HopeBuilder Lunch

Excitement is building for the 2024 HopeBuilder Lunch, Wednesday, April 24, at the Oregon Convention Center. Registrations begin Feb. 27.

Join us for the 2024 HopeBuilder Lunch, Habitat’s signature benefit, featuring keynote speaker Majora Carter, an urban revitalization strategist, author, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster. Come together for a complimentary lunch, hear inspiring stories from homeowners, and learn about Habitat’s continued work to help build a Portland region where everyone has a safe, affordable place to call home. Gather your friends and coworkers and host a table for an informative social event. Individual reservations are also available.

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 in low-status communities differently, and slow down the brain-drain that cripples local economic progress. 

Brenda Braxton

For more than 30 years, Brenda Braxton anchored KGW News at Sunrise and KGW News at Noon. Originally from McMinnville, Braxton was the evening anchor and medical/health reporter at the local CBS affiliate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, before moving back to the Northwest in 1989. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of Portland and a Master of Journalism Degree from Louisiana State University. Brenda volunteers with numerous organizations including the American Heart Association, Raphael House, Self Enhancement Inc., the Alzheimer’s Association of Oregon, and Park Academy. In her spare time, Brenda enjoys cooking, gardening and interior design. She has a son and a daughter.  

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

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AKS Engineering and Forestry LLC

Law Office of Michelle D. Da Rosa

Walsh Construction

2023 Event Sponsors

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Dunn Carney

AKS Engineering and Forestry

Fidelity National Title

Walsh Construction

Clackamas County Bank

Law Office of Michelle D. Da Rosa

William Wilson Architects

Rose City Park Presbyterian Church

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.


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

For questions about sponsorship, contact Tor Ostrom (Email)