Date: Thursday, Sept. 19

Time: 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Room: Galleria I

Tracks: Affordable Rental Housing, Equity and Racial Justice


  • Travis Phillips, Director of Community Development & Housing


  • Carrie L. Baxandall, COBID Program Manager, State of Oregon
  • Nate McCoy, Executive Director, National Association Minority Contractors Oregon
  • Afton Walsh, Community Outreach Director, Walsh Construction
  • Dulce Weston, Project Engineer, Diversity Outreach Coordinator, Bremik Construction


Oregon’s hot economy and expanded funding for affordable housing will likely continue to create new opportunities and challenges for housing development teams working to meet goals for participation by contractors certified by Oregon’s Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID), formerly MWESB. Public partners managing new housing resources are evaluating goals to increase utilization of COBID certified firms. Identifying barriers and opportunities for the affordable housing industry to not just meet–but exceed–participation goals and determining how developers can work more closely with government agencies and the construction industry to expand employment and wealth creation in communities of color, with businesses owned by women and service disabled veterans, and emerging small business throughout Oregon.