Straight Path, Inc. and its Partners draw on holistic and loving approaches in mentoring, training, counseling, and guiding our community of neighbors with barriers, to obtain family wages employment in a diverse working environment.
Board of Directors
Clarence Larkins Sr.
Clarence Larkins Sr. is the Founder/CEO of Straight Path Inc. He graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. degree in Social Science with a Minor in Political Science. He has been a resident of the NE Portland Community for over 50 years and has a long history as an active community member, and is the current President of the 42nd Ave Business Association.
Philip Berlin is a native of Northeast Portland, and lives there today with his wife Shonna and their two daughters. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Multnomah University in 2007, and went on to complete his Master of Divinity there. He has worked in the banking and finance industry from the late 90's to the present. Since 2000 he has served in various ministry roles in the Portland metro area. He is currently serving as bi-vocational youth Pastor at Irvington
Larry received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Washington, and later an M.S. from Johns Hopkins. He moved to Portland in 2000 with his wife Sara and their two children, Dawit and Lidya. Having become aware of the disastrous effects of mass incarceration on the lives of people of color and other marginalized groups in America, he was led to join Straight Path by his respect for Clarence's work in repairing some of the damage caused by these policies through his work in Straight Path and other projects.
Sara grew up in Seattle and attended the University of Washington, where she received a BA degree in Art with a focus on Textile Design. Sara and her husband Larry moved to Maryland in 1989. While in Maryland, they adopted two children from Ethiopia. In 2000, desiring to be closer to their extended families, they moved back to the Pacific Northwest, this time to Portland, Oregon. Sara’s work has been divided between the retail industry and veterinary client care. She’s keenly aware of the impact on children who are separated, even temporarily, from a parent during their early years. For this reason, she’s proud that Straight Path can help families to find support and counseling to deal with this type of trauma.
Wesley grew up in Portland, Oregon. He attended Washington High, where he met Clarence. They have been close friends ever since. He received dual degrees in Business Administration and Administration of Justice from Portland State University. Over the years, Wesley has been a teamster, a life insurance and annuities salesman, a mill worker. He is currently an employee of the City of Vancouver Parks and Recreation.
Diana was raised in North Portland. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. She has 30 years of experience in banking, accounting and taxes, and is currently an office manager/accountant at Cascade Business Support. Diana's devotion to the cause of Christ has led her to support the mission of Straight Path to help change the lives of the community for the better.