2020-2023 Strategic Plan

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

In 2018, at the height of a historic economic expansion and the hiring of new leadership, our organization launched a concerted effort to ask members, partners, directors and staff the question, “who are we?” and “who do we want to be?” The Portland Business Alliance is pleased to share with the community our strategic plan, representing yet another evolution to meet the needs of the times.

In June 2020, greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce, the Portland Business Alliance unveiled the adoption of a new strategic plan. Embedded in the plan are themes of resiliency, rebuilding, and recovery with a foundational value of equity.

The Portland Business Alliance engaged ASCETA to support this significant work to develop its strategic plan while cultivating equity awareness through two phases. 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, that included: our members and staff, elected leaders, nonprofit affiliates, community leaders and regional business association leaders.

The global health pandemic and its impact on Alliance members and stakeholders, the greater community, and regional economic health is already significant and promises to extend beyond the term of this strategic plan. As a result, a theme emerged to help drive us to enhance RESILIENCY during the crisis, aid in REBUILDING and collaborate to advance our region's RECOVERY.

Mission and Vision

Core Values

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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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Strategic Planning Committee:

Richelle Luther, 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, 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, former 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 

* active in 2018-19 planning



  • 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.

  • 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


  • 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