Constituent Services, Scheduling, Media Contacts
Mustafa Washington, Constituent Services Specialist. Mustafa responds to constituent concerns and correspondence. He has a Master’s of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific College, and a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Warner Pacific College. He joined Mayor Hales’ staff after five years of working in patient care with Oregon’s largest health care system. Among his proudest accomplishments: Mustafa is the first person in his immediate family to complete a Master’s degree program. Mustafa grew up in Northeast Portland, and loves to try new restaurants, play basketball, and hang out with family and friends.
Stephon Hartley, Intern. Stephon assists the constituent services specialist with correspondence, and supports policy staff. He is currently a freshman at Portland Community College, working toward becoming a physician’s assistant. He graduated from Jefferson High School-Middle College for Advanced Studies. Stephon lives in Northwest Portland, and loves to play basketball and sing in his spare time.
Angel Castañeda, Constituent & Policy Intern. Angel supports the constituent services specialist and policy directors. He is currently in his third year at Warner Pacific College, studying Business Administration and Political Science. He graduated from Forest Grove High School with an honors diploma, and was awarded a full tuition scholarship called Act Six. Angel lives in Southeast Portland, and loves to play soccer in his spare time.
Lucas Hillier, PSU School of Social Work Intern. Lucas works with constituent services and policy directors, assisting with homeless issues. He has almost completed his bachelor’s in Social Work with a minor in Political Science from Portland State University. He also works for Central City Concern. Among his proudest accomplishments: Raising an energetic and happy son (2.5 years old) with a wife who says, “Please and Thank You” with a smile Lucas lives in the Montavilla Neighborhood, and loves the Ducks, FC Barcelona, and the Seahawks.
Diana Nuñez, Community Outreach Director. Diana creates opportunities for the mayor and policy directors to engage the city’s diverse communities in policymaking and initiatives, and serves as liaison to the Office of Equity and Human Rights. She has a bachelor’s in microbiology and clinical laboratory science from the University of Texas, Austin, and a master’s in library research and information science from the University of Washington, Seattle. She joined Mayor Hales’ staff from the Multnomah County Library’s early childhood programs. Among her proudest accomplishments: Working with communities of color of Portland and Multnomah County to promote and teach early literacy skills to families and educators. Diana lives in the Rose City neighborhood. Her second home is the gym, and she can be a bit of a gym rat. You may recognize Diana from her roles as an extra on several Nickelodeon TV shows and movies.
Susan Dietz, Executive Assistant to the Mayor. Susan manages the mayor's calendar and facilitates scheduling for the chief of staff. She has a bachelor’s in business administration, with a focus on marketing, from California State University, Long Beach. She joined Mayor Hales’ staff in March 2014. Among her proudest accomplishments: Joining the mayor’s staff after working in a variety of industries, and working with an awesome mayor and an awesome, super-smart team. Susan loves baking (gluten-free!) and trying new recipes, and enjoys helping people learn how to make great foods that are gluten-free and spending time with her family.
Zach Klonoski, Special Assistant to the Mayor. Zach is the mayor's right-hand man. He is a “double duck,” with a bachelor’s in political science and a juris doctor, with a specialty in environmental law, from the University of Oregon. He joined Mayor Hales’ staff in November 2014. Among his proudest accomplishments: During the 2008 election cycle he served as executive director of a nonprofit that focused on registering historically disenfranchised populations to vote; he served as campaign manager for House Majority Leader Rep. Val Hoyle (D-Eugene, Junction City); and is currently serving on the board of directors for Basic Rights Oregon’s Equality PAC. Zach lives in North Portland, and loves to run. He’s completed four marathons (personal record: 2 hours, 58 minutes) and in 2013 completed the Boston Marathon.
Dana Haynes, Communications Director. Dana is the primary contact for news media. He has a bachelor’s in political science from Lewis & Clark College. He spent 20 years in Oregon newspaper newsrooms as a reporter, columnist and editor, and later served Portland Community College as the president’s spokesman. Dana is the author of seven mystery and thriller novels from Bantam Books and St. Martin’s Press. He lives in Portland with his wife, Katy King, and their cat, Glamour.
