Brief bios for current PSC members
Eli Spevak (Chair), Owner, Orange Splot LLC
- 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
Ben Bortolazzo (Vice Chair), Partner, Director of Planning & Design, OTAK
- 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), Consultant
- 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
- 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
Mike Houck, Executive Director, Urban Greenspaces Institute
- 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
Katie Larsell, Ministerial Advisor, Oregon Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice
- 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
- 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.
Katherine Schultz, Director, Architect, GBD Architects
- 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
Chris Smith, Interactive Marketing, Xerox
- 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