Working to join people, ideas and resources to help meet the complex challenges of the future


The Foundation is a small catalytic organization that seeks to convene other collaborators in strategic ways, and thereby leverage its small resources for maximum effect.  The Foundation’s name, Sustasis, is a Greek word that means “to stand together” or “to come together into integrality.”  The Foundation’s mission is to help to bring people and resources together to collaborate on the vital challenges of our time. 


Our 3-person board includes leaders in urbanism, organization, technology, and financial management:

Michael Mehaffy,  Ph.D., Portland, OR

Ward Cunningham, software engineer, wiki pioneer, Portland, OR

Bernie Franceschi, financial advisor, Providence RI

Our 5-person advisory board includes leaders in architecture, urbanism, and other fields:

Christopher Andrews, architect, Oakland, CA

Susan Ingham, architect, Seattle, WA

Kathryn Langstaff, Autopoiesis LLC, Portland, OR

Amy Macklin, fundraising expert, Atlanta, GA

Yodan Rofe, professor, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, IS

Michael Mehaffy, our executive director, is a researcher, author, educator, consultant and practitioner in sustainable urban development.  He is the author of many professional journal papers and popular articles, as three books and over twenty book chapters, and he is a member of the editorial boards of three international research journals in sustainable urbanism.  He serves as a consultant to governments, university research projects and others.  He is the former director of the Office of Christopher Alexander in Sussex, UK, and the Centre for Environmental Structure-UK.



Sustasis Foundation

742 SW Vista Ave., #42

Portland, OR 97205


Email: michael dot mehaffy at the gmail domain. 

Thank you!