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Prior to joining the Alliance, Andrew was president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Before his tenure at the Brooklyn Chamber, he served in the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President where he directed capital spending and economic development policy. Andrew moved to New York through participation in a national service year as an AmeriCorps VISTA, helping indigent New Yorkers seek free civil legal help, and went on to develop corporate programming for the largest provider of homeless services in New York City, Volunteers of America.
Andrew was an appointee to several agencies and authorities throughout his career, and currently serves on Mayor Ted Wheeler’s Council of Economic Advisors, Metro Council President Lynn Peterson’s President’s Council, All Hands Raised board of directors, Oregon Business & Industry board of directors, Multnomah County’s Preschool for All Taskforce, and serves as co-chair of Commissioner JoAnn Hardesty’s Small Business Committee, treasurer of the Portland Economic Investment Corporation’s board of directors, and professional advisor for Travel Portland. He holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Wisconsin and a masters in urban planning from New York University.
A Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, his wife, Karina, is a doctor at Portland Clinic and they live with their sons, Theo and Rocco, in Northwest Portland.
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Originally from “big sky country” Montana, Maureen Fisher has called Oregon home for more than 30 years. She began her career in media sales and management while pursuing a degree in Business/Marketing at Portland State University. Maureen has held various leadership roles in organizations such as KGW TV, KPTV/FOX, the Portland Trail Blazers, Comcast Spotlight and SOLVE.
Maureen resides in Portland with her husband, Mike, and their 20 year-old daughter, Annie, who is a student at the University of Portland. Maureen enjoys traveling, reading, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
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Prior to joining Uber in 2016, Jon served as the chief of communications and public affairs for Portland Public Schools (PPS) from 2012 to 2016. Prior to PPS, he spent more than 16 years working for and advising Democratic candidates, elected officials, and progressive nonprofit advocacy organizations in national, state and local leadership roles.
Recognized as one of the top political strategists in the Pacific Northwest, from 2004 to 2009, Jon served as senior policy advisory, campaign manager and state director for House Minority Leader, House Speaker and now United States Senator Jeff Merkley. As executive director of the Oregon House Democrats’ Campaign Committee, Jon engineered the first Democratic majority in the Oregon house in nearly two decades in 2006. He followed this up by managing Jeff Merkley’s historic election to the US Senate in 2008. Following his time with Merkley, Jon served as executive director of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters from 2009 to 2011.
Jon graduated from Oregon State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He currently serves on the Advocacy Committee for the Technology Association of Oregon and the Equality PAC Board of Directors for Basic Rights Oregon. Jon is an active volunteer coach for Portland youth futsal and SE Portland Little League. Jon lives in Portland, OR with his two healthy, active sons, Jay, 12, and Sam, 7.
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Amy's heart is in helping Portland become a thriving place for everyone to live, work and play. She currently serves as PTA President at Cleveland High School in southeast Portland. In 2016 she was awarded Portland Public Schools' Superintendent's Volunteer of the Year award.
Amy's community service also includes Portland's Central City 2035 Advisory Group, Portland Parks Bureau Budget Advisory Committee, Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood Development Association, Friends of Piccolo Park, Friends of Hosford Field, Division Street Main Street Project, and others.
Though she grew up on a farm in the Willamette Valley, Amy now enjoys living in southeast Portland with her husband (who runs his own business), daughter and friendly yellow lab.
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Prior to joining the Alliance, Mari worked for more than 20 years in the apparel industry before moving to the nonprofit sector. She also worked as the executive director for Oregon Nikkei Endowment, a Japanese American history and culture nonprofit organization.
