Kevin brings multiple years of experience in economic and community development in Beaverton, in addition to time in Asheville, North Carolina envisioning the future of a downtown city block and regional neighborhoods.
Kevin's background makes him the right addition on Beaverton City Council as it leads conversations regarding economic recovery, downtown design, transportation improvements, and racial equity.
Kevin lives with his wife, Roopa, in the Vose neighborhood. They like to ride their bikes together and watch movies.
Kevin won the 2020 Oregon Main Street Manager of the Year award for his leadership of downtown districts across Oregon in pandemic response.
Downtown Beaverton has won nine statewide awards since 2018, with five of those being a direct result of Kevin's leadership.
Kevin has served in a variety of roles that have prepared him to lead as a City Council member. These include:
Kevin is the Board Secretary of WakeUp Beaverton!, the nonprofit that is pushing for the conceptual development of a multicultural center in downtown.
The City of Beaverton has had a multicultural center as a goal since 2011, but has not made it a priority. Beaverton needs diverse cultural spaces and businesses, and Kevin will make it one of his highest priorities.
Kevin has served on Beaverton Planning Commission while the City has worked to update our housing code as part of the Housing Options Project. He has consistently pushed for flexible housing codes so that more people can afford housing in Beaverton.
Kevin's experience reviewing and approving housing developments on Planning Commission will benefit City Council.
The 1st Street Dining Commons and outdoor seating areas are direct results of conversations Kevin facilitated with downtown organizations around the state. As a result, Beaverton was able to respond quickly so that businesses had the flexibility they needed in order to survive.
Kevin will push for 1st Street to become more like a permanent public park, full of trees, play equipment, seating, and calm.
Over the past several years, Kevin has directly supported downtown businesses, many of which are owned by immigrants and people who have language or technological barriers to accessing support.
Kevin will bring this perspective and passion for local businesses to City Council so that our economic development approaches can be truly inclusive and equitable.
Historic preservation is one of the most valuable strategies for affordable commercial and residential redevelopment.
As part of the Beaverton Downtown Association, Kevin and the team brought in $200,000 for historic preservation of the Nak Won building, resulting in the retention of several long-standing diverse businesses.
Public art is a critical element of creating a community that benefits our mental health. Kevin and the BDA brought multiple murals into downtown in addition to several temporary chalk art activities.
On City Council, Kevin will support more funding for public art and will prioritize bringing events like La Strada dei Pastelli to Beaverton.
As the executive director of the Beaverton Downtown Association, Kevin has planned and helped lead several events in downtown Beaverton. This includes BOOverton, the Wine Walk, the Beer Walk, ribbon cuttings, and more.
As a City Councilmember, Kevin will support inclusive events that pull people together and support local businesses as we emerge from the depths of the pandemic.
When Kevin began at the BDA in August 2018, there were just six board members. Since then, Kevin has laid the foundation and grown the BDA from a team of just six people to over 45 volunteers and a budget almost twice the size as it was in 2018.
Kevin has also been on several boards and commissions, including Planning Commission, Central Beaverton NAC, and WakeUp Beaverton! Each of these has prepared him to lead on City Council.