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Join us for an evening with Keneshia Raymond & Andres Portela, Co-Executive Directors of Our Nyumba

About this event

Tucson Young Professionals holds a monthly CEO Roundtable as an avenue of professional development for our members and the community. We ask our featured speaker to candidly speak for 30 – 35 minutes about their lessons and advice for professional growth and community impact.


  • TYP Members – Free (Enter your email address as the promo code to reveal your free ticket)
  • Community Members: $15


  • 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Networking and Appetizers
  • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm CEO Speaker talk + Q&A

About Our Speakers

Our Nyumba is striving to build a model in Tucson, AZ where community partnerships can better leverage existing resources to provide real affordable ownership opportunities to disenfranchised communities, nationwide. Underneath this goal is a deeper value set: The residents of Tucson, AZ are deserving of ownership opportunities. “We are tackling affordable housing and what it truly is. Ownership should not be for the wealthy, it should be for everyone.”

Keneshia is the Co-Executive Director of Our Nyumba & The Director of Programs and Access to Capital at Startup Tucson. For 13+ years, she has provided online and in-person education through her current company Blissful Creatives. Previously, she was the VP of WedTech Summit–the first-of-its-kind technology conference.

Keneshia was accepted as a fellow of the Common Future entrepreneurship policy program. Over the next year, she will focus on affordable homeownership to make it transparent and accessible to all. We have identified the problems and now we are solutions focused. In the next year, we hope to not only have a program to help our community but also opportunities for homes for them to purchase.

Responding to the gap in the market Keneshia spends a lot of time disrupting what has become the traditional way of funding and access to capital. She has spent the last year learning and challenging the systems that have been put in place to keep people of color stagnant, by creating on-ramps and new programs to create opportunities.


Andres is the Co-Exective director of Our Nyumba & plays roles at Pima County Health Department and Mass Liberation Arizona. His work has focuses on the intersections of race, socioeconomics, abolition and the need for innovation to help communities find place.

Andres has found success in the housing and community development specifically by revitalizing Tucsons housing commission, now the Commission on Equitable Housing and Development as a city employee and with his work at SWFHC. He was recognized as an emerging leader in Fair Housing and has a passion for ensuring community isn’t erased from their stories.