Constituent Services, Scheduling, Media Contacts
Cindy Reyes is the mayor’s constituent services specialist, responding to constituent concerns and correspondence. She has a bachelor’s in political science and international studies from Portland State University. She joined Mayor Hales’ staff upon finishing her undergraduate degree in 2014. Among her proudest accomplishments: Being the first in her family to graduate from college, and doing so magna cum laude. Cindy grew up in Southeast Portland, and enjoys shopping around Portland, reading, running, and traveling as often as she can.
Susan Dietz is the executive assistant to the mayor. 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 is the mayor’s assistant. 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’s (D-Eugene, Junction City); and is currently serving on the board of directors for Basic Rights Oregon’s Equality PAC. Zach lives in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood, and loves to run. He’s completed four marathons (personal record: 2 hours, 58 minutes) and in 2013 completed the Boston Marathon.
Diana Nuñez is community outreach manager for the mayor, creating opportunities for the mayor and policy directors to engage the city’s diverse communities in policymaking and initiatives, as well as developing creative strategies to help the Mayor’s Office deepen and expand its partnerships with the larger community. 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.
Dana Haynes is the mayor’s communications director. 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 is the mayor’s communications assistant. 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 animals, and reading news.
Tera Pierce is the mayor’s deputy chief of staff. 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 8-year-old son, Elliott, and two dogs, Cookie and Otis.
Stephon Hartley is an intern in the mayor’s office. 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.
Mariana Garcia is an intern in the mayor’s office. She is currently a sophomore at Portland State University, working toward her bachelor's in political science. She graduated from Tigard High School and now lives in Southwest Portland. Mariana loves to be involved in both campus and community life. She enjoys visiting new areas and learning about different cultures.
Demie Shiferaw is an intern in the mayor’s office. She is currently a graduate student in the Masters of Social Work program at Portland State University.
Office of Youth Violence Prevention
Antoinette Edwards is the mayor’s director of the Office of Youth Violence Prevention. 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. 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 is the mayor’s policy manager for the Office of Youth Violence Prevention. He has a bachelor’s 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 lives in Portland and enjoys baseball. In 2000, he was a Little League World Series Baseball coach, and in 2006 he visited Cuba with the USA Baseball U18 team.
Gail Shibley is the mayor’s chief of staff, and oversees the Office of Management & Finance and the City Budget Office. She has a bachelor’s in political science/international relations from the University of Oregon, a juris doctor with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law from Lewis & Clark Law School, received a Certificate in Advanced Environmental Studies from the Graduate School of Design from Harvard University, where she was named a Loeb Fellow. She was Mayor Hales’ first staff member, joining in December 2012 from the Oregon Health Authority, where she had been state environmental public health director since February 2003. She also served under the U.S. Secretary of Labor and U.S. Secretary of Transportation during the Clinton Administration. In the 1990s, Gail made history as Oregon’s first openly gay or lesbian state legislator; she served three terms in the Oregon House, representing the heart of Portland, from 1991 to 1997. A native Oregonian, she’s proud of the small, supporting role she’s played in the state’s continuing journey to guaranteeing equality under the law for disenfranchised people. Gail lives in Northwest Portland. When she’s not working, she loves to run, read and relax, either enjoying the great outdoors or watching women’s sports, indoors.
Josh Alpert is the mayor’s director of strategic initiatives, focusing on a wide range of issues including homelessness, labor, equity, education and other areas of interest. 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. He lives in the Cully neighborhood with his wife, daughter, and their two cats.
Jillian Detweiler is the mayor’s policy director in charge of Portland Development Commission and his liaison for housing 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 Cully neighborhood. She gardens, hikes, skis, plays soccer with the Portland Straight Shots, and is prone to lighten any meeting with wise cracks.
Jackie Dingfelder is the mayor’s policy director in charge of Bureau of Planning & Sustainability and Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and is coordinating the mayor’s efforts around the Oregon Solutions process for the Columbia River Levee recertification and the Columbia River Treaty reauthorization. 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 is the mayor’s policy director in charge of the Portland Police Bureau. 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.
Matthew Robinson is a policy assistant for the mayor, focusing on planning, development and environmental policy. He has a bachelor’s in criminology from the University of Florida (go Gators!), and a juris doctor from the University of Texas, Austin. He joined Mayor Hales’ staff from Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives. Among his proudest accomplishments: Being a first-generation college graduate, and hitting his goal of visiting 10 countries before he turned 30 years old (he passed that number a few countries ago). Matthew lives in Southeast Portland, is Jamaican, and is apparently famous in Turkey.
Chad Stover is a project manager for the mayor for policy areas including public safety, neighborhoods, equity and human rights, Black Male Achievement, Late Night Activity Initiative, Last Thursday, and special events. 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.
Rachael Wiggins is policy assistant and City Council liaison for the mayor. 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.