 years and is truly passionate about nonprofit leadership and financial education.

As a banking and finance professional for over 25 years, Lisa's focus has been supporting the nonprofit community both with banking services and financial education for over 15 years. She also serves on the board of Friends of the Children - Portland and is a member of the Quest Center for Integrative Health Advisory Board.

Ron Craig Executive Director, Astoria International Film Festival

Ron is an advisory council member for Open Signal.

An expert on the history of York, who was William Clark’s slave and the only African-American member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Ron served as a consulting producer on the OPB documentary, "The Undiscovered Explorer: Imagining York." He continues to lecture about York at area universities.

A Portland native, Ron's most recent creative endeavors include developing a situation comedy and launching the Astoria Jazz Festival in 2016. 

Joaquin Lopez Arts & Culture Manager, Latino Network

Joaquin is an advisory council member for Open Signal.

An accomplished musician, Joaquin also acts as Arts & Culture Manager for Latino Network, where he designs after-school arts programs and events, including Sabor Folklorico and Festival Latino.

Joaquin holds a passion for producing cultural events that honor Latin American heritage. He has created Latinx-focused programming for many local venues, including the Portland Art Museum, PDX Latinx Pride, Filmuzik, the Hollywood Theatre and more.