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.


Mikaila Smith, Assistant Diector

Mikaila Smith serves as Assistant Director. A recent MSW graduate from Portland State University, Mikaila holds primary responsibility for overseeing and coordinating our outreach outside downtown. That includes our work with the Mobile Hospitality Center and our SE Hospitality Center, as well as networking with those in other parts of the metro area, exploring possibilities for extending Nightwatch's work elsewhere. She also assists and fundraising and other support activities.


Kristen Murray, Downtown Program & HEALTH Coordinator




Kolin Busby, Mental Health Specialist

Kolin Busby serves as the  Mental Health Services Coordinator for the Downtown Hospitality Center. Kolin recieved his MSW from Portland State University in 2011, and enjoys working with diverse populations as a peer social worker. Born and raised in Portland Oregon, he loves reading, hiking, and hanging out with his mischevious feline friends in his garden.