Board of Directors
Evolve’s Board of Directors are committed to integrity, hard work, transparency, collaboration and equity in our communities.
Brian Carleton, Board Chair
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Carolina Abdalah, Board Secretary
Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Carolina is Evolve’s Board Secretary. She came to the USA in 2002 and as she was looking for an apartment, was offered a job as a Site Manager in a non profit apartment complex in NE Portland. She later become a Regional Portfolio Manager and is currently working at Home Forward as the Director of Integrated Facilities Services and Safety.
In her free time she enjoys dancing salsa, vegetable gardening and exercising. She loves working with Evolve because there is a shared commitment to community betterment through low-income housing and reminding new generations of their rich heritage.
Ramon Ramirez, Board Member
Ramon Ramirez is the President of PCUN-Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United), Oregon’s farmworkers union and largest Latino organization in the state. Originally from Los Angeles, Ramon has made Oregon his home for the past 40 years dedicating his life work to immigrant rights and social justice. In his spare time he enjoys making flower arrangements, cooking and time with family. He loves new challenges and looks forward to working for Evolve to make it a successful organization.
Maria Elena Guerra (Meg), Board Member
Meg is known as the Executive Director of Evolve’s sister organization FHDC (Farmworker Housing Development Corporation). Originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, Meg brings more than 15 years of experience in housing and asset management with various organizations in Oregon including Reach CDC, Hacienda CDC and FHDC. In 2009 Meg was awarded Star Player of the year by the Oregon Opportunity Network. She is excited to deepen her work in housing and complimentary services by aligning the work of FHDC with her participation on Evolve’s Board of Directors.
Aaron Matusick, Board Member
An attorney specializing in business law, property management and real estate law, Aaron has focused his practice on landlord-tenant law in the past couple of years and has gained considerable courtroom experience fighting for owners of real property and property management companies. In addition to landlord-tenant matters, Aaron has decades of experience representing buyers, sellers and developers of real property.
Outside of the office Aaron is an outdoor enthusiast and spends his time surfing, practicing yoga, biking and skiing. As a way of giving back to the community, Aaron also spends time as a volunteer mediator and sits on the boards of a couple local non-profit organizations.
Tony Daguanno, Board Member
Tony is a real estate professional originally from Easton, Massachusetts. His interest in affordable housing deepened when he and his wife became residents of a tax credit property upon moving to Portland. His start in the field was in property management, and has since worked for Homestead Captial, The National Equity Fund and is currently an Acquisition Associate at the Richmond Group. His free time is consumed by long distance running and marathon training. He looks forward to Evolve’s continued growth into a powerful player in the community.
Zach Howell, Board Member
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