Economic Prosperity Director - East Portland
Vincent “Walle” Brown recently completed the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program at PSU. Originally from Georgia, Walle arrived in Portland to study at PSU via a journey which started in the American South, jumped to Southeast Asia, and back to the south before moving north westward to Oregon.
Throughout his travels and history of professional experiences, he has gained a profound appreciation for equity and accessibility in all functions of programming – particularly finance, politics, and economics. He believes that it is our collective responsibility to seek and provide opportunities that help stabilize and build resilient communities.
From flows of capital to flows of water and power throughout communities, Walle feels we are compelled to act as responsible and active stewards of our communities. It is a moral and existential imperative to design for accessibility and demand justice.
Walle is African American and comes from a family of academic high achievement and stunted professional growth due to race-based discrimination. Walle intends to break this chain by becoming a leader of public institutions, either through elections or merit. Learning before leading, he intends to gather knowledge before power so that once he is in the driver’s seat, he will be able to responsibly set course for a more sustainable, equitable, and accessible future.
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