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Meet the Mayor's Team

Kristin Dennis

Chief of Staff

kristin.dennis@portlandoregon.gov

CURRENT ROLE:  Chief of Staff

PAST:  Former Policy Director and then Chief of Staff for Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. Legislative Assistant to Oregon State Senator Richard Devlin. Law Clerk for Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost. Legal Intern at San Diego Unified School District. Elected to the Lake Oswego City Council at the age of 22 from 2007 to 2010, and served as Council President in 2010. Special Projects Manager at Denton Plastics, Inc. Member of the Oregon State Bar, law degree from University of San Diego School of Law, Managing Editor of San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law.

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Herico Aiten

Constituent Services Specialist

herico.aiten2@portlandoregon.gov

PAST: Constituent Services and Administrative Support 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: Constituent Services Specialist for the mayor and provides Administrative Support for the Office of Violence Prevention


Seraphie Allen

Senior Policy Advisor

seraphie.allen@portlandoregon.gov

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

timothy.becker@portlandoregon.gov

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

aja.blair@portlandoregon.gov

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

julia.comnes2@portlandoregon.gov

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

samuel.diaz@portlandoregon.gov

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. 


Nicole Grant

Director of Policy

nicole.grant@portlandoregon.gov

CURRENT ROLE:  I guide and manage the Mayor’s team of Senior Policy Advisors, Policy Advisors, and Policy Interns, playing a lead role in the development and implementation of the Mayor’s policy agenda.

PAST:  Senior Policy Advisor for Office of Mayor Ted Wheeler. Office of Mayor Charlie Hales (Policy Analyst). Columbia Law School (J.D.), Yale University (B.A.) 


Nike Greene

Director, Office of Youth Violence Prevention

nike.greene@portlandoregon.gov

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

jim.middaugh@portlandoregon.gov

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

zachary.kearl@portlandoregon.gov

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

robert.king@portlandoregon.gov

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

asena.lawrence2@portlandoregon.gov

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

Intern

matthew.palmer@portlandoregon.gov

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

allison.prasad@portlandoregon.gov

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

sonia.schmanski@portlandoregon.gov

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

adam.thompson@portlandoregon.gov

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

angela.tran@portlandoregon.gov

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

khanh.tran@portlandoregon.gov

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

mustafa.washington@portlandoregon.gov

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

amanda.watson@portlandoregon.gov

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).


Tia Williams

Senior Policy Advisor

tia.williams@portlandoregon.gov

CURRENT ROLE:  I help coordinate the Mayor's housing and transportation policies and am a liaison with the Portland Housing Bureau. I also oversee and manage City Council meetings and am the Mayor’s lead on conversations about reinvestment.

PAST:  Office of Multnomah Commissioner Vega Pederson (Policy Director), Office of Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman (Policy Director), Oregon State Legislature, Boys and Girls Club. Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Media Studies from Willamette University.