CEO & Founder

Cat Goughnour is an Oregon born human rights advocate with a specialization in equity policy.  She holds an MSc Sociology: Race, Ethnicity and Post Colonial Studies from London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London (2009); and a BA Liberal Arts: Social and Political Philosophy from Portland State University (2008).


Cat’s professional involvement includes: research consultant for PolicyLink (2014); Multnomah County Community Health Worker (2013); equity and racial justice facilitator trained through Office of Equity and Human Rights Equity Training and Dialogue Program, and Resolutions NW/ Uniting to Understand Racism (2012 and 2013); lead consultant at RADIX consulting group, llc. (2014); Urban League/Metro Equity Baseline consultant; and published researcher.


Cat is deeply committed to helping Oregon’s communities understand how issues of diversity, inclusion and equity affect all of us, and uses this grounding to innovate mutli-systemic, sustainable and equitable Public Health interventions to foster community cohesion and empowerment. She ​employs a solution-focused approach to address and redress the root causes of disparity and catalyze impactful social change.


As an integral member of the Portland African American Leadership Forum’s (PAALF) affordable housing campaign, fair housing advocate (trained whilst at the Fair Housing Council of Oregon), certified Multnomah County Community Health Worker, published in The International Journal for Social Sustainability in the Social, Economic and Cultural Context, as well as consultant and co-author of the 2015 Metro Equity Baseline Framework Report, and a native-born Oregonian made homeless by gentrification, Cat intends to continue organizing and base-building to increase community participation by leveraging community need and the initial N/NE Housing Strategy $20 Million seed allocation, to advise the Portland Housing Bureau’s “Right to the City” policy, the Portland Development Commission's Community Benefits Agreement for North Portland's MLK/Alberta property, the inclusion of 11 Anti-displacement/Anti-gentrification Comprehensive Plan amendments for the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, as well as the Metro Housing Equity Advisory Committee.


Her policy advocacy is an exercise in personal-empowerment-cum-pilot-project for meaningful social transformation. Cat employs a data-driven approach to identify and tackle the root causes of inequity and disparity through policy making and advocacy, social narrative reframing, and base building for the most impacted. As someone similarly situated to the people she advocates for, the most impacted by poverty, gentrification and displacement, she weaves the wisdom she's gleaned from her academic background, policy advocacy and lived experiences into the affordable housing, economic development, healthy outcomes and "complete communities" work she spearheads.

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