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Home Forward is led by a CEO, who oversees all of its programs and its 300+ employees. The CEO implements board-approved policies and programs, and directly supervises three officers and two department heads. 

Ivory Mathews
Kitty Miller
Ian Davie
Kandy Sage
Christina Dirks
Policy and Planning
Kellie Shaw
Ivory Mathews
Executive Director

Ivory N. Mathews has dedicated more than 20 years of her professional career to the work of providing equitable housing solutions and supportive services to families. As Executive Director of the largest provider of affordable housing in Oregon, she oversees an annual budget of $198M, serving 15,000 households; a team of 300 plus employees; a housing portfolio of more than 6,300 apartments; 

and the administration of a variety of rent assistance programs, including 8,900 Housing Choice Vouchers, a short-term rent assistance program that consolidates funding from several different sources and provides assistance through 19 social service partners; and partnerships with more than 100 community organizations.

Under Mathews’ leadership, Home Forward continues fostering cooperation and partnerships among a collection of external constituencies and stakeholders, including federal, state, and local government officials; private and non-profit agencies; jurisdictional partners; housing clientele; and the community as a whole. She also continues the implementation of Home Forward’s vision, mission, strategies, policies, and operational objectives, towards its evolution to a diverse, anti-racist, equitable, and inclusive organization. In addition, she continues to lead the work of attracting, developing, managing, and retaining an effective, diverse workforce.

Prior to joining Home Forward, Mathews was the Chief Executive Officer for Columbia Housing and Cayce Housing in South Carolina. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Legislative Network Advisory Committee for the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and is on the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) board.

Mathews holds a master’s degree in Counseling & Psychology from Troy University, a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Newberry College, and several nationally recognized certifications in the affordable housing arena. She is a Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Initiative Fellow and has recently been named Top 20 Dynamic CEOs for 2021 by The CEO Publication. Mathews was also named as one of the 50 Most Influential in the Midlands by Columbia Business Monthly in 2020 and 2021.

She is happily married for 20 years to Donnie Mathews; they are the proud parents of two children, Mahogany, 17 and Dalton, 12.

Kitty Miller Deputy Executive Director, Administration

Kitty Miller | Deputy Director, Administration

Kitty Miller, LCSW, joined Home Forward in 2010 as the Organizational Development Manager. She quickly advanced to Director of Community Services, where she fortified the department’s infrastructure and deepened strategic community partnerships. 

Under her leadership, Home Forward built stronger connections to the health, workforce, domestic violence, and education systems in the county. 

As Deputy Executive Director, Kitty expands her strengths and experience in organizational development, service delivery, and systems alignment, as Home Forward prioritizes inter-jurisdictional collaborations. Furthermore, Kitty will guide Home Forward’s commitment to expand supportive housing in the community over the next 10 years, while she oversees the business lines of Community Services, Human Resources, Contracts and Procurement, and key policy staff.

Ian Davie Deputy Executive Director, Operations

Ian Davie
Deputy Director, Operations

Ian Davie began at Home Forward in September, 2016. After a rural Oregon upbringing and some college years in Los Angeles, Ian spent nearly twelve years in New York City. 

Among other things, he biked through as many neighborhoods as possible, figured out where to get a good late-night slice, and tried his best to remain productive while commuting two hours a day on the subway. A lawyer by training, Ian became Deputy Director of Housing at the Bronx office of Legal Services NYC, where he focused on eviction prevention, legal services, civil rights litigation, fair housing advocacy, and anti-poverty policy. At Home Forward, Ian oversees various departments including Rent Assistance, Homelessness Initiatives, Facilities and Safety, and Property Management.

Kandy Sage Deputy Director, Finance at Home Forward

Kandy Sage
Deputy Director, Finance

Kandy Sage joined Home Forward in 2008 as the Senior Development and Construction Accountant, bringing with her a deep knowledge of real estate development and finance.