Sara Hottman, Digital Media Director. Sara manages the mayor's online presence, including social media, information dashboard, and website. She has bachelors’ in journalism and political science from Fordham University, and is working toward a master’s in political science, with concentrations in American and comparative politics, from Portland State University's Hatfield School of Government. She joined Mayor Hales’ staff after working at various newspapers in New York City, North Carolina, and Oregon. Among her proudest accomplishments: Writing stories that had an impact for shelter animals, domestic violence survivors, ex-offender parents, and other marginalized groups. Sara lives in the Buckman neighborhood with her partner, Saul, and enjoys practicing Muay Thai, cooing at all the animals, and reading news.
Office of Youth Violence Prevention
Antoinette Edwards, Director of the Office of Youth Violence Prevention. Antoinette oversees the office that works with the community to create healthy outcomes for youth. Antoinette served as the first Diversity and Volunteer Services director for the Oregon Trail Chapter for the American Red Cross. She has a bachelor’s in education from Portland State University. She joined Mayor Hales’ staff from former Mayor Sam Adams’ administration. Among her proudest accomplishments: Receiving the 2009 Gladys McCoy Citizen Involvement Award, and receiving the 2013 Social Justice Fund Northwest's Jeanette Rankin Award for being a tireless, lifelong activist. Other honors include the 2015 Equity Foundation "Women Who Lead" award, and the 2012 Big Brothers and Big Sisters Northwest Organization "Community Impact" award. Antoinette lives in Northeast Portland, and has 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She founded the first Black PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) chapter in the nation, and loves spoken word, reading, and reading to children.
Tom Peavey, Policy Manager for the Office of Youth Violence Prevention. Tom manages policy, grants and outreach for the office. He has a bachelor’s in police science administration from Washington State University. Prior to joining Mayor Hales’ staff, he was a staff member for former mayors Tom Potter and Sam Adams. He served as a Crime Prevention Coordinator in the Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement from 2004 to 2006, following a 31-year career as an officer with the Portland Police Bureau (1973 to 2004). Among his proudest accomplishments: Receiving the Portland Police Bureau Medal of Valor. Tom enjoys baseball, and in 2000, he was a Little League World Series Baseball coach. In 2006 he visited Cuba with the USA Baseball U18 team.
Josh Alpert, Chief of Staff. Josh manages the mayor's policy development, and oversees the Office of Management & Finance and the City Budget Office. He has a bachelor’s in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, and a juris doctor from Lewis & Clark College. He joined Mayor Hales’ staff after seven years at the Trust for Public Land. Among his proudest accomplishments: Helping to raise $2.7 billion in public funding for conservation of parks and natural areas throughout the West. Josh roots for Rip City and screams for the Steelers. Mr. Rogers threw him his 21st birthday party. He lives in the Cully neighborhood with his wife, daughter, and their two cats.
Tera Pierce, Deputy Chief of Staff. Tera manages staff and policy, and is liaison to the Office of Government Relations. She has a bachelor’s in social work from Portland State University. She joined Mayor Hales’ staff from the Oregon State Legislature’s House Majority Office. Among her proudest accomplishments: Getting Rep. Jennifer Williamson (D-Portland) and Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson (D-Portland) — the first Latina to serve in the Oregon Legislature — elected to office. Tera lives in the Alberta Arts district, loves politics, the Trail Blazers and the New York Yankees. She’s consignment shop savvy, and enjoys exploring Portland with her 9-year-old son, Elliott, and two dogs, Cookie and Otis.
Jillian Detweiler, Policy Director for Development. Jillian manages policy related to neighborhood development, economic development, and housing, and is liaison to the Portland Development Commission, Portland Housing Bureau and the Bureau of Development Services. She has a bachelor’s in political science from Lewis & Clark College, and a master’s in urban and regional planning from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior to joining Mayor Hales’ staff, she was Director of Real Estate at TriMet. Among her proudest professional accomplishments: Contributing to the site plan for the first New Seasons at Northeast 33rd Avenue and Killingsworth; identifying a novel way to fund construction of the Oregon Food Bank; and ensuring permanent affordable housing on North Interstate Avenue. Jillian lives in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood. She gardens, hikes, skis, plays soccer with the Portland Straight Shots, and is prone to lighten any meeting with wise cracks.
