HopeBuilder Breakfast

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Here in Portland it’s estimated that more than 15,000 households cannot find an affordable home, and many more low-income families are forced to live in inadequate, substandard housing in order to afford necessities such as food and healthcare.

Join us for our most inspirational event of the year at the 17th annual HopeBuilder Breakfast. Enjoy a free breakfast during this one-hour program that includes an update on Habitat’s involvement in the Portland Metro area, an inspiring keynote speech from Kiva co-founder Jessica Jackley, and testimonials from families who are on their way to homeownership.



Jessica Jackley is an entrepreneur best known as a co-founder of Kiva, the world’s first microlending website that has facilitated nearly $1B in loans since its founding. Currently, Jessica is serving as USC’s inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence, where she also teaches entrepreneurship. She is a member of the Council on Foreign relations, and serves as an active board member or advisor for several nonprofit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity International. Earlier, Jessica served as Disney Imagineering’s first EIR, a Venture Partner at Collaborative Fund, and co-founder/CEO of ProFounder, a pioneering crowdfunding platform for U.S. entrepreneurs.

Jessica holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a certificate in Global Leadership and Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA from Bucknell University. She is the author of Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least (Random House).

Jessica lives in LA with her husband Reza Aslan, and their three sons.


Brenda Braxton is a morning and noon anchor for KGW TV in Portland. Brenda loves her community, devoting time volunteering with organizations like the American Heart Association, Raphael House, and Self Enhancement, Inc.

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2017 breakfast sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

AKS Engineering & Forestry
Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue LLP
Executive Forum
Fidelity National Title
Law Office of Michelle D. Da Rosa
New & Neville Real Estate Services
Nossa Familia Coffee
US Bank
Walsh Construction

Ruthann Compton is a single mother of two – Kaylee, 14 and Kingston, 8 – and a Portland native.

With a family history marked by substance abuse, Ruthann is determined to break the cycle of addiction and poverty, and provide a healthy home for her children to grow and thrive. See how the Habitat for Humanity program is changing her family’s life.

Funds raised at the breakfast will be used to build and repair homes to create affordable homeownership opportunities for local, low-income, hardworking families in the Portland Metro area. Habitat plans to build 32 homes this year and repair 24 more.

7:00 am – registration and check-in
7:30 am – program and continental plated breakfast
8:30 am – Program concludes promptly at 8:30

Parking Information:

The Oregon Convention Center provides a limited number of spaces in their underground parking garage. The rate to park is $6 and can be accessed via First Avenue. In addition, there is street parking with coin-operated meters nearby.

The OCC is easily accessible by utilizing public transportation. The Portland Streetcar Central Loop and TriMet Bus Line #6 both stop right outside the center on NE Martin Luther King (MLK) Blvd. The blue, red and green MAX light rail lines all stop at the OCC at the intersection of NE MLK Blvd. and NE Holladay Street.