Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

Our Mission

Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.

Our People


Kaia Sand, Street Roots Executive Director
Executive Director
Executive Editor
Vendor Program Staff
Development Director
Vendor Program Director
Desmond Hardison
DeVon Pouncey
Vendor Program Coordinator
Senior Staff Reporter
Kayla Jones
Administrative Assistant
Monica Kwasnik
Editorial Producer
Nina Lee, Street Roast Outreach Coordinator
Street Roast Outreach Coordinator & Development Assistant


Rachel Langford
Board Chair
Vice Chair
Alison Hallett
Heather Stadick
John Brown
Board Member
Board Member
Nels Johnson
Board Member
Sandra Hahn
Board Member

Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots advocates for those folks who don’t have a voice and you and your team work diligently, and with great humanity, humility and grace to bring those stories center stage for food, housing, healthcare and social justice. Portland is lucky to have an organization like Street Roots to help us understand the complexities of homelessness, politics and the community.

- Tamara Pedrojetti, Community Relations Manager and SafeLink Program Manager, CareOregon