Meet Commissioner Ryan's Team

Commissioner Ryan and office staff working on an organizational card project on a table together.

Kellie Torres


Chief of Staff

Kellie serves as Chief of Staff. She supports Commissioner Ryan’s leadership vision and sets the stage for strategic and productive work in his office. She has more than twelve years of experience as a development professional—raising millions of dollars for city government and non-profits while managing complex relationships and expectations. Kellie is an Indigenous Mexican woman focused on representation and equity in practice. She served as the Development Manager for Portland Parks & Recreation for over ten years, working closely with Commissioner Nick Fish. She also worked five years as Vice President of Strategic Planning for the education non-profit, All Hands Raised—led by Dan Ryan.  Kellie received a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Portland State University. 

Kellie is a self-proclaimed introvert and homebody—but will jump at any chance to adventure on Mexican beaches and desert landscapes.

Chariti Li Montez 


Houselessness Strategies Manager

Chariti previously served as Senior Advisor to Commissioner Ryan and as the liaison to the Bureau of Development Services and the Portland Housing Bureau, and currently serves as Project Manager for the Streets to Stability effort⁠—Chariti is leading Commissioner Ryan's effort to build six Safe Rest Villages. Chariti has worked for the City of Portland since 2010. Most recently she led the City’s food security efforts in response to COVID-19 and managed the Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Free For All programs, including Free Lunch + Play, Concerts and Movies in the Park, and the Washington Park Summer Festival. Chariti is passionate about the arts, equity, and placemaking.

Chariti enjoys earthen architecture, playing Mexican folk music, growing flowers, and spending time with friends and family in Mexico. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies from The Evergreen State College.

Brooke Gardner


Executive Operations and Budget Manager

Brooke serves as the Executive Operations and Budget Manager for Commissioner Ryan which includes managing the Commissioner’s calendar and development and implementation of the office’s systems. Brooke also manages the office’s budget process working closely with Chief of Staff, Kellie Torres. She is mission-driven and leads with a service-oriented mindset. Brooke has 11 years of experience working in executive offices, including non-profit and higher education, and has worked for the City of Portland since 2018. Their most recent position was with Portland Parks & Recreation where they served as Executive Assistant to the Director, worked in close collaboration with the bureau’s executive team, and managed the bureau’s advisory board.

Brooke has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Studies from Portland State University. They enjoy connecting with friends and family, bike rides, live music, sunsets in City parks, gardening, and camping.

Darion Jones


Constituent Relations Coordinator & Policy Advisor

Darion is driven by a passion and dedication to social justice. A commitment to leveling the field of opportunity so that all Oregonians can reach their full potential is what fuels him.

A tenured Oregonian, Darion believes having a strong network and support system to be essential to thrive in society today. Through his work, he feels empowered to give back to the communities that have supported him along the way.

Prior to joining Commissioner Ryan’s team, Darion served for nearly six years on the communications team at Meyer Memorial Trust—one of the largest private philanthropies in Oregon that commits its position, resources, and energies to dismantling barriers to equity and improving community conditions. Before Meyer, Darion worked on the communications team at Basic Rights Oregon. Following his passions for advocacy, social and racial justice, he has built community and fostered lasting change throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

A former board chair for Q Center Portland and Sankofa Collective Northwest (formerly PFLAG Portland Black Chapter), Darion currently serves as a board member of the University of Oregon’s Pride board, City Club of Portland’s Board of Directors, and host and creator of QTPOCTalk, a podcast focusing on the intersections of race, identity, and gender. Darion is also a fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon Class of XL.

Karen Guillén-Chapman


Senior Policy Advisor

Karen Guillén-Chapman serves as Senior Policy Advisor to Commissioner Ryan and is the liaison to the Bureau of Development Services and the Portland Housing Bureau. She has worked for the City of Portland since 2014. Most recently she held the position of Coordination Section Chief with the City’s Emergency Coordination Center during the City’s COVID-19 emergency response and was also a member of the Equity & Policy Development team at the Bureau of Development Services. Karen is passionate about community development, urban design & livability, placemaking, and the built environment.

Karen is a native Tica, hailing from the pura vida lands of Costa Rica. She has been a resident of N/NE Portland since 2005 and is also an alumna of PSU where she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration and urban and regional planning respectively. Some of her favorite places locally are public plazas and libraries around town.

Terri Theisen


Permit Improvement Strategy Manager

Terri serves as the Permit Improvement Strategy Manager. From homeowners making repairs to the new construction of affordable housing, Terri supports the Permit Improvement Task Force in its work to improve the delivery of efficient and streamlined development and review services for multiple stakeholders⁠. Terri has broad experience in nonprofit management with an emphasis on supporting networks of diverse stakeholders in thought partnership and collaboration to achieve measurable outcomes. She has worked for many organizations including Portland State University, Concordia University, the Portland Schools Foundation, and All Hands Raised. Most recently she has worked as a consultant focused on providing strategic guidance to organizations on building collaborative relationships, setting clear goals and objectives, and developing capabilities and capacity.

Terri has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Macalester College and a Master of Arts degree in History from Portland State University.

Terri enjoys trail running, has a passion for reading, and has recently started to dabble in mountain biking.

Laudie Porter


Constituent Relations Associate

Laudie serves as a Constituent Relations Associate for Commissioner Dan Ryan. As a lifelong Portlander, she is driven by a desire to improve and advocate for her local community. She served as a congressional intern within Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s office, where she got her initial taste and drive for working with and for constituents of the city of Portland. Laudie has worked for the past 4 years as a development professional for a wide variety of nonprofits, helping organizations ranging from SPOON to the Children’s Book Bank develop efficient database procedures and best practices to better serve their missions.

Laudie holds a double B.A from Carleton College in Northfield, MN in Psychology and Theater Arts. In her free time, she loves to attend local productions around town and make sure her two cats, Tao and Tulip, stay out of trouble.

Margaux Weeke


Communication Director & Senior Policy Advisor

Margaux serves as Commissioner Ryan’s Communication Director & Senior Policy Advisor. She manages media relations, external communications, and contributes to constituent relations and the City’s crisis communications efforts, and supports Commissioner Ryan with speechwriting and social media. Margaux has held a variety of social media, marketing, and communications roles across a spectrum of sectors. Most recently, Margaux served as Communications Director for former Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. Margaux received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Fordham University.

Margaux enjoys Dungeons & Dragons, true crime podcasts, Pacific Northwest winters, historical nonfiction, and long walks with her cats.