Mark (Mocean) Michaelson Lakeman, Creative Director & Board Director
Mark is a national leader in the development of sustainable public places. In the last decade he has directed, facilitated, or inspired designs for more than three hundred new community-generated public places in Portland, Oregon alone.
Through his leadership in Communitecture, Inc., and it’s various affiliates such as the The City Repair Project (501(c)3), The Village Building Convergence, and the Planet Repair Institute, he has also been instrumental in the development of dozens of participatory organizations and urban permaculture design projects across the United States and Canada. Mark works with governmental leaders, community organizations, and educational institutions in many diverse communities.
Ted Swagerty, Board President
Ted is City Repair’s Board President! Born and raised in Roseburg, Oregon, he feels blessed to be exposed to abundant natural beauty and the community challenges of dependence on one dominant industry. After graduating University of Oregon with a degree in History and Political Science, Ted worked part time for Umpqua Watersheds, a wilderness conservation group in Roseburg, made lifelong friendships and learned about permaculture. Later that year, he began teaching English in Taiwan to be exposed to eastern cultures. He lived in Taiwan for three years, where he read about City Repair for the first time in Bill McKibben’s book Deep Economy. In January 2013, Ted and his best friend, Sasha, began a life-changing 13 month journey reporting on permaculture and sustainability efforts in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. To his surprise, he found that Portland is a world leader in localization, urban agriculture, renewable energy and community development. He was inspired to move back to Portland to continue to build on to this city’s sustainable culture.
Kirk "Greener" Rea, Board Vice President
Kirk has been an environmental and social justice activist since childhood, learning to pick up litter and to compost from his mom and to hold picket lines with his dad's union. As a Queer Person of Color, Kirk works in allyship with other marginalized peoples using his visual art, community building, and permacuture background to engage in activism and advocacy. Volunteering with City Repair since 2011, Kirk also works as a affordable housing advocate and garden educator with the Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI). He co-coordinates a Queer and Trans art and music festival called Not Enough! and is a member of a Latino art collective called Latino Art Now!
Priti Shah, Board Treasurer
Priti Shah got on board as Treasurer. With a diverse background in permaculture, youth farm-based education and reclaiming traditional place-based livelihoods, Priti has worked in Hawai'i, India, and the Pacific Northwest. While serving City Repair, Priti is finishing up a Masters Degree in Natural Resource Management through Oregon State University and teaching garden education at a shelter for families overcoming domestic abuse. Priti is excited to help manage and build capacity within City Repair and aid the vision of peaceful, progressive urban development.
Brent Bellamy, Board Secretary
Brent Bellamy is an Oregon native. He facilitates a communal living space in NE Portland with his wife and has been involved in numerous community-building projects both in Oregon and abroad. Brent feels strongly about utilizing his passions and interests to promote social equity and global awareness.
Eddie Hooker, Board Director
Highly skilled in the transformation and beautification in all types of buildings, while being a jack of all trades and a master at a few, Eddie brings a resilient tool belt to the board's table.
A long time City Repairian, Eddie is both a Natural Builder and conventional builder, which creates bridges to many different possibilities. In his livelihood, Eddie is a certified sustainable building advisor, permaculture designer, and lead paint renovator.