Advisory Council

Hilary Alter

Project Manager, Urban Renaissance Group

Hilary Alter is a Project Manager with Urban Renaissance Group (URG). URG is a full-service real estate company that invests in, builds, and operates urban office properties. Their mission is to create places that inspire and connect, places that are beautiful, and places where it’s easy to work and foster connections.

Hilary thrives in her role and enjoys exploring the connection between architecture, art, construction & finance, and even greater, the connections to the community. There is no greater joy than seeing a space adapt and transform for the end user, as well as how it interacts with its surrounding spaces. Hilary holds a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Oregon, is an active member the NW Chapter of the Urban Land Institute.

Joe Baldwin

Partner, Opsis Architecture

Joe Baldwin has been an active member of the Los Angeles and Portland architecture and academic communities for over 20 years. He has spent the last 12 years at Opsis Architecture as a Project Architect and Lead Designer on several award-winning, environmentally sustainable projects. Joe focuses on higher education, arts education, and community-based projects and is interested in the dynamic and creative interplay between landscape, site specificity, social impact, sustainability, and built form.

Sarah Drew

Director of Workplace Experience, Simple Finance

With a BFA in photography, Sarah originally envisioned her career as a photojournalist traveling the world, grant-to-grant. However, when she started working at a project management firm in Boston to pay back student loans, she quickly realized she had a passion for connecting place, people and community. Since then, she has worked nationally and globally in strengthening company cultures through interior projects and people.

Doing this as both an end user and service provider has given her a unique perspective on how we approach our workplace. She believes that we are always evolving in the world of work and it is our job as leaders to stay ahead, foster and embrace these shifts. 15 years later, she is still doing what she loves as the Director of Workplace Experience at Simple Finance.

Brittney Herrera

Founding Partner, HBX Studio

Brittney is a founder and partner of HBX Studio, a demonstrated leader, and active philanthropist. While technically a red-headed step-child, that label has not stopped her from becoming a trusted advisor and designer for some of the top Tech firms in the world. Her designs are home to the likes of TripAdvisor, edX, LogMeIn, EnerNOC and Blackduck Software. She is a former President of IIDA New England and a current board member of The Arthritis Foundation’s Oregon Chapter, a member of the Center for Workplace Innovation Think Tank and the Design Museum’s Advisory Council.

When not making out of the box Interiors for her clients, Brittney can be found in the kitchen making her famous chocolate chip cookies while her daughter empties the Tupperware drawer. #mommieproblems
Her mottos include (but are not limited to): “If it was easy, everyone would do it”; “You can have a good day or a bad day, the effort is the same”; The juice is worth the squeeze”; “Some days you are the bug, some days you are the windshield.”

Ed Herrera

Senior Designer, BRIC Architecture, Inc.

Ed Herrera has long been interested in art, design, and how the two intertwine in the urban fabric. He draws on his own life experiences of childhood in the Philippines and growing up in Southern California to be resonating inspirations for provoking connections and collaborations –a consistent theme he likes to embed, whether in the workplace or community. Having lived in San Diego, Boston, and now Portland, his involvement in multiple architecture communities has enabled him to explore professional collaborations in each region.


Ed holds high value in the impact that the built environment, in each respective form, can have in social and economic change, from multi-family housing, mixed-use structures, and corporate workplace environments. His continued pursuit of helping to shape communities has directed him to focus on schools and educational environments.

Ed brings many years of design background expertise to our Advisory Council, from such grass roots work of mosaic tile murals to delivering a 20-story multi-family residence. In his words: “It all comes down to the process.” Ed is a Senior Designer at BRIC Architecture, Inc., where he works on school design and is constantly inspired by working for the children.

Ruwan Jayaweera

Senior Associate and Mechanical Engineer, PAE

Ruwan Jayaweera is a Senior Associate and Mechanical Engineer at PAE with more than 20 years of experience in design and modeling of sustainable buildings. He has provided expertise for 19 LEED rated or registered projects, as well as several passive, resilient, and Net Zero Energy projects.  Ruwan is also active in giving back to the community, as a mentor with the ACE Mentorship Program and MESA and as a member of the Green Schools Committee.

A well-travelled fellow, Ruwan was born in Sri Lanka, earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Maryland, and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2005. He has two children, is a backpacker and runner, and occasionally plays the violin.

David Lemus

Design Strategist

David believes the world needs more creative leaders so everyone can make experiences that customers love. He is a design strategist who partners with organizations to empower teams to be customer-obsessed to build the right products. In addition to his consultancy practice, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business. David lives in a Tiny House on Wheels which he designed and built himself from the wheels up.

Prior to being an independent design strategist, David was in-house at Capital One, where he worked on the Design Thinking and Strategy team which focused on changing the way the enterprise worked by empowering all employees with the tools and mindsets of design thinking. His team scaled practitioner and senior leadership programs throughout the risk-averse organization. Prior to Capital One, David was a senior consultant at Peer Insight, a service design and innovation firm where he led service design projects with Fortune 500 and non-profit clients. David previously led the Design Thinking Meetup community here in Portland, OR. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland.

Ivan McClellan

UX Director, AKQA

Ivan McClellan is a UX designer with a hybrid background in experience design, photography and theater. He has built digital products and created service strategies for several global brands and agencies. His interests converge around the levers that motivate people to take action, immersive storytelling and beautility.

Ivan is an Ambassador for Greater Than, an organization committed to improving education outcomes for underprivileged youth in Portland.