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Meet the Mayor's Team

Herico Aiten

Administrative Communications Specialist


PAST: Constituent Services Specialist for the Office of Mayor Ted Wheeler, Constituent Services Specialist for the Office of City Commissioner Nick Fish. B.S in Social Science from Portland State University and a graduate from Reynolds High School.

CURRENT: I serve as the Office of Violence’s Administrative Communications Specialist. I also serve as Director Greene’s scheduler.

Seraphie Allen

Senior Policy Advisor


CURRENT ROLE: I advise the Mayor on policy related to human services, housing, cannabis, and education policy issues. I also serve as the Mayor’s liaison for issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community. 

PAST:  B.A. in English and Gender Studies from Lewis & Clark College.

Tim Becker

Public Information Officer


CURRENT ROLE:  Public Information Officer. I assist with handling and responding to media inquiries, external messaging and serve as a spokesperson for Mayor Ted Wheeler.

PAST:  Public Information Officer/Media Relations Specialist at TriMet. Emmy award winning reporter and anchor at KOIN-TV News, KPTV-TV News, KOMO-TV News, KSTU-TV News, KDRV TV News. I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA with a major in Communications and a minor in East Asian studies.

Aja Blair

Operations Manager and Executive Assistant to the Mayor


CURRENT ROLE: I serve as the Mayor’s Executive Assistant and Operations Manager, and I support the Communications Team with social media content. 

PAST:  Administrator at Mayapur Academy in West Bengal, India. Scheduler and Office Manager to Commissioner Nick Fish. B.A. in Arts & Letters from Portland State University

Julia Comnes

Communications Specialist


CURRENT ROLE: I assist with the Mayor’s communications team. 

PAST: Most recently I was Communications and Constituent Relations Coordinator for the office of Commissioner Nick Fish. Before that, I worked as a reporter for the Pamplin Media paper the Woodburn Independent and was an editorial intern at Willamette Week. I have a B.S. in journalism from the University of Oregon and am a graduate of Grant High School.

Samuel Diaz

Senior Policy Advisor


CURRENT ROLE: I help the Mayor's office connect with community, business, and nonprofit partners to help build our City back better. I help coordinate the Mayor's COVID-19 recovery and resiliency efforts and serve as a liaison to the Portland Housing Bureau (along with Tia Williams). 

PAST:  Developed, managed, and implemented community engagement strategies for 1000 Friends of Oregon to help pass Portland Metro’s Climate Smart Strategy, broaden and diversify the number of Oregonians participating in land use issues through the Land Use Leadership Initiative, and create public awareness and support for critical investments. Served Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in California, focusing on strategies to create equitable and sustainable communities and adapt to impacts related to climate change. Served as Program Manager for a conservation philanthropy, focusing on environmental issues in the American West. 

Ocean Eale

Constituent Services Specialist


CURRENT: I’m a Constituent Services Specialist. I process voicemails, manage Mayor Wheeler’s inbox and handle constituent cases.

PAST: Constituent Relations Specialist for the Office of City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. B.A. in German Studies and a Political Science minor from Lewis & Clark College.

Nike Greene

Director, Office of Youth Violence Prevention


CURRENT ROLE: Director, Office of Youth Violence Prevention

PAST: Director of Education and Community Engagement for Portland’5 Metro, Family & Community Engagement Coordinator-Roosevelt High School PPS, current Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Current Roosevelt High Girls Basketball Coach

Jim Middaugh

Director of Communications


CURRENT ROLE: Director of Communications

PAST: Communications director for Metro. Capital projects managers for Portland Parks and Recreation. Chief of staff to former Portland City Commissioner Erik Sten. City of Portland Science, Fish and Wildlife Division manager. Press director for the Environmental Defense Fund. Press secretary for U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio and Jim Weaver. BS in Journalism from the University of Oregon.

Zach Kearl

Policy Advisor


CURRENT ROLE:  I am a Hatfield Resident Fellow serving as a policy advisor on homelessness and urban camping impact programs.

