2020 - 2023 Strategic Plan

Portland Business Alliance Strategic Plan

Dear Alliance Members and Greater Portland Community,

Since the inception of our region’s chamber of commerce 150 years ago, this organization has proudly, and unabashedly, advocated on behalf of our dynamic employer community.

The organization’s historic resiliency and adaptation to meet the changing needs of businesses and the communities where they operate are characteristics that have proven to deliver long-term value. At the dawn of the new millennium, two organizations, the Association for Portland Progress, and the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, formed into one. In 2018, at the height of an historic economic expansion and the hiring of new leadership, our organization launched a concerted effort to ask staff, directors, partners, and members the question, “who are we?” and “who do we want to be?” Today, the Portland Business Alliance, greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to share with our community our vision and strategic plan, representing yet another evolution to meet the needs of the times.

This strategic plan is the result of more than 18 months of inclusive and collaborative work, and countless hours of introspection and engagement across a broad base of stakeholders.

As we prepare to implement this plan, our region is experiencing the worst public health and economic crisis to strike our region, and world, since the Great Depression. While the scope and scale of the current crisis is still unfolding, the need to have a crystal-clear vision chartered to navigate this generation’s most notable challenge is paramount.

Embedded in this plan is the commitment to place equity at the heart of what we do. We recognize that the history of our region and state have unquestioningly placed communities of color at a disadvantage relative to their white peers. It is incumbent on the business community to build a better economy rooted in providing opportunity for all, especially those who have been marginalized in the past.

Our themes of resiliency, rebuilding and recovery are designed to anchor our work together to repair the economic damage wrought from the global pandemic.

This is a living document. Our members and staff will bring it to life with action and hold ourselves accountable to its outcomes.

Thank you to those who participated in its creation. We look forward to working together toward a brighter future for all.


Richelle Luther
Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee
Board Secretary
Portland Business Alliance
SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer
Columbia Sportswear

Andrew Hoan
President & CEO
Portland Business Alliance

2020-2023 Strategic Plan + Equity Awareness voted and adopted by Portland Business Alliance Board of Directors, May 13, 2020

This is designed to be a living document that to guide the work for the Portland Business Alliance in a concurrent and holistic way as we navigate what's ahead.

To create opportunity and advance well-being for all who live and work in the greater Portland and SW Washington region.

A healthy and resilient business ecosystem 



We support access, opportunity, and advancement for all people.  We recognize unfair bias and historic discrimination, and work to eliminate barriers.

We embrace connectivity and work together respectfully to drive solutions.

We meet setbacks with openness to listening, learning and adaptation.

We give the honest answer. We do what we say we will.

We are accessible, active, and visible to the community.

These priorities will drive the organization in support of those we impact to enhance Resiliency during the crisis, aid in Rebuilding, and collaborate to advance our region’s Recovery.

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Download PDF - 2020-2023 Strategic Plan

2018-2020 Participants


  • Vanessa Surgeon (Chair), President & CEO, TMT Development

  • Mike Golub President of Business Operations, Portland Timbers Soccer (Chair Elect)

  • Jack Isselmann, SVP/External Affairs & Programs, The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (Treasurer)

  • Richelle Luther, SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Columbia Sportswear (Secretary)

  • Dave Robertson, VP Public Policy, Portland General Electric (Chair Emeritus)

  • Mark Schlesinger, Partner/Senior Property Manager, Schlesinger Companies

  • Stacey Dodson, Market President, Portland and SW Washington, U.S. Bank

  • Will Rasmussen, Partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

  • John Maher, President, Oregonian Media Group

  • Diane Economaki, President, Fuze7 Marketing

  • Janet Campbell, VP and Chief of Staff, Cambia Health Solutions

  • Deborah Herron, Director Public Affairs & Government Relations, Walmart

  • Chris Oxley, Senior VP, General Manager of Rose Quarter Operations

  • Alando Simpson, VP, City of Roses Disposal & Recycling, Inc.

  • Mark Anderson, Client Account Manager / Buildings & Infrastructure, Jacobs

  • Peter Andrews, Executive VP of Brokerage, Melvin Mark Companies

  • Art Avitia, SVP & Senior Relationship Manager, Bank of America

  • Jules Bailey, Chief Stewardship Officer & Director of External Affairs, Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative

  • Brett Baker, General Manager, Austin Industries

  • Scott Bolton, Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Customer Solutions, Pacific Power

  • Julia Brim-Edwards, Senior Director, Global Strategies & Operations, Government & Public Affairs, Nike, Inc.

  • Frank Burkhartsmeyer, Senior Vice President & CFO, NW Natural

  • Ana Chaud, CEO & Founder, 360 Advisory

  • David Chown, Vice President, Chown Hardware

  • Dick Clark, CEO, The Portland Clinic

  • Andrew Colas, President, Colas Construction Inc.

