Since we haven’t been able to connect in person over the last year, we wanted to step back and reintroduce you to our small but mighty team at Habitat for Humanity of Oregon. Next up is Resource Manager Kayla Brons.
In this role, Kayla is the first point of contact for our 24 Habitat affiliates, our partner organizations, and the public. Kayla manages Habitat Oregon’s down payment assistance program and our region-wide networking groups, and she is newly taking the reins of Habitat Oregon’s IDA program. Kayla also supports the Executive Director and Grant Portfolio Director with grant management; she has her paws in a little bit of everything.
Tell us a little about yourself:
Kayla (she/her/hers) joined Habitat Oregon in January 2020 as an administrative coordinator and moved into the Resource Manager role in January 2021. Prior to Habitat, she served as the executive assistant and grant writer for a non-governmental organization in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kayla found Habitat after returning to the states in search of opportunities to serve her home community in positive development ways — Habitat Oregon is the perfect fit.
Kayla grew up in Canby, Ore., and moved to Orange, Calif. to attend Chapman University where she graduated with a degree in political science with an emphasis in international relations. In summers through college, Kayla worked in Portland as an executive assistant and event manager for a local nonprofit dance arts organization, A-WOL Dance Collective. She now serves on A-WOL’s board of directors. Outside of work, Kayla enjoys yoga, dancing, and attempting to golf.
What is your favorite to see or do in Oregon?
I take any opportunity to be at the beach that I can get. We Oregonians are also so lucky to live in such a rich wine country! I love tasting at any of Oregon’s amazing wineries and learning about Oregon wines.
What is a recent book, podcast or movie/TV show that you would recommend to others?
Not the most recent, but anything Anthony Bourdain. I still rewatch “Parts Unknown” and I have his books all over my house. He’s entertaining and gritty and connected over food so beautifully with people around the world. I credit him for a lot of inspiration I’ve had to talk to strangers, try new things and go off the beaten path.
What does home mean to you?
Home is people.
What’s a highlight from your time with Habitat Oregon so far?
During a session in our virtual Western Region Conference, one participant mentioned being in a room “full of helpers” and I distinctly remember feeling like Habitat is where I was supposed to be.
What are you looking forward to most for the next year (Habitat, personal, or both)?
I joined Habitat right before COVID-19 sent us all home, so I have met a few Habitat-ers outside of a computer screen — I can’t wait to meet more of the Habitat network in person!