Through her previous professional experience in this area of the accounting filed, she was charged with the creation and implementation of this new accounting role and was responsible for oversight of accounting and analysis for over $100M of development projects. Additionally, she streamlined financial reporting for development projects, administered and provided compliance oversight for the HUD Capital Fund Program and Replacement Housing Factor grants, and implemented improvements to the agency’s fixed asset tracking process. In 2015, she advanced to Controller, where she managed the ongoing operations of agency’s finance and accounting department, oversaw monthly internal and external financial reporting, and managed the independent annual audit of Home Forward’s financials and compliance, which contributed to six consecutive years of clean financial audits. In August, 2021, Kandy was promoted to Deputy Executive Director of Finance and now oversees various departments including Development & Community Revitalization, Asset Management, Accounting & Finance, Reporting & Analytics, Risk and Treasury. 

Monica Foucher Public Relations Associate Director
Monica Foucher
Public Relations
Associate Director

Monica Foucher is the Associate Director of Public Relations for Home Forward, where she manages the agency’s image, through community relationship repair initiatives focused on racial justice and reparations, media relations, ethical and responsible use of image and story, updated branding, and more.

She came to Home Forward in 2013 as an Assistant Property Manager and went on to hold several positions across the agency. She leads the music program at Camp Rosenbaum, a summer camp sponsored in part by Home Forward, attended by children who live in Home Forward and other affordable housing in Oregon and SW Washington. In the years before Home Forward, Monica spent time as a writer, editor, film maker, artist manager, publicist, and media analyst, among a variety of other occupations in culture, entertainment, and art spaces. She is passionate about history and Black liberation and serves on the boards of Social Justice Fund NW and The Decarceration Collective. She completed the film program at Columbia College in Chicago and graduated from Portland State University. She plays banjo, piano, and ukulele decently enough, and is amazing at karaoke. Her main objective in life is to pet all of the dogs.

Taylor Smiley Wolfe Director of Policy and Planning
Taylor Smiley Wolfe
Director of Policy
and Planning

Taylor Smiley Wolfe is the Director of Policy and Planning for Home Forward where she leads internal policy change and long-term planning work with a focus on reducing barriers to accessing Home Forward programs, promoting housing stability, and advancing racial equity.

Prior to joining Home Forward, Taylor was the Policy Director for Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek and she played a major role in the passage of the first statewide anti-rent gouging and tenant protections legislation, Senate Bill 608 (2019) and the first statewide legalization of middle housing, House Bill 2001 (2019). Taylor has also served as a policy analyst and researcher for PolicyLink, Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, and the Dellums Institute for Social Justice. Taylor has a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P) from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

Christina Dirks

Christina Dirks (she/her) joined Home Forward in 2022 and is the Director of Policy and Planning for Home Forward. In that role, she leads policy change and long-term planning work at Home Forward with a focus on reducing barriers to accessing Home Forward programs, promoting housing stability, and advancing racial equity.

Christina has spent her professional career advocating for vulnerable renters and marginalized communities. After graduating law school, Christina began working at Oregon Law Center and then Legal Aid Services of Oregon as a Staff Attorney and then a Supervising Attorney. Through her practice, Christina represented low-income tenants, including hundreds of Home Forward residents and Housing Choice Voucher holders, in all types of housing related legal matters for 18 years. In addition to direct client representation, Christina coordinated the office’s housing justice legal work and served in various policy forums. After stepping away from the practice of law, Christina joined the Rental Services Office of the Portland Housing Bureau. While with the Portland Housing Bureau, Christina developed, implemented, and oversaw various programs that advancing housing stability for low-income renters.

Kellie Shaw Director of Equity
Kellie Shaw | Director of Equity

Kellie is a Black woman born and raised in NE Portland who understands firsthand, the challenges of staying housed in this city, as well as the history of policy and development practices that have consistently and disproportionately displaced and created barriers to staying adequately housed for Black, Indigenous and other communities of color.

In her lengthy career as a consultant, she has been able to shift and guide systems of practice within many organizations and she is excited to help Home Forward in its endeavors to transform its culture toward being an anti-racist, social justice agency. Kellie has over 15 years of professional social justice expertise, advocating for historically marginalized communities, with the ability to recognize and address underlying injustice. She was the previous Board Chair at Trillium Charter School and is a skilled facilitator who has created and delivered workshops and trainings on social and racial justice for over a decade.

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