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.

Joni Hartmann, Board Member

A demonstrated leader, manager and partnership builder, Joni is committed to working collaboratively to build equitable, sustainable communities where all people have the opportunity to meet their basic needs and thrive. Joni has 20 years of experience in real estate lending and extensive knowledge of affordable housing finance. Joni is currently the executive director for Housing Development Center.

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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