Harvey Rice – Chair
Identifies as: African American
Mr. Rice graduated from Benson High School in 1955. After graduating from high school he then enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving as a jet mechanic. After his service he graduated Pacific Academy of Accountancy and Pacific Computer Programming Institute in 1959. He then worked as a bookkeeper for the Portland Model City Program. Followed by accepting a position as an accountant for the Portland Metropolitan Steering Committee. In 1968 he attend Portland State University graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance/Law. In 1972 he obtained a Master of Studies in General Social Science with a Certification in Urban Studies. During his studies at PSU Mr. Rice worked as the Assistant Director of the Portland State University Educational Center. Followed that by working as a loan officer and director for a non-profit organization, leaving that position to work for the State of Oregon’s Real Estate Division as a real estate examiner of real estate brokerage office auditing the Client Trust Account to ensure they were in compliance with Oregon real estate laws and administrative rules.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Rice has dedicated his time, energy, and knowledge to advocate for healthy people and communities across Oregon. He has been active on a multitude of local, county, state, and national boards and committees including: AARP Oregon, Oregon State University Extension Services, University of Oregon Health Science Dementia and Aging Study, Oregon Health Sciences University ORCA Technology Program, African American Chamber of Commerce, Oregon Trail Chapter of American Red Cross, Metropolitan Family Services, Urban League of Portland, Ride Connection, Multnomah County Library Cyber Seniors computer instructor, Vernon Neighborhood Association’s outreach, Portland Community College Community History and Skill Centers, and the Portland State University’s Men’s Health Project.
Mr. Rice currently a seniors real estate specialist and volunteer outreach coordinator. He has been instrumental in broadening the “Aging in Place” concept across the Portland Metropolitan Statistical Area. He functions as an instructor in Sabin’s CDC technology program and volunteers as the Adventist Community Services Disaster Response Coordinator for Sharon Seventh-day Adventist Church. His extensive understanding of education, housing, and community service has made him an asset to not only in the community, but to the State of Oregon, Multnomah County, Portland’s Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, and numerous other organizations.