HopeBuilder Lunch

Thank you all for your support of Habitat for Humanity Portland Region at our 2024 HopeBuilder Lunch! Together we are building a better future!

The 2024 HopeBuilder Lunch was an incredible success, with over $518,000 raised through the event! Habitat supporters rallied for affordable homeownership and the inspiring message from Habitat’s President and CEO, Steve Messinetti, and our keynote speaker, urban revitalization strategist and Peabody Award-winning journalist Majora Carter.

Reservations are now closed for this event, but donations are still being accepted.

Meet Our Speakers

Majora Carter
Keynote Speaker

Majora Carter is an urban revitalization strategist, author, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster. Her work creating economic development, technology inclusion, and green infrastructure projects has transformed neighborhoods, garnered national recognition, and inspired audiences across the country. Her 2022 book, “Reclaiming Your Community: You Don’t Have to Move Out of Your Neighborhood to Live in a Better One” explores how we can address the problem of persistent poverty, and slow down the brain-drain that impairs local economic progress. 

Johnna Lee Wells

Guided by 20 years of experience, Johnna Lee Wells has used her nationally acclaimed style of virtual and event-based fundraising to raise more than $300 million at thousands of events for nonprofit organizations and foundations throughout the country. Holding firmly to the belief that nonprofit organizations, foundations, and schools are powerful conduits for positive change, helping to build stronger communities that inspire and enhance the lives and environments of those they serve along the way, Johnna aims to curate and execute fundraising and engagement opportunities that keep missions moving forward. As a professional fundraising ambassador and auctioneer, Johnna utilizes her signature storytelling, public speaking platform, creative call to action, and acclaimed fundraising models to cultivate community and illuminate the vast and powerful impact of giving.

Steve Messinetti
President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Portland Region

Steve Messinetti began his 30-year Habitat for Humanity career working at Habitat’s International headquarters in Georgia. Since taking the helm at Habitat Portland Region 20 years ago, the organization has grown to become a region-wide leader in affordable homeownership development and tripled the number of people it serves annually over the past five years. Under Steve’s leadership, Habitat has been recognized as the Green Home Builder of the Year by Earth Advantage, one of Portland Business Journal’s Most Admired Nonprofits, and received the Rotary Oregon Ethics in Business Award. Steve is an active member of numerous local housing committees, is on the board of Habitat for Humanity Oregon, and the Habitat for Humanity International New Market Tax Credits Advisory Board.

If you are unable to join us, and still want to support Habitat, donate here.

Become an Event Sponsor

Sponsorships for the 2024 Lunch are available now on a first come, first served basis. Join Habitat at this fun and popular event. Sponsorship packages are available at several levels and include premium event privileges for you and your guests. Click here to learn more or contact Tor Ostrom at 503.502.3472.

2024 Event Sponsors

AKS Engineering and Forestry LLC

Bank of the Pacific

Law Office of Michelle D. Da Rosa


PNC Financial Services

Radler White Parks & Alexander

West Coast Home Solutions

Walsh Construction

Point Forward Wealth Advisors

Northrup Corporation

Beth Green and Jason Newsom

MWA Architects

Date and Time

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
12:00 pm —1:00 pm PST
Registration and coffee at 11:30 am


Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232


We will provide various accommodations at the event to ensure accessibility, including American Sign Language interpretation, closed-captioned videos, wheelchair accessibility, accessible parking, and venue entry. Additionally, the venue is conveniently located near public transportation.

Sick Policy

Your health is important to us. If you’re feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms, we kindly request that you stay home and notify us of your cancellation. At the event, we will be providing hand sanitizer and masks for those who wish to use them. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our event safe for everyone.


For questions about the event, contact Jennifer Guillen (Email)

For questions about sponsorship, contact Tor Ostrom (Email)