Swathi Sivasubramanian

Swathi joined the Portland Empowered team in 2023, and is primarily supporting Portland Empowered’s strategic visioning and planning process. Based out of the Catherine Cutler Institute at USM, Swathi manages and supports a range of initiatives, all working to create consistent and accessible pathways for young people to meaningfully participate in local and state-level decision […]

Sarai Manyiel

Sarai Manyiel, M.S. Ed. has been with Portland Empowered since April 2023. She is a former teacher and will forever be an educator at heart. She is passionate about community advocacy, education, and collective wellness. She loves working with youth, parents, and young emerging leaders at PE. 

Victoria Pelletier

Tori Pelletier looks forward to working with PE parents and families on program development and equitable community facilitation. Her passion is working to advance racial equity in the school system and community. Outside of the workplace, Tori enjoys reading, boxing and enjoying Portland’s local food scene. 

Lis Redwood

Lis has been advocating for minority communities for as long as she can remember. Being born in Jamaica and growing up in America is significant to her work. She looks forward to working with youth and supporting them to use their expertise and power to shape a path for equity.

Nsiona Nguizani

Nsiona Nguizani, former Parent Lead Organizer for Portland Empowered

Spoken Languages: English, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Lingala, Kikongo Portland Empowered is the needed bridge between parents and school system to ensure better communication between parties and the success of children in school. The school system in the U.S. is such that parents must be involved in the education of their children by constantly monitoring things […]

Lisa Whited

Lisa Whited, Parent Lead Organizer for Portland Empowered

Lisa values being part of an inclusive community and believes that school teachers and administrators connecting with immigrant families and students is a key component of a welcoming and vibrant community. Having attended Portland schools herself, Lisa has had two children graduate the Portland school system, and has one other child currently attending Portland High […]

Lucia Rico

Lucia Rico, Parent Lead Organizer for Portland Empowered

Spoken Languages: Spanish, English Having experienced challenges as a student herself, Lucia believes in the mission of PEPs and its efforts to help other families and students find the supports they need in order to achieve their full potential. She advocates for building communities of acceptance where all can succeed. Lucia is devoted to working […]

Nolasque Isirabahenda

Nolasque Isirabahenda, Parent Lead Organizer for Portland Empowered

Spoken Languages: French, English, Kirundi/Kinyarwanda Nolasque believes that Portland Empowered uses an essential approach for connecting schools and communities, face to face interaction, with an innovative tool for engagement- shared space café. This approach allows for positive discussions amongst different partners in education about how to improve the education system and increase chances for success […]

Jolie Iraoya

Jolie Iraoya, Parent Lead Organizer for Portland Empowered

Jolie is a mother of four boys. They all attend school in Portland, including two in high school, one in middle school and one in elementary school. Jolie migrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Nigeria before coming to the U.S. She speaks four languages and is currently learning American Sign Language (ASL) so […]