Bark’s Board of Directors is grateful for the opportunity to bring Monica Beemer on board as the Interim Executive Director while we begin a search for a permanent Executive Director. Monica brings decades of experience involved with diverse social movements. Her leadership is best known through her positions at Sisters of the Road and KBOO in Portland. We know Monica will bring the empathic support and knowledge Bark’s community needs as we move through this coming transition. Thank you and welcome, Monica!

You can reach Monica by email (monica@bark-out.org) or by calling our office (503-331-0374). Or meet her in person at Base Camp on Thursday, August 23rd!

From Monica: “I’m excited to be engaged with and supporting the Bark staff, community and the vital work that protects the eco-systems that support all of us. Thanks to all of you for being part of this important work together!”

Monica Beemer MSW, served as the Executive Director of Sisters of the Road, a nonprofit cafe and community for people experiencing homelessness in Portland, Oregon, from 2001 to 2013. She also was Station Co-Manager of KBOO Community Radio from 2014-2017 with community leader and cultural educator, Mic Crenshaw.  She has served on the board of the Western Regional Advocacy Project for the past 10 years (WRAPhome.org), supporting and organizing with the Homeless Bill of Rights and other WRAP campaigns. Monica is on the National Planning Committee of the Social Welfare Action Alliance, social workers building a movement for radical social change social work in the United States. She is on the Oregon Coordinating Committee for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival which is carrying on the work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and fighting the interconnected violence of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation and the military economy. She is from both rural (Newport) and urban (Portland) Oregon.