Mike Savara is currently a Program Manager at Central City Concern, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness, mental health and substance use disorders in Portland, Oregon. Mike is passionate about racial and economic justice, believing that a progressive vision for the future must include a concerted effort to right the wrongs of systemic racism and wealth inequality. His interest in ending homelessness, housing justice, and behavioral healthcare has taught him that vast structural changes are needed to solve these deeply rooted issues.
Mike currently serves on the Community Involvement Committee with Multnomah County where he has the opportunity to link the needs and voice of the community with the leadership of the County. He strives to ensure that the voices of minorities and those who have been shut out of the democratic process are raised up. Currently, Mike is serving as the Chair of the Housing and Homelessness Subcommittee which is focused on improving the experience and outcomes of the transgender community who have experienced homelessness.
Mike is the recipient of the 2016 National Homeless Social Work Initiative Award, for his focus on improving the connection between social work education and solutions for ending homelessness. His passion for teaching has led him to become a Subject Matter Expert with the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, where he provides technical assistance and support on various topics related to behavioral healthcare and homelessness.
Mike holds a Bachelor in Social Work from the University of Portland and a Master in Social Work from New York University. When he is not working, Mike enjoys spending time at home with his wife, Jessica, and their Dachshund, Leonard. He loves getting up to the mountain for a day of snowboarding and going on long runs in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.