Mayor Ted Wheeler today announced his appointment of Briannon Fraley as director of the City of Portland’s Office of Government Relations, where she will play a pivotal role in building relationships and leading advocacy on behalf of Portlanders. Fraley most recently served as Initiatives Director for the Wild Rivers Community Foundation in Crescent City, California, and brings public affairs experience and expertise. She will begin her new role on January 25th.
“Briannon’s track record of collaboration, priority-setting and community-building is the right combination to build partnerships and move Portland priorities forward,” Mayor Wheeler said. “She will join and lead an outstanding team of professionals and I am excited to work with her to advance our community’s priorities at the State and Federal level.”
Before joining the Wild Rivers Community Foundation, Fraley served for eight years as chief governance officer for the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation, also in Crescent City, California. In that role, Fraley was a strategic thought partner and advisor to the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation Tribal Council. She also represented the tribe in compact negotiations, inter-governmental agreements, committees, conferences, negotiations, summits and other related gatherings. “Briannon’s deep understanding of tribal governments and her experience building strong partnerships across jurisdictions is invaluable as we continue to grow the City’s Tribal Relations program,” Mayor Wheeler said.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve the people of Portland,” Fraley said. “I’ve spent my career in public service. Ever since I was a child I’ve been engaged in government and my community. My mother was the first-ever woman postmaster in Smith River, California. My aunt was the longest-serving tribal chair of the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation. Service runs deep in my family,” she said.
Fraley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University in 2004. She earned a Post Bachelor’s Degree in Native American Studies with an emphasis in tribal law and governance from Humboldt State University in 2009. In 2013, Fraley received the Native American 40 under 40 award from the National Center for American Enterprise Development for demonstrating leadership, initiative, and dedication to advancing her community. Fraley is the proud mom of four boys who are 10, six, four and almost three.
The Office of Government Relations represents the City on legislative and administrative issues at the regional, state, federal, tribal and international levels. Government Relations advances City policy goals and initiatives through effective advocacy to federal, state and regional governments, and a broad range of non-governmental entities. The office coordinates relations with tribal governments and facilitates policymaking with the urban American Indian/Alaskan Native communities. The office also oversees the city's International Relations Program, which includes Portland's nine sister cities and one friendship city and which welcomes international delegations to Portland on a weekly basis.