Gretchen Kafoury Award

As a fearless activist as well as an elected official who always stood up for what is right, Gretchen Kafoury had a profound and lasting impact on our state and its people. This award will honor an individual, organization or endeavor that had a significant impact in the past year on affordable housing, community development and/or social justice in Oregon.

Carole Innes, Pendleton City Councilor

Carole Innes is a Pendleton city councilperson, holds director and president positions with local foundations that assist with homelessness and housing, and is active in multiple other local and statewide fair housing advocacy arenas. She has assisted the elderly to remain in housing when facing abuse, homeless individuals with advocacy, application and reasonable accommodation assistance, and is part of her community’s housing and homeless services planning process. She has been actively increasing low-income and middle housing options and public land availability for people who are without housing as well as being a volunteer serving meals to the homeless. Carole is fierce when it comes to advocacy, creating policy, and doing what she believes to be right.