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Where Public Policy and Small Business Meet


My bio is below.  You can read my resume here.

Eva Schweber was CubeSpace’s founder and Chief Cat Herder, policy wonk and fount of obscure nonprofit information. CubeSpace was many things, a workspace, community hub and business incubator. CubeSpace has been described as:

… one of those businesses that’s…successfully transitioned itself into an essential hub… Sure, you can rent office space or meeting space by the hour from CubeSpace, and it’s been the place where plenty of technology events happen (WordCamp, BarCamp, Start Up to Side Project, CyborgCamp, etc. etc. etc.) But owners Eva Schweber and David Kominsky don’t just rent space to people – they create, nourish and/or sustain communities.

Betsy Richter, OurPDX

… I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to find the words to describe what their time, their compassion, and their energy did for the Portland tech community at this critical time in its development.

Without CubeSpace, the progress we’ve made as a community would never have happened. I’m confident of that. And for that, we all owe them a significant debt.

Rick Turoczy, Silicon Florist

Eva brings over 16 years of collaborative facilitation and organizational management experience to her numerous paid and volunteer gigs. Her professional experience runs the gamut from managing an artisan goat dairy (and was a state-certified pasteurizer) to facilitating a strategic planning effort by an international environmental consortium to building Portland’s tech community’s economic development capacity. Her esoteric background has trained her well for running a co-working community.

Eva’s expertise is in facilitating relationships among diverse stakeholders, including; employees, citizens, board members, union representatives, clients, customers, and politicians, and bringing them to consensus on divisive issues. She build community interest in challenging public policy by conveying complex concepts and ideas in simple to understand language.

In her spare time, Eva serves on the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Cabinet and the City of Portland’s Fair Contracting Forum. She is the former chair of the Small Business Development Workgroup of the City of Portland’s Small Business Advisory Council In 2010, Eva was re-appointed by Governor Ted Kulongowski, and confirmed by the state senate, to serve on Oregon’s Commission for Voluntary Action and Service.

As an independent consultant for the past 16 years, she has advised startup businesses and nonprofit organizations and assisted in their journey to financial stability. She facilitated the financial recovery of a $5 million grocery co-op after their financial manager’s misappropriation of funds (for which the financial manager was indicted) allowing for the growth and expansion of the business. She facilitated a pilot out-of-school hours collaborative service delivery model that has been nationally recognized and continues to serve as a facilitator of public/private partnerships.

More recently, Ms. Schweber chaired the City Club of Portland’s study committee on the controversial Portland Police Fire & Disability Fund and authored the subsequent report. She then worked with City Council and the police and fire unions to come to agreement on a mutually acceptable package of reforms. The reform package went before Portland voters in November 2007 and passed by an unprecedented 82% (7 previous efforts by the City and 11 previous study efforts by the City Club had gone nowhere). Ms. Schweber received the City Club’s award for Excellence in Research for her work on this issue.

Eva is the former Co-Chair and Treasurer of the Community Nonprofit Resource Group (CNRG), leading them through their own community building efforts as they expanded their services to their 11,000 member listserve. New services will include electronic resource-sharing, trainings and electronic forums on issues relevant to Portland’s nonprofit community.

Ms. Schweber continues her consulting practice providing analytical, facilitation and management consulting work to public, private and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States and Canada. She also gives papers and leads workshops on a variety of topics nationwide.

Eva Schweber has a B.A. in Psychology from Reed College and a Masters in Public Administration with a joint emphasis in Budgeting/Finance and Nonprofit Management from Lewis & Clark College.


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