Operation Nightwatch
Serving Portland's Street Population Since 1981

Our Staff

Our Staff


Paul Underwood
Executive Director

Paul Underwood began his tenure as Executive Director in July 2017. Paul has an extensive toolbox of skills ranging from homebuilder to mountaineer, and was most recently employed as the Director of NAMI. He continues to teach Family to Family classes through NAMI, and hosts regular hikes and mountaineering activities. He has a passion for making mental health services more accessible to those who need or want them, and is working to implement a Peer Support Specialist componenent to our current mental health initiative.

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Mikaila Smith, MSW
Assistant Executive Director

Mikaila Smith serves as Assistant Executive Director. She has been with Nightwatch since 2012, and is a recent MSW graduate from Portland State University. After operating the Southeast Hospitality Center and Mobile Hospitality Center for five years, Mikaila now holds primary responsibility for operations, outreach, and volunteer coordination. She also assists and fundraising and other support activities.

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Kolin Busby, MSW
Mental Health Director

Kolin Busby serves as the Mental Health Services Director and primarily operates at the Downtown Hospitality Center. Kolin provides trauma-informed crisis counseling, solution-focused brief therapy, and engages guests in harm reduction strategies. He offers strengths-based support to guests who do not typically engage with traditional mental healthcare services. He is available throughout the night for any guest at any time. He has also been working to bring peer support specialists in as volunteers as a means to better support our diverse population of guests.


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Apolina Green joined Operation Nightwatch in May 2018 as a Downtown Program Coordinator. She is joining us with years of experience working with unhoused Portlanders. She has worked at both shelters and mental health programs, has Peer Support experience and training, and brings an absolute wealth of knowledge to our team. Apolina has been added to our crew as a much needed “Flex” employee, who will fill in at our Downtown Center as needed. We are incredibly lucky to have such an experienced and dedicated worker join our ranks.


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Downtown Program coordinator
School of social work student

Mina is a Bachelor of Social Work student from Portland State University, and will be fulfilling her Field Placement Education at our Downtown Hospitality Center every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through September 2018. Mina has proven herself to be driven, thoughtful, and compassionate towards our guests and volunteers, and we are so grateful to have her on our team. She has a passion for environmental justice, and hopes to develop a rich understanding of people's stories during her time with us.