  • Ralph Cole, Director, Equity Strategy & Portfolio Management, Ferguson Wellman

  • Graciela Cowger, CEO, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

  • Nima Darabi, Vice President, Hoffman Construction Company

  • Lisa Decker, SVP / Market Manager - Portland Alpha Media

  • Jeff Deltrick, VP Oregon Division Swire Coca Cola

  • Troy Dickson, SVP - Oregon Manager, Howard S. Wright

  • Chris Elsenbach, Managing Director, JLL

  • Dan Field, Executive Director, Community Health & External Affairs, Kaiser Permanente

  • Jim Francesconi, VP of Public Policy, Moda Health

  • Liz Fuller, President, Gard Communications

  • Bret Gelber, Managing Director - CFO & Enterprise Value, Accenture Strategy

  • Jessica Getman, President, Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance

  • Patrick GIlligan, EVP - Pacific Northwest, Lincoln Property Co.

  • Matt Goodman, VP, Downtown Development Group

  • George Granger, President, AT&T Oregon

  • Dave Hansen, Market Regional Manager, SVP, Columbia Bank

  • James Harker, Chief Strategy Officer - Oregon, Providence Health & Services

  • Jared Holum, President, Perkins & Co., PC

  • Michael Hurley, President Middle Market Banking, Oregon and SW Washington, JPMorgan Chase

  • Albena Ingalsbe, General Manager, Century Link

  • Alisa Johnston, VP/Business Banking Manager, Wells Fargo

  • Tony Kopki, VP, Commercial, PacificSource

  • Donald L. Krahmer, Jr., Shareholder/Partner, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, PC
    Dana Krawczuk, Attorney, Stoel Rives

  • Victoria Lara, CEO, Lara Media Services LLC

  • Tim Leavitt, Director, SW WA Operations, OTAK

  • Michael Liu, Financial Officer, Fubonn Shopping Center

  • Jill Mackie, SVP, Public Affairs, Vigor Industrial

  • Courtney Martin, Global Public Affairs, Intel Corporation

  • Sara Leigh Medley, Director, Risk Assurance, PricewaterhouseCoopers

  • Deirdre Molander, Strategic Business Development, Precision Castparts Corp.


  • Brian Rice, Managing Director/Business Banking, First Republic Bank

  • Steve Roselli, SVP/Regional Manager, Harsch Investment Properties

  • Peter Saba, SVP, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Schnitzer Steel

  • Abby Sears, CEO & President, OCHIN

  • David Shotwell, EVP, Chief Credit Officer, Umpqua Bank

  • David Thompson, General Council, Sentia Wellness

  • Tamara Uppendahl, VP, Philanthropy Centralized Services, Legacy Health

  • Caleb Weaver, Public Affairs, US West, Uber Technologies, Inc.

  • Michelle Weisenbach, President, Oregon & SW Washington, KeyBank

  • Craig Wessel, Publisher, Portland Business Journal

  • Charles Wilhoite, Managing Director, Willamette Management Associates


  • Mike Andreasen, VP, University Advancement, University of Oregon

  • Kimberly Branam, Executive Director, Prosper Portland

  • Mike Hand, Dean & Professor of APplied Statistics & IS, Willamette University

  • Doug Kelsey, General Manager, TriMet

  • Kristen Leonard, Chief Public Affairs Officer, Port of Portland

  • Jeff Miller, President & CEO, Travel Portland

  • Matt Miller, Interim President & CEO, Greater Portland Inc.

  • Mark Mitsui, President, Portland Community College

  • Nag Naganathan, President, Oregon Institute of Technology

  • Skip Newberry< President and CEO, TEchnology Association of Oregon

  • Stephen Percy, Interim PResident, Portland State University

  • Courtney Posey, General Manager, Nordstrom

  • Andrew Schpak, Co-Managing Partner, Barran Liebman

  • Connie Seeley, Chief Administrative Officer, OHSU

  • Rachel Solataroff, President and CEO, Central City Concern

  • Karly Tarslia, Assistant Account Executive, LANE, A Finn Partner

  • Madeline Turnock, Strategic Communications & Partnerships Advisor, Concordia University


  • Scott Andrews, President, Melvin Mark Companies

  • Jackie Babicky-Peterson, CFO, Babicky Performance Partners LLC

  • Ron Beltz, Real Estate Investor

  • Own Blank, Partner, Tonkin Torp LLP

  • Marty Brantley, L. Martin Brantley

  • Samuel Brookes, CEO, OAME

  • Mark Dodson

  • Sho Dozono

  • Stuart Hall

  • Roger Hinshaw, Market President, Oregon & SW Washington, Commercial Market Executive, Pacific Northwest

  • Steven Holwerda, COO, Ferguson Wellman Capital Management, Inc.

