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PSC Members

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 5/31/2021 (first 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 5/31/2021 (first 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/

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

Mike Houck, Executive Director, Urban Greenspaces Institute term ends 5/31/2021 (last term)

  • 47 years of work promoting the integration of the built and natural environments in the Portland-Vancouver region
  • Founded the Urban Naturalist program at Portland Audubon Society of Portland in 1982 and co-founded the Coalition for a Livable Future in 1994 to better integrate urban conservation with social justice and equity issues
  • Co-founded and serves on the board of The Intertwine Alliance (www.theintertwine.org) which is dedicated to creating a world-class park, trail, and natural area system for the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region
  • Co-editor of Wild in the City, A Guide to Portland's Natural Areas (2000) and Wild in the City, Exploring The Intertwine released by OSU Press in the fall of 2011
  • Recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for his work by the National Garden Club of America, Frances K. Hutchinson Medal; City of Heidelberg Germany’s Award for Environmental Excellence; and was recognized with Portland State University’s Urban Pioneer Award
  • https://urbangreenspaces.org/about/staff/

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

Katherine Schultz, Director, ArchitectGBD Architects term ends 5/31/2021 (first full term)

  • Work includes master planning projects; community design code standards; creation of ecodistricts
  • Previous Lake Oswego to Portland CAC advisor
  • Previous CC2035 Plan West Quadrant SAC co-chair
  • Previous Portland Design Commission member
  • AIA Women in Architecture Committee
  • 2017 Portland Business Journal Women of Influence award
  • http://www.gbdarchitects.com/who-we-are/

Chris Smith, Interactive Marketing, Xerox term ends 5/31/2021 (last term)

  • Experience with planning efforts from the neighborhood through the regional levels
  • Leadership experience on a variety of boards and committees including extensive transportation/multi-modal-related committee work
  • Internet Technologist, Xerox Interactive Marketing — responsible for internet technology for customer-facing web sites, lead Agile software development process to support these sites
  • Member of City of Portland Budget Advisory Committee
  • http://chrissmith.us/


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