Who We Are

The Housing Land Advocates was formed in 2004 as the Oregon Alliance for Land Use and Affordable Housing.  We are a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, and pursue our work as an entirely volunteer-run and -operated organization.

Our board of directors is comprised of land use planners, attorneys, lenders, researchers, students, and housing advocates and practitioners with a demonstrated commitment to affordable housing.


Jennifer Bragar, President
Attorney, Tomasi Salyer Martin
Jennifer has been a long time advocate for affordable housing and uses her past experience as a grassroots campaign manager and land use consultant to help make Housing Land Advocates as effective as possible

Danell Norby, Secretary
Community Development Coordinator, City of Vancouver, Washington
Danell is a community development planner whose dedication to affordable housing began with her work as a foreclosure counselor during the mortgage crisis. Since then, she has been involved in a variety of local and state housing initiatives, with a particular focus on preventing gentrification-related displacement in the Portland metro area through housing stabilization efforts.

Anna Wendt, Treasurer
Community Development Analyst, Washington County, Office of Community Development
Anna received her Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University in June of 2014. She became interested in affordable housing development after working in New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina. Since then, she has worked with Habitat for Humanity and is currently with the Washington County Office of Community Development. She enjoys cooking, hiking around the Northwest, and traveling with her husband.

Rebekah Dohrman
Attorney, Dohrman Land Law, LLC
Rebekah is a land use lawyer and planner. She attributes her initial interest in community development and housing to her experience as an AmeriCorps volunteer. In that capacity, Rebekah worked with migrant farmworkers on housing and employment matters.

Ed Sullivan
Attorney, Garvey Schubert Barer
Ed is an owner in the Portland office of Garvey, Schubert Barer and has practiced municipal, administrative, and planning law for over 42 years. Ed is a co-founder of Housing Land Advocates.

Ellen Johnson
Oregon Law Center
Ms. Johnson is an attorney at the Oregon law Center, where she specializes in housing law. She has been a board member of Housing Land Advocates since 2004.

Ben Schonberger
Planner, Winterbrook Planning
Ben is a professional land use planner with expertise in zoning, advocacy, and site development and design. Over the last decade, he has worked as a planning consultant with a wide variety of public, private, and non-profit organizations.

Rebecca Kennedy
Economic Planner, City of Vancouver, Washington
Rebecca is a land use planner with expertise in economic development, housing policy and community outreach, and has worked on community development initiatives internationally and in Oregon. She volunteers her free time on behalf of housing affordability and community justice issues in the Metro region.

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Policy Director and Staff Attorney, 1000 Friends of Oregon
Mary Kyle graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology and received her law degree from the University of California at Davis.  She was a law clerk to Judge Edward Leavy of the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland, before practicing with a private law firm in Portland.  She has been with 1000 Friends of Oregon since 1990, where she focuses on urban issues, including transportation and housing.

Al Johnson
Al Johnson is a retired Oregon land use attorney with a long-standing interest in affordable housing in general and meaningful implementation of Oregon’s statewide housing goal in particular.


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