Mari graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Washington State University and spent one year studying as a foreign exchange student at Japan University, before moving to Portland in 2000. Appointed by former Governor John Kitzhaber in May of 2011, she has served on the Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs for six years, the last two as chair-person. Along with her work on the commission, she currently serves on the Cultural Coalition of Washington County board, the National Veterans Network board, U.S.-Japan Council Regional Vice-Chair plus several other committees. Mari past service includes the Beaverton Diversity Advisory board, the Executive Development Institute Board and Portland Taiko Board. In her spare time, she enjoys golfing, biking, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
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Ariana earned her Master in Business Administration from Concordia University and her bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University where she studied accounting. Outside of the office, Ariana and her husband enjoy cooking and outdoor grilling, tackling home do-it-yourself projects, cheering on their son’s little league team, and spending time with family and friends.
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Ben has a professional background in business development, organizational management, communications, marketing, and technology integration. Prior to joining the Alliance, he was the managing director of Mac’s List, a Portland-based talent recruitment website, and a communications professional in the nonprofit health care sector.
Ben has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in political science, both from American University in Washington, D.C. He spends his free time gardening and chasing his kids around Portland’s Rose City Park neighborhood. And, even after 40 years of heartbreak, he’s still an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians.
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Prior to working at the Alliance, Ashleen lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Women’s Business Center of Utah to increase visibility of entrepreneurial services to women in Utah. She has worked in County Elections and study abroad.
Her favorite accomplishments are winning her 2nd grade spelling bee and completing a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017. Ashleen has a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and political science and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration from Portland State University.
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Dorothy attended West Valley College and enjoys Art History and American Literature, two subjects she holds dear since college.
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Tracey is very involved in her community. In 2014, she co-founded API Forward, a volunteer-run nonprofit dedicated to the education, leadership development and advancement of Asians and Pacific Islanders. She also served three years on the board of directors of the Public Relations Society of America Oregon Chapter. She continues to support PRSA through her involvement in the chapter’s diversity and inclusion committee.
She maintains her sanity by practicing yoga almost daily, hiking, snowshoeing, playing tennis and curling up on the couch with her lap cat, Tilly. She also organizes a monthly book club.
Prior to working at the Alliance, Nnenna held several roles at Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI), including in-school service coordinator, health & wellness instructor and recreation coordinator. Nnenna holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Lewis & Clark College. In her free time, she enjoys travel, art and culture activities, volunteering and spending time with her family.
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Prior to working at the Alliance, Becca spent three years at Domaine Serene Winery, where she led high-end wine tastings and tours, and walked away with an excellent wine collection. She has also worked for the National MS Society and Nordstrom, on and off for years, both in Oregon and Minnesota.
Becca earned a degree in 2006 from the University of Oregon, majoring in English literature. Today, she remains a voracious reader, though audio books are now her go-to, and can be found at University of Oregon football games (Go Ducks!) every fall. In her free time, Becca is an avid outdoor runner, logging many miles and races. She also enjoys buying way too many clothes, spending time exploring Portland and beyond, and loves being with her family and friends.
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Chase has a background is commercial real estate and is excited to advocate for downtown retail vitality. In 2009, Chase started his real estate career with CBRE after to moving to Portland with his future wife, Jenna. His focus on retail started when he joined Pate Retail Properties in 2014, where he worked with smaller retail tenants.
Chase was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Since moving to Portland, Chase and his wife got married, bought a house, rescued two dogs and gave birth to their son in 2017. Portland has become their home and they love the access to the beach, mountains and rivers, as well as the breweries, wineries and fantastic diversity of first-class food.
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Before joining the Alliance, Sommer was the Communications Manager at The Street Trust. She has over 15+ years of nonprofit experience ranging from education, retail, healthcare, affordable housing, and transportation.
Sommer has a BS in Mass Communications + Theater from Tennessee State University and a MS of Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon. In her free time, she enjoys directing and producing films, writing feature-length screenplays (horror), and volunteering for humanitarian efforts.
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Sydney’s has a diverse background of entrepreneurship, non-profit, and corporate leadership. She is the founder of locally based startup, Habitate, LLC, a boutique property management firm managing specializing in residential, commercial, and vacation home rental. She is also the owner and founder of Gone West PDX, a retail store off SE Division. Prior to this she was the Director of Events and Natural Capital Center Program Manager for Ecotrust, and has also worked as the Director of Operations and Sales Manager for the Governor Hotel (now Sentinel Hotel) and the Mark Spencer Hotel.
