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Albina Vision Trust

Honoring the neighborhood’s past by transforming what exists today into a socially and economically inclusive community of residents, businesses, artists, makers, and visitors. This vibrantly diverse community is anchored by intentionally conceived parks, plazas, combined with civic and cultural event spaces of different size and use, and is seamlessly connected to the river and its surrounding neighborhoods.

We can’t call a place home until we’ve made it our own—added our touches—made it comfortable—made it functional—put out a few plants, some art, a fish, maybe a rug. Then we stand back, arms akimbo, proud, ready to invite friends and family over. Then we call it home.

This is our home.

All of it. Portland. And the Rose Quarter falls under our home duties. We’re responsible for adding our touches to it and making it comfortable for ourselves and anyone who may join us for dinner. And as good homeowners with ninety acres of to-do-lists to tackle, we look at the Rose Quarter and ask ourselves the most difficult question—where should we start?

Intimidating isn’t big enough of a word. There’s about 150 years of history in the Rose Quarter part of town and our job is to pay respect to it by creating an inclusive, affordable, vibrant, welcoming part of our home: welcoming parks, inclusive schools, vibrant churches, affordable housing, connecting with the river and reconnecting with a part of our home that is overdue for some love and attention—jeez it’s a lot of work.

But this is our home, right?

Right, and while we’re at it, we’ll restore its identity and call it by its name—ALB!NA.

Our Vision

The Organization

The Albina Vision Trust (AVT) was created to steward the vision for the future of lower Albina and achieved non-profit status in 2017. AVT seeks innovative solutions with a focus on building partnerships. As a nonprofit organization, AVT is positioned to link private interests and public priorities with community values.

The core values guiding the vision for lower Albina are:
• Honor what was, what happened, and what could be
• Heal ourselves and our communities
• Reconnect to the river
• Build a place to live, work, and play
• Integrate arts in the process and product
• Be intentionally remarkable


Winta Yohannes

Executive Director,

Judy Hutchison

Operations Manager,

Shelly Hunter

Development Director,

Kayin Talton Davis

Communications Manager

Leadership Council

Intisar Abioto

Photographer, Dancer, Writer

Michael Burch

Community Relations & Outreach, NW Carpenters

Ron Herndon

Director, Albina Head Start

Cobi Lewis

Executive Director, Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO)

Nolan Lienhart

Principal and Director of Planning & Urban Design, ZGF

Christopher Mattaliano

Stage Director, Teacher, Arts Consultant

Chris Oxley

Senior Vice President, Portland Trail Blazers

Kay Toran

President/CEO, Volunteers of America Oregon

Bob Walsh

Chairman of Board, Walsh Construction

Board of Directors

Rukaiyah Adams


Michael Alexander


Tom Cody


Gregg Kantor


Zari Santner


Len Bergstein

Board Advisor


In the News

Bike Portland

Jan 20 Albina Vision Trust will develop housing and theater project in Lower Albina

Albina Vision Trust (AVT) has taken a major step toward the dream of restoring a historic Portland neighborhood. Calling it a “huge milestone,” the nonprofit announced today they’ve partnered with Edlen & Company to develop an affordable housing and community theater project in the Lower Albina district.

Street Roots

Jan 27 In remembering the America of yesterday, we pursue the America of tomorrow

On Jan. 20, just two weeks after a Capitol siege rooted in white supremacy, a young poet helped lead us forward

National Geographic

Mar 8 Oregon once legally banned Black people. Has the state reconciled its racist past?

Cleo Davis and Kayin Talton Davis are artists and activists who have made it their mission to preserve and celebrate African American history in Portland. Talton and Davis have a residency with the city archives to help the city think about reparations. Another project they’re involved with, the Albina Vision Trust, has plans to redevelop parts of the neighborhood that were bulldozed for development. But to truly fix the system, Davis says, the city needs to “make laws so it doesn’t happen again.”


Apr 29 National Infrastructure Program Signals Shift

AVT is looking to create a space and a place that is reflective of what we aspire to as a city and as a region in terms of equity and inclusion, but also one that builds upon the history of the Albina community. This is a community that has been devastated over the course of decades, at the expense of transportation policies and other institutional uses that have displaced hundreds of families.

Oregon Live

Apr 30 Restorative Justice or Business as Usual?

Decades of distrust, displacement, and divestment are the foundations of the relationship between Portland’s Black Community whose roots are anchored in the Northeast Neighborhood of Albina and the numerous state and city offices of Portland. Restoring faith and trust with the Black Community is paramount at this juncture of the RQ Freeway project. On the table is an $800 million dollar project that, if executed with equity at the center, has the potential to make important strides to repairing the deeply damaged relationship.


May 26 If Portland Public Schools sells headquarters, Albina Vision first in line to buy

Portland Public Schools is not planning to sell its headquarters, at least not right now. But should district leaders decide to relocate, the first bid is likely to go to Albina Vision Trust, a nonprofit focused on revitalizing a part of Portland that was once a major hub of the city’s Black community. A resolution the PPS board approved Tuesday night allows the nonprofit the first chance at buying the property, should the district sell it.

KING 5 Seattle

Aug 23 Lower Albina Highlighted as an Urban Heat Island

Cleo and Kayin Talton Davis explain, “Racist housing policies in the past combined with construction projects that demolished homes led to more pavement and fewer parks, making Lower Albina one of the places that are disproportionately warmer today.” As we build the future, environmental stewardship will continue to be key to the #AlbinaVision. Environmental justice is racial justice.

Portland Housing Bureau Website

Oct 13 AVT secures Portland Housing Bureau’s recommendation for $13.4M in funding from Metro’s Affordable Housing Bond

Together with Colas Construction , POIC + Rosemary Anderson High School, LEVER Architecture and Edlen + Co, Albina Vision Trust will be developing Albina One, a 94-unit family-focused project. As the first development project in the Albina Vision, these units are designed to counter the intentional displacement of Black people from the neighborhood due to urban renewal, freeway siting, and long-term gentrification. The mix of one, two and three-bedroom units will serve young Portlanders, notably those that work in the trades. POICS + RAHS will support residents with culturally specific education, mentoring, family outreach, employment training, and career placement services for Black and BIPOC households.

Willamette Week Give!Guide

Nov 1 Albina Vision is in the 2021 Willamette Week Give!Guide

Albina Vision is returning to Willamette Week Give!Guide again this year! Visit our campaign site to see our goals, our incentives, learn about Big Give Days and make a donation: In a nutshell, Give!Guide is Portland's easiest path to end-of-year giving. The campaign begins on November 1 and closes at midnight December 31. Give!Guide is Willamette Week’s annual effort to raise funds for — and draw attention to — the good works of local nonprofits. G!G has raised over $40 million for hundreds of local nonprofits since inception in 2004.