Meet the Team
Local Grown Staff
We’re very proud of the diversity of our staff, and their abilities to contribute their own unique experience and skills to our success. Find out more about some of our team members below.
Sang Tzun Phan
Founder & Executive Director
Sang Tzun Phan or Sam is a first-generation Iu-Mienh American currently serving as a commissioner for the Oregon Commission for Asian Pacific Islander Affairs. He is passionate about advocating for communities of color.
Hobbies: Basketball, Gaming, Collecting cards
Daniel Peredo is a first generation Mexican-American raised in Oregon. He has joined Local Grown to support the community and provide mentorship to the next generation through our scholarship program.
Hobbies: Tech, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Gaming
Social Media Associate
Kannezcia Sanamane is a first generation Lao-American born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Kannezcia has been involved with her community since her youth through traditional lao dancing and has been a huge part of the Lao Community at Wat Sandy. During her free time, she does photography and is passionate about helping those in need.
Hobbies: photography, dance, creating,
Social Media and Marketing Intern
Samuel Peter Christian Savard (Sam or Peter) is a student at Walla Walla University majoring in Strategic Communications with a minor in photography. Sam is 22 years old and is from Glendale, California but was raised in Salem, Oregon. He is currently a senior at the university and will be graduating in 2023. He also has three brothers; two full brothers, one half, and a half sister. He is the youngest in his family and one out of four boys in the family. Sam also runs a side business doing photography. He is known to be such a welcoming guy with a passion to be creative on social media to his photography.
Hobbies: Photography, Drawing, Travel
Bethany Dinh is a first generation Asian American studying Education Foundations at the University of Oregon. Bethany has been involved with the community since high school, advocating for the environment, sex violence awareness and women in sports. She is passionate about helping bring representation to those who are underrepresented.
Hobbies: Sports, ceramics, making coffee
Duyên Frederiksen is a multiracial college graduate from the University of Oregon; who studied history and anthropology. During her time at UO, she was a student leader for the organization; APASU (Asian and Pacific American Student Union); and was devoted to creating a better space for all students, including those in the AANHPI community. Feel free to call her Duyên or Kate!
Hobbies: discovering new music, collecting albums and vinyl, and spending time with friends and family.
Board of Directors
Find out more about our team members below!
Sonia Camacho is a Masters student studying computer science at Oregon state University. She is from Salem Oregon and is a big advocate for getting more under represented minorities into STEM.
Hobbies: Social media, Tennis, Running, and shopping.
Mitchell 'Buchi' Asemota
Buchi Asemota is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Our Streets PDX. He was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. He has worked as an educator for six years. He enjoys uniting the community to discuss, strategize, and implement change to systemic issues that beset our society. He enjoys spending his free time with his fiancé and dogs.
Hobbies: Rock climbing, Support local sports teams, and trying food places around Portland.
Jacque was born and raised in the SE Portland area and graduated from Centennial High School in Gresham, Oregon. She now resides in Brooklyn, NY and works as a legal specialist for Google's nonprofit organization, Google.org. Jacque enjoys volunteering with youth and is an advocate for art, music, and trade education in our public schools.
Hobbies: Painting, Stand-Up Comedy
Mirsa Lopez is a first generation Mexican-American born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Currently Mirsa is working as the Lead Facilitator with the Legal Resource Center in the Multnomah County Circuit Court. She loves being able to help her community in her current role and hopes to expand the Legal Resource Center's services.
Hobbies: Gardening, outdoor activities, cooking, and spending time with her family with board games included.