PAST:  I am returning to the Portland Metro area after obtaining my M.P.A. from Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Robert King

Senior Policy Advisor


CURRENT ROLE:  Senior Public Safety Advisor

PAST:  After 27 years in the Portland Police Bureau, I retired in 2018 as Commander of North Precinct. Over the course of my career, I worked with community members and law enforcement colleagues to create a space for encouraging diverse groups of people to navigate their differences and work together. I worked on a variety of assignments throughout my career including serving as a patrol officer, SERT officer, detective, patrol supervisor, and as PPA President. After an eight month-long retirement, I returned to public service as a safety officer for the Bureau of Development Services. I graduated from Portland State University.

Asena Lawrence

Senior Policy Advisor


CURRENT ROLE: I serve as the project manager to the Mayor’s 19-point action plan. I am also the liaison to the City's Tribal Director and am the Mayor's lead on public utility issues.  

PAST: Senior Policy Director to Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish; longtime member of Commissioner Fish's Council office team (2014-2020). M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University.

Matthew Palmer



CURRENT: LGBT+ Community Engagement Intern

PAST: Legislative Assistant to Senator Gelser. Field Organizer for Team Oregon PAC. Graduated from the University of Iowa with a dual B.A. in Political Science and Ethics & Public Policy.

Allison S. Prasad, Ph.D.

Policy Manager, Office of Violence Prevention


CURRENT ROLE: Policy Manager, Office of Violence Prevention

PAST: People & Culture Analyst, Engagement Specialist, and Affirmative Action Aide within the Office of Management & Finance. Created the City of Portland’s Core Values: Anti-Racism, Equity, Transparency, Communication, Collaboration, and Fiscal Responsibility. B.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon, M.A. in Educational Policy and Leadership: Diversity Studies from The Ohio State University, and Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning: Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education from The Ohio State University. 

Sonia Schmanski

Deputy Chief of Staff


CURRENT ROLE:  Deputy Chief of Staff

PAST:  Chief of Staff to Commissioner Nick Fish 2015-2020, longtime member of Commissioner Fish’s Council office team. Northeast Portland native, Grant High School General, and proud Boston University Terrier.

Adam Thompson

Videographer / Web Content Manager


CURRENT ROLE:  I tell visual stories that showcase how the Mayor’s values and policies impact the community.

PAST:  Photojournalist at KOIN here in Portland. Photojournalist at KOLD in Tucson, AZ. Photojournalist at KDRV in Medford, OR.  A.A.S. – Television Production Technology – Mt. Hood Community College (2003)

Angela Tran

Business Operations Liaison


CURRENT ROLE: Business Operations Liaison to the Mayor’s Office.  Administrative Supervisor to the CAO’s Office, Business Operations Team. 

PAST:  Sr. Administrative Specialist at BOEC (Bureau of Emergency Communications). Executive Assistant/After School Program Coordinator at The International School.  Owner of My Brother’s Crawfish restaurant (current).

Khanh Tran

Policy Advisor


CURRENT ROLE: I support the Mayor’s Economic Impact Task Force and am a liaison with Prosper Portland.

PAST:  U.S. Army. B.A. in Sustainable Urban Development from University of Washington.

Mustafa Washington

Strategic Initiatives Manager


CURRENT ROLE:  I assist in implementing the Mayor’s legislative agenda, and manage policy staff projects.

PAST:  Executive Assistant to Mayor Charlie Hales. Warner Pacific University Masters of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership

Amanda Watson

Senior Policy Advisor


CURRENT: I serve as the Mayor’s point on climate and sustainability policy and as liaison to the Office of Management and Finance.

PAST: I previously served as a Program Coordinator at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and as a Policy Advisor for the Office of Mayor Ted Wheeler. My past experience focused on human rights, including at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and National Endowment for Democracy. Harvard Kennedy School (MPP), Georgetown University (BSFS).