Welcome new team members

Welcome new team members

This fall we are excited to welcome four new team members! 

We are excited to welcome: Sommer Martin, Sydney Mead, and Amy Rathfelder

Sommer Martin, Director of Downtown Marketing

Sommer joins the team as the Director of Downtown Marketing where she develops and manages seasonal marketing campaigns designed to promote downtown attractions, businesses, amenities, events, experiences as well as parking garages and parking validation within the City of Portland’s designated market area. 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.


Sydney Mead, Director of Downtown Programs

Sydney joins the team as Director of Downtwon Programs. In her role where she oversees the Downtown Retail Strategy and related program work for the Downtown Portland Clean and Safe enhance services district. She is the founder of a 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. She has a diverse background in entrepreneurship, nonprofit, and corporate leadership. 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.


Amy Rathfelder, Director of Government Affairs

Amy joins the team as the Director of Government Affairs. In this role, she tracks and manages policy development impacting the Alliance and advocates policy positions that support PBA's larger goals and mission. 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.