  • Mitchell Hornecker

  • J.E Isaac, CFM Strategic Communications

  • ED Jensen

  • Philip Kalberer, President, Kalberer Company

  • Gregg Kantor

  • Debbie Kitchin, PRincipal, INterworks LLC

  • Jim Mark, CEO, Melvin Mark Companies

  • Randy Miller, President, Produce Row Property Management Co.

  • Kenneth Novack

  • Judy Peppier

  • Pat Prendergast

  • Dennis Rawlinson, Firm Chair, Miller Nash LLP

  • Dave Robertson, VP Public Policy, Portland General Electric

  • Jim Rudd, CEO, Ferguson Wellman Capital Management

  • Henry (Hank) Swigert

  • Charles Wilhoite, Managing Director, Willamette Management Associates


  • Richelle Luther (Chair), SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Columbia Sportswear Co.

  • *Alando Simpson, VP, City of Roses Disposal & Recycling, Inc.

  • Bob Berkey, Managing Director, Accenture-Portland Metro

  • Chad Paulson, SVP, General Counsel & Secretary at Blount

  • Dave Hansen, SVP, Market Regional Manager, Columbia Bank

  • Dave Robertson, VP Public Policy, Portland General Electric

  • Deborah Herron, Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Walmart

  • Diane Economaki, President, Fuze7 Marketing

  • Dick Clark, CEO, The Portland Clinic

  • *DJ Wilson, President and General Manager KGW Media Group

  • *Eric Murfitt, Controller, Mercantile

  • *Jill Mackie, SVP, Public Affairs, Vigor Industrial, LLC

  • Jim Mark, CEO, Melvin Mark Companies

  • *Leslie Garcia, Assistant Chief Diversity Officer, OHSU

  • Mark Mitsui, President, Portland Community College

  • Mark Schlesinger, Partner/Senior Project Manager, Schlesigner Companies

  • Michelle Weisenbach, Market President, Oregon & SW Washington, Keybank

  • Mike Golub, President, Business Operations, Portland Timbers Soccer

  • *Skip Newberry, President & CEO, Technology Association of Oregon

  • Vanessa Sturgeon, President & CEO, TMT Development

  • Will Rasmussen, Partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP 


  • Andrew Hoan, Chief Executive Officer

  • Amy Lewin, VP, Strategic Communications

  • Ariana Alejandres, Senior Director, Finance & Operations

  • Ashleen McGirk, Coordinator, Membership Relations Management

  • Ashley Odil, Director, Events & Sponsorships

  • Becca McCulloch, Coordinator, Events & Small Business

  • Benjamin Forstag, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships

  • Bill Sinnott, Director, Downtown Clean & Safe

  • Boubacar Traore, Coordinator, Accounting

  • Dorothy Chongkit, Administrative Assistant - Partners in Diversity

  • Erin Bothwell, Coordinator, Administration

  • Hillary Patterson, Director, Leadership Programs

  • Jon Isaacs, VP, Government Affairs

  • Josiah Erickson, Sidewalk Ambassador (Clean & Safe)

  • Justin Peters, Coordinator, Programs - Partners in Diversity

  • Kae Zariwny, Legal Assistant, Downtown District Attorney (Clean & Safe)

  • Karen Van Vleck, Executive Assistant & Board LIason

  • Katie Mongue, Senior Graphic Designer

  • Kiley WIlson, Coordinator, Government Affairs

  • Kristina Chung, Marketing Assistant (C&S)/Comms. Coordinator (PiD)

  • Lisa Frisch, Director, Downtown Retail Programs

  • Mari Watanabe, Executive Director - Partners in Diversity

  • Maria Isabel Ellis, Director, Federal Affairs & Executive Director, PNITA

  • Maureen Fisher, VP, Downtown Services & Executive Director, Clean & Safe

  • Nnenna Lewis, Human Resource Generalist

  • Rachael Arnold, Communications & Media Specialist

  • Sandra Butler, Senior Coordinator, Events

  • Sandra Kaufman, Senior Executive, Accounts

  • Shay Peterson, Coordinator, Marketing & Communications

  • Stephanie Egbers, HR Business Partner, Xenium

  • Taylor Van Lanigham, Lead, Sidewalk Ambassador (Clean & Safe)


  • PBA Members

  • Electeds

  • Nonprofit affiliates

  • Community leaders

  • Regional business association leaders

  • Policy makers


  • Sophia Tzeng, Principal and Project Lead

  • Alexis Braly-James, Equity Advisor

  • Tommy Day, Operations Specialist

  • Stacey Heath, Organizational Development

  • Nancy Monsarrat, Strategist and Brand Builder

  • Tamara Kennedy-Hill, Systems Thinker and Equity Advisor

  • Sarah Waters, Photographer

  • Mark Wheeler, Associate