Sydney went to Portland State University and in her spare time spends time hiking forest park with her husband and dogs, remodeling her home in SE Portland, and hanging out with her backyard bees.
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Katie graduated from Portland State University in 2001 with a degree in graphic design. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling and spending time with her niece.
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Prior to the Alliance, Ashley was the director of development, Law Enforcement Torch Run at Special Olympics Oregon where she worked with law enforcement agencies around the state on fundraising and awareness raising events.
Ashley earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Oregon State University, and has been actively involved in politics and event management since graduation. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors through hiking, camping, and boating and traveling the world.
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Hillary moved from Georgia to Portland to attend Reed College, then relocated to Austin, Texas, where she worked with MS and PhD students at the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business. Her most recent UT position was Senior Program Manager for the Master of Science in Business Analytics. Hillary was the first staff member hired to this innovative program, which was ranked No. 3 globally after Carnegie Mellon and MIT at the start of its third year. She returned to Portland in 2017, and worked for the Catlin Gabel School before joining the Alliance.
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Shay was born and raised in the Midwest but has discovered a strong love for the Pacific Northwest. She received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor in accounting from the University of Mary in December 2017. Prior to working for the Alliance, Shay worked for the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC in North Dakota as the Membership Engagement Director where she found her passion for the Chamber of Commerce world. In her free time, Shay is an avid hiker and photographer.
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Amy has a professional background in policy development, nonprofit work and electoral politics. Prior to joining PBA, she served on Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's staff in various capacities, first at City Hall where she focused primarily on sustainability and land use policy before subsequently moving to direct his campaign for re-election as the Mayor's campaign manager.
Amy grew up in Portland and completed her Bachelor's degree from Portland State University in political science and civic leadership before moving to Washington, D.C. to earn a Master's from American University in political communication. An Ann Arbor, Michigan native, Amy is an avid Detroit Red Wings fan. She competes in CrossFit and loves hiking and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her border collie, River.
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Prior to joining Partners in Diversity, Faith worked at the OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion as the Summer Equity Research program coordinator. Faith also founded a nonprofit organization in 2018, WO:KE PDX, a community organization that promotes social responsibility and awareness through intercultural dialogue. Events are held quarterly.
Faith received a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from California State University Dominguez Hills. Faith hopes to further her education by obtaining a master's in Sports Psychology.
When not doing a million things, Faith enjoys cooking, thrifting, the outdoors and, spending time with her niece, nephews and family.
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Mark joined Downtown Portland Clean & Safe as the Director of Operations in February of 2021 where he helps with the necessary work to help achieve and maintain an attractive, clean, safe and inviting physical environment for the Downtown Clean and Safe program.
Mark spent the first half of his career working in a wide variety of law enforcement and investigative roles. Starting in federal law enforcement in San Diego, Mark then took a transfer to Portland where he met his now wife of 16 years the first day he arrived- a good move for sure. He transitioned to municipal police work for the City of Sherwood and later ran the Oregon Humane Agent program, a small law enforcement unit enforcing animal cruelty laws based on the Oregon Humane Society. These positions and the great variety of experiences came into play well when he became a Crime Prevention Program Coordinator for the City of Portland and worked on diverse and challenging chronic crime and public safety issues and locations. Mark worked for a little over a decade in almost every neighborhood and business district in the City. He partnered with many city, county, and non-profit organizations to facilitate community programs such as livability teams, neighborhood, and business crime prevention programs, and provided a host of public safety resource trainings to diverse community groups. Mark believes passionately in the power of building community and long-lasting and genuine relationships and partnerships.
Kae reviews and prepares case files on misdemeanor criminal cases in the downtown area for the Downtown DA. She also staffs the Downtown Security Network monthly meeting and maintains the Downtown Community Public Safety Office, working closely with the Alliance, the Portland Police Bureau and the DA's Office.