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Board of Directors

At RAPID we are passionate about creating spaces and assuring that the spaces we are in are inclusive to all communities. We value the perspectives and lived experiences of minority communities that are often left out of the most important conversations. 

RAPID has made it a priority to ensure that at least 75% of our Board is made up of minority communities, including people of color, people with disabilities, Veterans, women and the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Join The Board

We are seeking people who will represent the community we serve because this will be the foundation in which RAPID will thrive. When we leverage, lift up and value the voices of those most impacted, we, as an organization, will be unstoppable in helping people to accept, embrace and thrive in their lives. 

Often you may not know if a particular position is a good fit for you (or the Board) prior to sitting on the Board for a period of time. RAPID will ensure that all parties are happy with the choice to join the team by asking that all potential Board members attend one meeting and at this meeting, choose a committee to join until the next quarterly meeting. This will give both the individual and the committee the opportunity to get to know each other and decide if the relationship is beneficial for all.

Currently, RAPID is recruiting people interested in serving on committees for Facility Planning, Programming, Events and Fundraising. If you are interested in joining our organization, please fill out the Board of Directors Interest Application form.

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Emily Purry


Emily Purry is a public speaker, trainer, keynote, disability rights advocate and coach in Portland, Oregon. She has experience working in both the government and non-profit sectors, and serves on both the Multnomah County Community Involvement Committee and the State of Oregon Rehabilitation Council. Legally blind herself, and the parent of a child with autism, she brings her personal and professional experiences to help move companies forward. Read More

Emily has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in business management and is a certified drug and alcohol counselor. She delivers presentations and trainings on disability topics relevant to today’s business environment. The purpose of each presentation is to educate companies and organizations about disability in a positive and productive way. With a population of more than 450,000 working Oregonians reporting a disability, it is very likely that your business has employees or clients experiencing visible or non-visible disabilities impacting their daily lives. Topics that Emily specializes in include accessibility, technology and the world of ADA.

Marni Davis


Marni Davis graduated from law school in 2004 and worked in private practice for approximately six years. She has also worked for the State of Oregon, serving the public, since 2010. Marni brings her lived experience as a family member of people with disabilities, and she is passionate about advocating for the health and well-being of our society’s most in vulnerable communities. Read More

In her down time, she enjoys traveling around the globe. Some of her favorite adventures have taken her to Guatemala, Thailand, Romania and Singapore. Additionally, she loves to read, workout, watch hours of TV, and, most of all, hang out with dogs!

Jamison Purry


Jamison is a 41 year old African American, father of three and a husband. He served in the Army National Guard as a medic for seven years. Jamison is passionate about creating better communities, advocating for veterans, people of color and people with disabilities, bridging socioeconomic gaps due to education disparities and emphasizing the importance of strong families. Read More

Currently, Jamison works for Multnomah County Veterans Services as a veteran services officer and outreach/referral specialist educating and connecting veterans and their dependents to the benefits they have earned.

He brings the expert knowledge and lived experience of our service members and communities of color. He sees the value in intersecting identities. Service members intersect all demographics of race, age, gender, and religion, and many suffer from mental and physical disabilities. Jamison’s assistance to service members serves all of our vulnerable communities.

Nichole Anglin


Nichole Anglin moved to Portland, OR at the end of 2019, and in the pursuit of getting to know her new home and wanting to be part of the community outside of her career, she asked her mentor for some advice. Nichole eventually met Emily and the opportunity to serve on RAPID's board and help in their mission was presented. Read More

Prior to becoming an attorney, Nichole worked as a paralegal for the City Attorney’s Offices in the City of Sunnyvale and City of San Jose in California. Nichole currently works in a small law firm advising public and private entities on a variety of employment law matters. She graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and earned her Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law.
In her free time she plays tennis, and enjoys traveling around the world. So far Nichole and her college friends have gone to the US Open, French Open and Australian Open. And one day she hopes to go to Wimbledon and complete her grand slam tour.

Kim Pierce


Kim has been a Registered Nurse for 17 years, with experience in Medical/Surgical and Orthopedic Surgery care. For the past ten years she has been a Care Coordinator in the Hospital and ER settings.  Read More

She has two young children and lives in NE Portland.
Kim was drawn to RAPID’s mission due to her own experience of being sidelined from soccer and running by a knee injury. She had multiple surgeries, spent time disabled, and had to modify her personal and professional life to adapt as a result of the injury. Having heard what RAPID is all about finally put words to what she had been missing during that experience, and she looks forward to any way she can help provide that to others.

Alexis Bennett


Prior to earning her master’s degree in Social Work in 2016, Alexis worked in the Portland and Beaverton school districts as a special education instructional assistant. Read More

During the summer months when school was not in session, she worked as an inclusion
assistant for Tualatin Hills Parks and Recs. In addition, she volunteered with the
Special Olympics of Washington County, working one on one with athletes to prepare
them for state competitions. She was able to build close relation

Dawit Tensae


Dawit Tensae specializes in facilitating the buying and selling of real estate in Washington state. As a real estate specialist, he has successfully handled the purchase and sale of over a dozen properties valued in the millions. Read More

Recently, he became the third owner of an investment group that buys and sells residential and commercial properties. Prior to becoming a real estate specialist/investor, he managed a family business that allowed him to gain many valuable lessons regarding budgeting and maintaining important business relationships.

In the last 25 years, he was fortunate enough to be part of many teams and businesses that strongly valued integrity, trust, camaraderie and accountability. These essential values have been the guiding pillars in everything he does. He is honored to utilize the last two decades of experience by teaming up with amazing board members at RAPID to execute the stated mission and vision for many years to come.

In addition to his professional experience, he enjoys reading a variety of books, listening to audiobooks, working out, watching sports, learning new languages and consistently looking for new ways to serve the people he is representing. Currently, he is fluent in English, Tigrinya, and Amharic.

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