1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204
Nick was elected to the Portland City Council in a special election in 2008, and re-elected to successive four-year terms in 2010 and 2014.
In their 2014 endorsement, the Portland Mercury called Nick “one of the most effective and values-minded city commissioners during his six years on the council.”
Nick serves as Commissioner-in-Charge of the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services, and as Council liaison to Elders in Action, Age-Friendly Cities, the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), Venture Portland – which supports small businesses in our community, and the Governor’s Regional Solutions Advisory Committee.
Previously, Nick served as Commissioner-in-Charge of the Portland Housing Bureau and Portland Parks & Recreation.
Nick ran for Council on a platform of bringing all the city’s housing programs and functions under one roof. The result: the Portland Housing Bureau, its mission and resources focused on the needs of low-income families, people experiencing homelessness, veterans, and older adults.
In 2011, Portland Parks & Recreation won the National Gold Medal for the best managed parks system in the nation.
Recently, Nick championed two reforms of the City's utilities, designed to strengthen transparency and accountability. He launched an innovative new partnership with the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon (CUB). CUB serves as an independent consumer watchdog on behalf of residential ratepayers. And, he sponsored an ordinance to create the Portland Utility Board (PUB), the citizen-led oversight body for both utilities.
Nick graduated from Harvard in 1981 – and worked as a legislative aide for Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank. He received a law degree from Northeastern University in 1986, and spent ten years representing health care workers in New York.
Nick is married to Patricia Schechter, a Professor of History at Portland State University. They are the proud parents of Maria and Chapin. Maria just completed a Fulbright in Andorra. Chapin is in the Spanish Immersion program at Portland Public Schools and loves to play soccer.
After 20 years of living in Northeast Portland, Nick and his family recently moved to a rental apartment in the Goose Hollow neighborhood.
Nick is passionate about civic engagement. He has held leadership positions on the boards of the Oregon Cultural Trust, Volunteers of America, Oregon, and the Housing Authority of Portland (now Home Forward). He hosted “Outlook Portland with Nick Fish,” a public affairs show on KRCW, and he enjoys serving as a volunteer judge each year in the regional We The People competition.
In his free time, Nick enjoys watching soccer games (especially the Pilots, the Thorns, and his son's teams), roaming independent bookstores and art galleries, listening to jazz, and spending time with his family.
Nick is the proud recipient of the following: