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
Development Director
Desmond Hardison
DeVon Pouncey
Vendor Program Manager
Senior Staff Reporter
Kayla Jones
Administrative Assistant
Vendor Program Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator
Monica Kwasnik
Editorial Producer
Nina Lee, Development Assistant
Development Assistant
Vendor Program Assistant


Heather Stadick
Board Member
Nels Johnson
Board Member
Board Member
Sandra Hahn
Board Member

Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots is a journalistic gem. I feel lucky to have access to such high caliber investigative reporting with a strong community conscience. Combine the newspaper with Street Roots’ tremendous community organizing presence and the result is an irreplaceable social change resource.

- David Rogers, Executive Director, ACLU of Oregon