Sharon Nielson


Sharon leads the finance planning for the refinance and renovation of the Cerimon House building. Sharon has significant experience in the financing and development of community-based projects. Sharon’s career path to project development and finance spans a broad skill set and range of life experiences, both in the public and private sector. From leading the Portland Saturday Market in the 1980’s to working at the Portland Development Commission to create housing for homeless persons, Sharon has developed a deep respect for the power of public/private collaboration to create and forward a thriving community. Sharon holds a MS in Management from Marylhurst University. Her approach to community development and Board membership is grounded in over 20 years as an independent consultant and business owner, successfully completing a diverse range of projects in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

Sharon regularly participates on various work groups to address the current affordable housing crisis. She was a member of the Meyer Memorial Trust’s Housing Cost Containment Work Group that met over the course of two years. She recently downsized and completed the construction of an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) in the Irvington Neighborhood on her son’s property. She is now living and working happily near her 5 year old granddaughter. She produced a video about her experience in affordable intergenerational living; called Reimagining Life in the Wisdom Years. She recently presented the video and shared her experience in a conversation with a gathering of 40 persons of all ages. She plans on sharing with other groups that are interested in the reimagining life (at any age) process.