caitlin burke - community economic development manager
An immigrant to the United States, Caitlin Burke attended Portland State University where she sought out job opportunities in non-profits and local government that focused on the systemic causes of poverty. In her final year, she was awarded a grant to complete her thesis work with the Western Regional Advocacy Project. Her work during university earned her several awards, including the top undergraduate in the 2008 class. After graduation, Caitlin was selected to join New Leadership Oregon, travelled overseas, worked in local political offices and participated in AmeriCorps VISTA. After working at Hacienda for just over four years, she took on the role as manager of Micro Mercantes. She is excited to lead the effort to expand and improve the food business incubator. Caitlin speaks conversational Spanish and (decreasingly so) French and was appointed by the Board of County Commissioners as a voting member of the Food Service Advisory Committee.
jamie melton - marketing coordinator
Originally from Bend, Oregon, Jamie came to Hacienda in 2012 to streamline communications and marketing efforts for Micro Mercantes and the Portland Mercado. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Anthropology and spent time abroad in South America traveling, working on her Spanish and working for an International Coffee Company in Colombia. She now enjoys freelancing for start-ups and creatively working with the community to promote social, environmental and economic equality.
In her time away from work, she enjoys the outdoors, gardening, volunteering, trying new foods, and travel.
manuel marin-foucher - portland mercado manager
Manuel joined Hacienda in 2014 to spearhead the opening of the Portland Mercado. Originally from Cozumel, Mexico, he went to school in Mexico City and Chicago and finished two Bachelor's degrees in marketing and business administration.
His professional experience includes a background in finance, marketing, hospitality and retail industries. He joins the CED team having managed restaurants and hospitality projects in Mexico that still operate successfully today. Before Hacienda he was working as a regional marketing manager for Fairlife, one of Coca Cola's newest health and wellness companies. He is happy working for an organization with a strong sense of community wellness, consciousness and sustainability.
In his free time he enjoys cooking, spending time with his family and imagining creative and new ventures.
HANNAH EDLEFSEN- FIRST STEP COORDINATOR (Micro Mercantes)
(971) 373-8514 email@example.com
Hannah moved from Massachusetts to Oregon in 2004, earning a BA in Communication at Southern Oregon University. Hannah later completed a rigorous Licensed Massage Therapy program and has worked as an LMT both within other organizations as well as building her own small business. Recently, Hannah worked in Guatemala developing a grassroots school startup in a small community, further refining coaching skills related to business management, community development and health. She is well versed in the challenges of creating and sustaining a business without access to proper support. She is currently pursuing advanced education in Speech Language Pathology and is passionate about development and empowerment of individuals and micro communities through sustainable business models.
In her spare time Hannah enjoys drumming, biking/backpacking and is always up for a new adventure with friends and family!
Jose Hernandez-Janitorial/handyman (mercado)
john eads- micro enterprise developer (micro Mercantes)
John started working for Hacienda at the Portland Mercado in October 2015. He and his family have lived in the Lents neighborhood for 8 years and they have enjoyed the addition of the Mercado to Foster. He has owned 3 food carts during his time in Portland and has seen the industry change and grow over the years. He comes to the Mercado at a critical time of growth for many of the businesses. He will primarily be working one-on-one with the businesses in the Mercado and he will be offering business classes and advise to those businesses that use the Micro Mercantes Kitchen.
In the little free time that he has, he enjoys playing with his 2 kids and mushroom hunting on Mt. Hood. He requests that you stop picking all the good mushrooms while he is stuck at the office.
gigi Olguin- micro Enterprise Developer (micro mercantes)
Gimena also known as Gigi joined the Hacienda team as the Micro Mercantes Training Coordinator in August 2015- as a recent graduate from Warner Pacific College where she was awarded a four year full-ride scholarship. During college Gigi worked as an intern for Multnomah County, Chief Operating Officer. She holds a bachelor degree in Social Entrepreneurship, brining many skills to our incubator including a passion for immigrant rights, small business development, Latino culture, all with an emphasis on the importance of family. Growing up in the small fishing village of Zihuatanejo, Gro. Mexico and moving to Tualatin, OR, she helped her parents formalize their gardening business, inspiring her to pursue a career in social entrepreneurship. She is a great fit for the Microenterprise Developer role because she believes deeply in our vision and will carry out our mission to create a community of successful businesses and innovative entrepreneurs. On her free time she enjoys walking her dog, salsa dancing and black and white film photography.