Our Team

Buchi Asemota

Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer

Buchi was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. He spent over five years as a special education educator and has also worked as a camp director. His mission is to unite community to discuss, strategize, and implement change to systemic issues within our society. Outside of Our Streets he resides as a Commissioner on Oregon Commission for Black Affairs. Buchi is proud of the Our Streets team members who find joy in providing resources to the Portland community.

Mikah Takashige

Cofounder and Deputy Executive Director

Mikah grew up in the state of Hawaii and remained in Oregon following his 2018 graduation from George Fox University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He currently works as a Superintendent at Colas Construction, managing commercial and residential construction projects with a primary focus on affordable housing and community-based projects. Mikah played on the Bruin Baseball team while in school. He now spends his free time exploring a variety of interests including photography, music, snowboarding and hiking.

Nik Wagner

Director of Operations

Nik was born in Oregon and grew up in Portland where he graduated from Grant High School. With a background in carpentry and construction management, Nik’s career focus has been efficient planning and coordinating, qualities he has brought to Our Streets. His participation in Our Streets was unexpected, but it has been eye-opening. Seeing how the rapid changes to his hometown have hindered many of its people, Nik is grateful that Our Streets provides so many possible ways to help uplift the community.

Winter Wagner

Director of Communications

Winter was born and raised in Portland. After graduating from Grant High School, she attended Portland Community College, traveled, and eventually studied journalism, sociology and creative writing at the University of Oregon. She intertwines her passions for writing and photography with her work wherever she can. Joining Our Streets at its origin, enabling her to help her community, was one of the easiest decisions she ever made.

Tony Arevalo

Director of Finance

Tony grew up in Monmouth Oregon. After graduating high school, he attended Oregon State University where he earned a B.S. in Business Finance with a Minor in Economics. He has worked in sales, insurance and investments for the past twelve years. During the pandemic he started daily runs outside where he noticed the increase in houselessness and wanted to do a part to help the community. He originally volunteered for Our Streets preparing meals—assisting with outreach, and distributing meals on the streets—before eventually joining the team as Finance Manager.

HT Green

Head Chef

HT Green is an industry chef from Arizona who picked up his skills in a variety of kitchens across the country. He is fond of fall weather, making music, woodworking and gardening. He joined Our Streets to give back to the community while continuing to grow as a chef. He shares a home in NE Portland with his partner and two dogs.

Jocelyn Lauderback

Program Coordinator

Jocelyn was born and raised in Oregon. She has volunteered at local recreation centers since the age of eleven and has since continued that journey to her current work at Our Streets. She also works at a local artisanal women’s-owned coffee shop in NW Portland. Jocelyn joined Our Streets because it helps the community unite and take action to support those in need. Outside of work she enjoys creating art and attending concerts.

Joshua Bowman

Community Outreach Coordinator

Kings Valley, Oregon native, Joshua “wldmnd” Bowman moved to Portland in 2017 to join the band “Mustrd.” as bassist, while also working under the name “wldmnd” as an artist, executive producer, and mixing engineer. After establishing himself in the Portland music scene, Joshua found ways to connect with community beyond music, thanks to Buchi and the Our Streets team. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife and their two Boston terriers, gaming with friends online, and live music.