Albina Vision Trust
Winta Yohannes is the executive director of the Albina Vision Trust, a nonprofit organization stewarding the thoughtful reinvention and transformation of the 94-acre historic lower Albina neighborhood. Responsible for overseeing all facets of the organization, Ms. Yohannes drives the mission, fundraising, operations and strategy with the board of directors. During her tenure, AVT has grown its real estate and development capacity with its first project breaking ground in 2023 and the right of first refusal secured on a key 10-acre site. AVT has earned recognition for its leadership in counteracting anti-Black racism in the urban form, including awards for design excellence in its groundbreaking masterplan. Previously, Ms. Yohannes was a senior policy advisor at Portland City Hall. In this role, she supported the development of Portland’s first immigrant legal defense program and co-established the Social Equity Program in the Cannabis Licensing Office to support entrepreneurs of color. Ms. Yohannes holds a BA from Reed College and was named one of Portland Business Journal’s Class of 2021 Forty Under 40.