About Us

Elevate, empower & engage to the next wave of leaders since 2001

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Since 2001, REAP has been offering multifaceted programming designed to uplift resilient leaders who are empowered to achieve their dreams.

Most recently, REAP has been focusing on school communities with significant numbers of families in challenging economic circumstances and non-English speaking families. Children of these families face the most challenge in negotiating school and life.

History

Founders Levell Thomas and Mark Jackson are longtime friends who came up in Portland Public Schools together. They founded REAP in 2001 knowing the potential contained within Portland youth and their yearning for opportunities in the larger world. 

Levell and Mark also knew how to adapt successful, proven programs as a structure for guiding and supporting youth, and they know how to tap into networks in business, government, and the nonprofit sector to connect the youth to leaders, mentors, and potential employers across our communities and the state.

CEO & Founder Levell Thomas
Executive Director & Co-Founder Mark Jackson

Meet Our Board Of Directors

LEVELL THOMAS

PRESIDENT

CEO, REAP, Inc

KEITH BODNAR

BOARD TREASURER

Controller Willamette View

JEREMY ROGERS

BOARD CHAIR

Political Advocacy Director & Staff Counsel, Oregon Association of Realtors

CHERYL TWETE

BOARD SECRETARY

Community Development Director, City of Beaverton

MIKE RICHARDSON

DIRECTOR

Founder, Dark Horse Comics

DR.WILLIAM JOHNSON

DIRECTOR

President, Moda Health

TYRONE POOLE

DIRECTOR

President & Founder, OneApp

REIKO WILLIAMS

DIRECTOR

Regional Equity Initiatives and Partnerships

Multnomah Education Service District

DR. KOFFI DESSOU

DIRECTOR

Deputy Director, Office of Equity & Human Rights, City of Portland

DR. DONN SPIGHT

SURGEON

OHSU

BESS WILLS

GENERAL MANAGER

Gresham Ford

REIKO WILLIAMS

DIRECTOR

Regional Equity Initiatives and Partnerships

Multnomah Education Service District

Our Values

"We call REAP The United Nations of Youth Empowerment. We're at the leading edge of the demographic changes you can see all around us."

- REAP Founder Levell Thomas