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.
Mark serves as Policy Director to Commissioner Ryan. In this role, he supports the Commissioner in crafting and enacting his policy agenda. Mark has worked in politics since 2012 in both Oregon and Montana. Most recently he ran Commissioner Ryan’s campaign, worked as Field Director on the 2018 Oregon Coordinated Campaign, completed a fellowship with the New Leaders Council Portland Chapter, and spent three consecutive sessions serving in the Oregon Legislature. Mark received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Montana State University.
Mark loves the mountains and is an avid backcountry snowboarder. In his spare time, he enjoys applying his medical knowledge as a professional ski patroller at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl.
(she, her, hers, ella)
Constituent Relations Specialist | Policy & Comms Advisor
Yesenia L. Carrillo serves as Constituent Relations Specialist and Policy & Communications Advisor to Commissioner Ryan and is the liaison to the Portland Children’s Levy. She uses her background in legal support, non-profit management, and local government to inform and address the concerns and questions received from community members. Yesenia is committed to identifying diverse issues impacting Portland community members at large and amplifying these to Commissioner Ryan and his colleagues. Prior to joining Commissioner Ryan’s office, Yesenia spent the last two years of her public service career supporting constituent and policy work with the Office of Commissioner Fritz. She is a graduate of Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, informed by her minor in Chicano/Latino Studies, and Law and Legal Studies.
Yesenia is a loyal fan of the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns and can be found cheering on her favorite soccer teams with her partner. In her free time, she also enjoys long urban walks and short nature hikes in and around the Portland area.
Operations Manager & Executive Assistant
Liz Colie Gadberry keeps operations running smoothly in Commissioner Ryan’s Office. She manages the Commissioner’s calendar and meeting requests and makes sure the Commissioner is where he needs to be when he needs to be there.
Born and raised in Portland, Liz is new to working for the City of Portland. Before joining Commissioner Ryan’s team, she worked for 9 years at Reed College, most recently as Special Assistant to the President. Prior to that Liz worked mostly for newspapers in the Bay Area and Portland. She is also a freelance writer and at one time, wrote a weekly restaurant column for the Portland Tribune.
Liz looks forward to helping Commissioner Ryan and his team make Portland an even better place for everyone who calls it home.
Liz has a BA and an MA in English Literature from the University of Oregon. She enjoys going to restaurants, baking, cooking, reading, exploring Portland neighborhoods, and spending time with family and friends.
Chariti Li Montez
Senior Advisor | Policy & Strategic Initiatives
Chariti serves as Senior Advisor to Commissioner Ryan and is the liaison to the Bureau of Development Services and the Portland Housing Bureau. 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.
Senior Strategist | Communications & Community Relations
Serving as Commissioner Ryan's Senior Strategist for Communications and Community Relations, Gwen’s focus is centered on media and community collaboration/storytelling. A long-term resident and homeowner in NE Portland, Gwen has for many years been engaged in community development and educational leadership, serving on the board of several local non-profit organizations such as Chess for Success and World Arts Foundation, Inc. Gwen holds a bachelors in Communications, Masters in Ethics and International Relations (political philosophy), and is completing her doctoral research in Ethics and Critical Thinking. For the past 3 years, she taught Ethics (Healthcare and Law) at Concordia University-Portland, while serving as the Program Manager for its' flagship program 3toPhD.
An art enthusiast, Gwen supports children’s arts programs and produced an annual children’s art show at Faubion Elementary. She enjoys gardening, interior design, and mentoring students in pursuit of their highest dreams.