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Alumni Notes: Charlene Mashia
Author: The Portland Observer
Posted: March 27, 2014

Home Forward Names New Board Member

Mashia brings a diverse financial background to the agency. She is the principal of Charlene Mashia CPA, with expertise in tax, audit, budgeting, business technology and entrepreneurship. Her 20 years of experience with Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and non-profits includes working for NIKE, Pacificorp, and Coopers & Lybrand (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers). She holds a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Portland and a master’s in taxation from Portland State University.

Mashia experienced Home Forward’s programs as a child living in two public housing communities, Columbia Villa (now New Columbia) and Hillsdale Terrace (now Stephens Creek Crossing).

“This gives me a unique perspective as we consider policies that affect thousands of people in our community,” she said. “I know firsthand how these programs can help people move ahead in their lives, because that’s just what I did.”

She said her board service is “an opportunity to give back to the organization and the community that helped me early in life.”