About the RVO PDX Team

(The RVO Portland team is also responsible for oversight of the entire RVO network.)


Tricia Zigrang

CO-PRESIDENT | tricia@refvol.org

Tricia has lived in Portland for several decades and has enjoyed having many refugee families stay with her over the years. She saw firsthand how hard it was to find the resources needed to help her new refugee friends find the things they needed to better integrate and adapt to a new life and culture. A psychologist by training, Tricia is outgoing and loves to meet new people.


Fatein Mahmoud

CO-PRESIDENT | fatein@refvol.org

Fatein is a project manager by training and a driving force behind the Portland Refugee Support Group which seeks to provide resources for new arrivals. Originally from Egypt, Fatein and his wife have lived all over the Middle East and in many U.S. states as well.

Fatein is happy to help respond directly to you if you have any questions about refugee integration, resources, etc. that cannot be found on our site.

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Tim Cowley

media director | tim@refvol.org

Tim has lived in Portland since 2016 after spending the previous 13 years in sub saharan Africa working in development. He is the founder of The ESL Cafe and NewPortlanders.net and helps various organizations with their media production needs.

If you would like to set up an RVO site for your city, Tim is the guy to talk to.


Allie McGee

admin | allie@refvol.org

Allie grew up in southern California and moved to Oregon in 2016 to be closer to family.  She loves to be home on her farm tending to her chickens, vegetable garden and roses.  Allie is part of the grant writing team and helps keep things organized in the office as Tricia’s office manager.