Jackie Dingfelder, Policy Director for Planning and the Environment. Jackie manages policy related to planning, sustainability, and environmental stewardship, and is liaison to Bureau of Planning & Sustainability. She has a bachelor’s in geography and ecosystems management from the University of California, Los Angeles; a master’s in regional planning with a focus on environmental and land use planning, with an emphasis on water resources management, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and is working toward a doctorate in public policy at Portland State University. Prior to joining Mayor Hales’ staff, she was executive director at a nonprofit organization, while also serving as a senator in the Oregon Legislature. Among her proudest accomplishments: Championing — with then-Speaker, now U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley — the most successful environmental session in Oregon’s recent history, with passage of a comprehensive renewable energy package, expansion of Oregon’s iconic bottle bill, and creation of a new computer recycling program that diverts thousands of pounds of electronic waste yearly from Oregon’s landfills. Jackie lives in the Rose City Park neighborhood. She enjoys being active and outside. Jackie bikes her environmental consciousness talk, and has cut her carbon footprint significantly now that her work commute is 10 miles roundtrip on a bike instead of 2 hours roundtrip in a car to Salem and back.
Deanna Wesson-Mitchell, Policy Director for Public Safety. Deanna manages policy related to public safety, and is liaison to the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue. She has a bachelor’s in history, with a focus on American civilization, from The George Washington University. Prior to joining Mayor Hales’ staff, she was a police officer in Portland for 10 years, and previously worked in commercial property management and college campus and residential live. Among her proudest accomplishments: Being a mom to two of the greatest little boys in the world. Deanna lives in the Lents neighborhood, and enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Chad Stover, Livability Project Manager. Chad manages issues related to livability, including Last Thursday, vacant houses, graffiti, noise, and homelessness, and is liaison to the Portland Bureau of Transportation. He has a bachelor’s in Japanese, Spanish, and Russian from University of Oregon and Waseda University in Tokyo, and a master’s in Japanese linguistics from Portland State University. He joined Mayor Hales’ staff from former Mayor Sam Adams’ administration, and has been a faculty member with Portland State University’s Department of World Languages and Literature, and with the U.S. Navy College. Among his proudest accomplishments: Starting to learn Mandarin while working as a waiter at a vegan-vegetarian-Chinese-kosher restaurant that had an all-Chinese staff. Chad lives in downtown Portland, and enjoys reading, writing short stories and poems, weightlifting, yoga, salsa dancing, hiking and good music.
Camille Trummer, Policy Assistant. Camille assists with policy related to economic development, housing, and planning, and assists the liaisons to Portland Development Commission and Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. She has a bachelor’s in cultural communication from the University of Washington and a master’s in communications marketing from Northwestern University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She joined Mayor Hales’ staff in June 2015 from Chicago Public School’s Office of College and Career Success. Among her proudest accomplishments: Spending five years helping to improve and strengthen youth development and community resource programs for several education institutions in Portland, Seattle, and Chicago. Camille is a Portland native and lives in the Kenton neighborhood with her husband, Daniel Trummer, and daughter Naomi. She enjoys international traveling and learning about different cultures, photography, yoga, and is fluent in German.
Rachael Wiggins, Council Coordinator. Rachael manages the mayor's City Council policy items, and coordinates Council items among Commissioners' offices. She has a bachelor’s in history from Northwestern University. She joined Mayor Hales’ staff from All Hands Raised, an educational nonprofit. Among her proudest accomplishments: Being promoted to policy assistant, and becoming the office expert on council proceedings. Rachael lives in North Tabor with her boyfriend and her amazing 9-year-old shelter dog, Hunter. Rachael has a weekly trivia team, played violin for 10 years, recently tiled her kitchen all by herself, and can rewire a light.