Staff

JennyJenny Glass, Executive Director                 jenny@rosewoodinitiative.org 

Jenny is the founding Executive Director of The Rosewood Initiative. She connected with the public safety organizing efforts that were happening in 2010 through her AmeriCorps Community Organizing Position. A fresh graduate from Portland State University’s Community Development program, this was the perfect opportunity for her to put theory into practice and do on the ground organizing work. She used concerns around public safety to rally the community and get to the root causes of these symptoms. Through grit and determination, Jenny has helped grow this effort into a small but mighty community organization. She has served as Executive Director since November, 2011.

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Germaine Flentroy, Director of Community Safety germaine@rosewoodinitiative.org

Germaine came to the Rosewood Community Center looking to find a place where he could be part of the solution and help others in the community. As a concerned community member, entrepreneur, and small business owner, Germaine saw Rosewood Community Center as a positive place to create change in the neighborhood. Germaine got to work immediately engaging the community, and started a men’s group that is held every other Monday night at the Rosewood Community Center. Germaine’s extraordinary work ethic and ability to connect with the community are incredibly valuable to the work being done at Rosewood. Germaine is now the Director of our Community Safety program and has been instrumental in multiple community projects.

IMG_7075Marissa Clarke-Ritter, Program Support Specialist           marissa@rosewoodinitiative.org

Marissa joined Rosewood full time this summer as the Program Support Specialist. She heard about Rosewood in a Community Development class at Portland State University. She plans to continue her education by pursuing a certificate in the School of Gender, Race, and Nations. At Rosewood she practices implementing social justice practices into the work she does supporting the staff and community. It’s a very exciting time at Rosewood and she is honored to be a part of it.

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Michael Grizzard, IT System Specialist                                         mike@rosewoodinitiative.org

My name is Michael Grizzard, but most folks call me “Grizz”. I’m the IT System Specialist. I have a AA degree in Computer Science, and recently retired from Intel after 21 years working with the Portland Technology Development group. After retirement I wanted to “reinvent” myself and find something I could do that would give back to the community. After meeting Jenny and the Rosewood Staff and seeing the work they were doing. I knew that by helping them I would be helping the community.

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Tom Martin, Rosewood Bikes Program Director                                              tom@rosewoodbikes.org

Tom is the program Director of Rosewood Bikes. He started volunteering at the community bike shop in early 2016. By June it turned into part time work, training volunteers and interns the art of bike mechanics, customer service, and essential job skills. Tom is a recent graduate of the Community Development program at Portland State University. In a previous life he lived the bike industry dream of low pay, travel to factory towns across the world and free bike parts. The intersection of low cost bike access, healthy transportation outcomes, and social enterprise inform a daily practice. Each day he comes to Rosewood, he falls in love with the neighborhood a little bit more. Tom fixes bikes for therapy. He likes cats too.

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Kem A. Marks, J.D.  Transportation Specialist                                         kem@rosewoodinitiative.org

I am originally from Indiana, born and raised, but escaped when no one was looking.   I have a BS in History/Political Science, and a law degree from Willamette Univ. Social justice for all people is extremely important to me.  Empathy and treating all people with dignity are very intrinsic to who I am.  I love college football, am a recovering Notre Dame fan, and love the Ducks!

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Kristen Ross,  Volunteer Coordinator                                       kristen@rosewoodinitiative.org
I am a native Kansan, but I always wanted to live in an area that valued open mindedness and acceptance. After getting my Sociology and Community Development degrees, I’m excited to gain community engagement and organizing experience. I feel honored to advocate for Rosewood and contribute to the empowerment of community members. Finding solutions at the local level keeps me hopeful for the future during these times. My boyfriend and I have been enjoying the cityscape of Portland and the beautiful scenery here and in other parts of Oregon since arriving this past August.

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