Israel Valentín Vargas

Loan Program Coordinator and Administrative Specialist

Tel: (503) 537-0319 Ext. 320

Israel hails from the beautiful emerald of the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico⁠—Borikén for the native Taíno population. Originally led to Oregon by love, he has called Portland home for 7 years. He enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest for the rainy, cool weather, the wide variety and high quality of food, and how it easy it is to find fun events to attend.

He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Nursing and a Surgical Tech, and was attracted to the field of medicine because he loves helping people. Israel looks forward to moving into the community development field because it will be an area of growth and learning. Additionally, as a Loan Program Coordinator and Administrative Specialist, he is excited to support Innovative Changes in the mission of helping people build their long-term financial health.

During his free time, Israel enjoys playing guitar, writing, reading, and spending time-and-quarters galore at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade.

As a resident, past board member, and past president of a manufactured housing cooperative in Corvallis, Oregon, Gayle will be helping to bring the voice of park residents to CASA’s Manufactured Housing Cooperative Development Center. She led her park’s recent reorganization and refinance of its original purchase loans to join the ROC USA and CASA model. In her new role, she will be assisting six parks across central and southern Oregon.

Gayle holds an M.B.A. from the University of Oregon, has over 30 years experience renovating and managing rental properties in Montana and Oregon, and served as a Policy Analyst and Technical Project Manager for the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.