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PSC Members

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Brief bios for current Planning and Sustainability Commission members.

Eli Spevak (Chair), Owner, Orange Splot LLC term ends 5/31/2023 (first full term)

  • Founder, Orange Splot, LLC, with a mission to pioneer new models of community-oriented, affordable, green housing developments in Portland
  • Managed the finance and construction of over 250 units of affordable housing through community-based non-profit organizations
  • Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University; Physics degree from Swarthmore College
  • Volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, Dignity Village
  • http://www.orangesplot.net/ 

Ben Bortolazzo (Vice Chair), Partner, Director of Planning & Design, OTAK term ends 5/31/2025 (last full term)

  • Global experience as design professional in Europe, Middle East and United States
  • Congress for New Urbanism Associate Member (2003 - present)
  • Woodstock Land Use Committee Co-Chair (2015-present)

Steph Routh (Vice Chair), Principal, Steph Routh & Team term ends 5/31/2023 (first full term)

  • Former (first) Executive Director of Oregon Walks.
  • Former Communications and Marketing Manager for the Community Cycling Center.
  • Has been a member of numerous Portland boards and committees including the Jade District Policy & Equity Committee, ODOT Region 1 Area Commission on Transportation, and the PBOT Budget Advisory Committee.

Jeff Bachrach, Land Use Attorney, Bachrach Law term ends 5/31/2025 (last full term)

  • Land use and real estate lawyer
  • Legal counsel for HBA (1984-86)
  • Real Estate Advisory Committee for Central City Concern
  • HAP/Home Forward board (2002-11); chair 2007-10
  • PSC representative to the Portland Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC)
  • Previous: REACH CDC, Commercial Real Estate Economic Coalition, the Home Builders Association, and the Chapman Elementary School Foundation board member
  • http://www.bachrachlaw.com/

Johnell Bell, Director of Diversity and Transit Equity, TriMet term ends 5/31/2025 (firstfull term)

Johnell has a strong history of creating more equitable outcomes for communities of color and notes our built environment must reflect our values of inclusion and diversity, with public process being accessible and inclusive. Johnell is a co-founder of a non-profit with a mission to increase educational attainment for Black community members, and he’s served the City previously on the Auditor’s Committee on Benchmark Analysis and Mayor Potter’s taskforce that created the Human Relations Commission.

Jessica Gittemeier (Youth Commissioner), Student, Lewis and Clark Law School2-year term ending 12/31/2022

  • PSC Youth Member (one 2-year term)
  • Northwestern Environmental Defense Center
  • Food and Agriculture Law Society
  • Previous intern with the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Katie Larsell, Executive Director, Oregon Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice term ends 5/31/2023 (first full term)

  • East Portland advocate
  • Member of the Portland Budget Advisory Committee
  • Previous co-chair of the East Portland Action Plan
  • Previous member of Portland 2030 Bicycle Master Plan Steering Committee
  • Served 8 years on the Parkrose School Board (3 years as Vice-Chair, 3 years as Chair)
  • Previous career as an industrial engineer

Oriana Magnera, Climate and Energy Policy Coordinator, Verde term ends 5/31/2023 (first full term)

  • Climate and energy policy coordinator at Verde.
  • On the board of the Oregon Solar Energy Association and the Energy Trust of Oregon Renewble Advisory Council and member of the National Association for Climate Resiliency Planners.
  • Previously worked at the Northwest Energy Coalition.
  • Involvement with the work of Portland for Everyone.

Valeria McWilliams, Regional Housing Analyst, Metro term ends 5/31/2025 (first full term)

  • Metro regional housing analyst
  • City of Milwaukie’s first Housing and Economic Development Coordinator
  • Community Involvement Committee member

Gabe Sheoships, Executive Director, Friends of Tryon Creek term ends 5/31/2025 (first full term)

Erica Thompson, Associate, Hennebery Eddy Architects term ends 5/31/2025 (first full term)

Erica's perspective is shaped by a broad range of career and volunteer experiences that go beyond architecture – with common threads of these experiences being a commitment to environmental stewardship and a strong belief in building more equitable and just communities. Her work experience includes commercial, mixed-use, housing, and non-profit projects, and she has previous experience in energy efficiency consulting. Erica has a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and is dedicated to fostering a collaborative process based on listening and engagement, which is exactly what the PSC aims to do.

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