THE NORTH STAR TEAM
STAN AMY, TRUSTEE
Stan Amy began his career in social enterprise as a student as the founder of what is now College Housing Northwest, providing tenant controlled not-for-profit student housing to the Portland State University campus. In the mid-1970s, Stan began working at Natures Food and Tool store in Portland. He spent the next 20 years building Nature’s Fresh Northwest natural foods markets. Nature’s was an industry pioneer in empowering consumers to vote with their dollars to de-commoditize agriculture and create urban/rural partnerships for a healthy food supply and environment. In 2000 Stan and two other Portland families pooled their resources to co-found New Seasons Market an Oregon-based grocery chain that works directly with local farmers, ranchers, fishers and producers. New Seasons currently has stores in Portland and the San Francisco Bay area, and will open its first store in Seattle in 2017.
Stan is president of New Villages Group, Ltd., a small family fund that invests capital and time in mission balanced endeavors. Its focus is on the natural products industry, adaptive reuse of neighborhood retail and mixed-use real-estate, and small business finance. He has served on the boards of several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and continues to serve on the boards of New Seasons Market and Craft3, a non-profit organization that helps create economic equity and a healthy environment through mission-centric lending in rural and urban communities in the Pacific Northwest.
JIM KELLY, TRUSTEE
Jim Kelly grew up in NE Portland and was the youngest son of builder Neil Kelly. In 1977 Jim founded Rejuvenation House Parts and built it into a nationally known company before selling to Williams-Sonoma in 2012. He has lived on a ranch on the John Day River in rural Grant County since 1999, where he and his wife Sue raise grass-fed beef.
Jim has a long history of civic involvement, including the Boards of 1000 Friends of Oregon, the Portland Housing Authority, and Business for Social Responsibility. He was one of the founders of the Oregon Business Association. In 2002 Oregon Entrepreneurs Network named him the Oregon Entrepreneur of the Year.
CHRISTY EUGENIS, TRUSTEE
Christy Eugenis is the Executive Vice President of New Villages Group, Ltd. Integrating her background in fashion design and small business development, she has a knack for bringing smart operating concepts together with interior and exterior design in her real estate projects, which span the past 20 years.
A passion for restoration, development and community, Christy restored the Odd Fellow, a 20th Century Italian Renaissance-style lodge in North Portland, into The North Star Ballroom, a dynamic private and public event venue. Christy led the first restoration and re-branding of mid-century modern boutique hotels in Palm Springs. The Orbit In and The Hideaway, which opened in 2001 and 2002 respectively, have been featured in design books and travel magazines around the world.
She and her husband, Stan Amy, have collaborated on several neighborhood real estate projects. This includes the 2014 transformation of a former grocery store turned D Street Village, a mixed use community hub in southeast Portland completed.
Christy served as a Board Member of the Architecture and Design Council of the Palm Springs Art Museum from 2006 – 2011. She was also a founding board member of Palm Springs Modernism Week and served on its board from 2003 – 2012.
Caitlin Baggott Davis, Executive Director
Caitlin is a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader with eighteen years of demonstrated success in civic engagement, nonprofit management, and policy advocacy. Prior to helping launch North Star Civic Foundation, Caitlin spent two years as an independent strategy and communications consultant, focused on bringing independent analysis and outcomes-focused problem solving to intractable public-interest issues – from assessing the economic impacts of the Columbia River Crossing project to investigating changes in campaign contributions in Oregon legislative races. Her clients included 1000 Friends of Oregon, Portland Parks and Recreation, David Douglas School District, Family Forward Oregon, The Flawless Foundation, small businesses and political campaigns.
In 2002 Caitlin helped launch Oregon’s youth civic engagement organization, the Bus Project, where she served as executive director from 2011-2013. While at the Bus Project, Caitlin founded and led the organization’s nationally recognized leadership program, PolitiCorps, which has engaged more than 200 aspiring young leaders in public service. The program’s graduates have gone on to lead local and national civic organizations, and to hold staff roles in The White House, US Congressional offices, Oregon’s Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, legislative offices, and multiple City of Portland, Multnomah County and Metro offices. After years of managing youth-focused voter registration drives, Caitlin led the Bus Project team that developed a framework for passing a series of Oregon bills that would make voter registration in Oregon nearly universal – the crown jewel of which passed in March 2015 under the leadership of Gov. Kate Brown.
While at the Bus Project, Caitlin served on the founding boards of The Mother PAC, a mother-led political group focused on supporting candidates who will be champions for women’s economic security, and Oregon Voice, a non-profit creating infrastructure for progressive civic organizations around the state.
MARINA KAMINSKY, research and special projects coordinator
Marina Kaminsky was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She graduated from Reed College in 2014 with a B.A. in economics and a thesis titled 'Conditional Cash Transfers and Education Outcomes for the Poor: An Analysis of Bono 10 Mil in Honduras.' Prior to joining North Star, she worked as a legal assistant at a single-attorney immigration law practice and held internships at Innovations for Poverty Action in Peru, where she supported research on the impact of a supply chain reform to the local public health system, and at the Center for Global Development in Washington DC, where she aided the migration analysis team.