Who We Are

Suma is a frontline-led Portland nonprofit that bridges the digital divide by incorporating technology as the basis of its economic, racial, and environmental justice programming.

the suma app

We launched the suma platform, a community-built commerce app that helps low-income households save money on essential expenses like food, transportation, and utilities.

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We develop and share tailored curricula to build digital capacity with frontline communities. We also provide devices to community members to expand internet access.


We work with community members, partners and government to build long-term community engagement in technology policymaking and to overcome the digital divide.

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our history
our people
our stories

Suma's story begins with another Portland-based nonprofit, Verde.

Since 2005, Verde and its partners have reinterpreted sustainability as an antipoverty strategy and built a frontline community-led environmental movement in Portland. Over time, they encountered more and more technology issues while organizing to bring environmental benefits to frontline communities -- the green divide was becoming a digital divide.

In response, Verde started its suma program in 2019 and spun it off into an independent nonprofit in 2020.

Suma is committed to frontline organizational leadership.

Our board of directors is made up of talented and knowledgeable individuals from across Portland’s frontline communities:

Alyshia Alohalani Macaysa-Feracota | Health equity strategist and community organizer.
Damien Hall | Land use attorney, active in affordable housing and renewable energy.
Edgar Navas | Founder and CEO of CLIQA, Inc.
Gabriela Rodriguez Beron | Software engineer, currently with The Tor Project.

Suma welcomes the opportunity to share stories highlighting our work and other frontline voices imagining an inclusive technology present and future.

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We're building the suma platform to connect you with new customers at reduced customer acquisition costs and to increase participation in your community discount programs. Stay tuned to this site for more information, and join our mailing list to get platform updates.