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Commissioner Steve Novick

Official Website for Commissioner Steve Novick

Phone: 503-823-4682

fax: 503-823-4019

1221 SW 4th Ave. Suite 210, Portland, OR 97204

Meet the Team

Chris Warner

Chief of Staff


Chris Warner serves as Commissioner Novick’s Chief of Staff. Chris joins the City after serving as Chief of Staff to Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith.

Chris has been a fixture in local political and policy issues for over 20 years. Prior to working in local government, Chris was the Transportation Advisor to Governor Ted Kulongoski and helped develop and successfully pass the Jobs and Transportation Act of 2009, largest transportation initiative in state history. Chris also served as the director of the Governor’s Economic Revitalization Team. Chris has also worked as U.S. Senator Ron Wyden’s state director and political director, Legislative Assistant to Congressman Peter DeFazio and as a field representative for Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse. Chris also worked for the Oregon State Legislature and in the office of Secretary of State Phil Keisling.

Chris is a native Oregonian, born and raised in Baker City and a graduate of the University of Oregon. He lives in the Rose City Park neighborhood with his wife Barbara Smith Warner, son Emmett and daughter Eleanor.  

Katie Shriver

Policy Director


Katie Shriver serves as Policy Director to Commissioner Novick. Katie's professional experience includes the Oregon Legislature, Metro, the Oregon Community Foundation, and the U.S. House of Representatives. As Policy Advisor in the Oregon Senate Majority Office during the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions, she advised the caucus on economic development, transportation, health care, and housing policy. She has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Portland State University.

Originally from Ohio, Katie is a lifelong Buckeyes and Reds fan. She has lived in Portland for nearly a decade, and in her free time she enjoys running, hiking, and bicycling. 

Bryan Hockaday

Policy Advisor & Scheduler 


Bryan first came to Oregon in 2004 to attend the University of Portland. After graduating in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science, he went on to serve a term as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Black United Fund of Oregon. There, he managed the Ron Herndon Scholarship Fund and the Scholarship Writing Workshop Series to teach high school youth how to navigate the college and scholarship application process.

Bryan is a passionate community organizer who has worked with the Oregon Bus Project and on several local and statewide campaigns. In 2009, Bryan was a fellow at the New Organizing Institute’s New Media Bootcamp that brought national, progressive campaign experts together to train community organizers to effectively utilize social media in local campaigns.

Most recently, Bryan was the program manager for Multnomah County’s Summer Youth Connect program, spearheaded by Commissioner Loretta Smith. The program provided paid summer employment opportunities and academic advisors to at-risk youth as part of a regional collaboration between Multnomah County, the City of Portland, and Clackamas County.

Bryan is also involved with several community volunteer organizations, including the Portland African American Leadership Forum and the Portland Urban League of Young Professionals. When this self-professed news junkie isn’t catching up on the news or reading up on American foreign policy, he enjoys discovering Portland’s latest and greatest restaurants, brew pubs and food carts. 

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Kathleen Gardipee

Policy Advisor


Kathleen brings ample experience, innovation and historic public policy knowledge to the team. Prior to joining the staff of Commissioner Novick, she worked at all levels of government.

Her resume includes managing her own consulting firm, serving on the staff of Portland City Commissioner Erik Sten – eventually as Chief of Staff, working as the Government Relations Manager at Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services. Her experience also includes regional economic planning at what was then called the Oregon Economic Development Department (now Business Oregon,) assisting the Government Relations Director at the City of Eugene and time spent on Capitol Hill in the offices of Senator Mark Hatfield and Senator Bob Graham from Florida.

In her spare time, she is a chauffer to her two active and lovely daughters, Natalie and Madelyn. 

Andrea Valderrama

Outreach & Policy Advisor


 Andrea is a first generation chican@ that has been living in Oregon for the past 12 years. Andrea and her two sisters were raised by her mother, a political refugee of Perú during the Sendero Luminoso coup. She quickly learned budget management, community advocacy, and grassroots organizing as tools for her family’s survival, and these skills directly influenced her passion for policy reform to increase community equity and safety.
As the Event and Development Director at the Oregon Student Foundation (OSF), Andrea worked in coalition with DREAM Activists, Latinos Unidos Siempre, and CAUSA Oregon to pass Tuition Equity and her leadership in voter registration, education, and GOTV efforts contributed to the success of the 2012 Vote OR Vote drive registering over 50,000 people to vote.
As the Development Director with Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project, Andrea played a key role in the organization’s policy and fundraising work, directing long term fundraising plans and facilitating lobbying trainings for day laborer leaders to advocate for better protection against wage theft. Andrea also supported Voz’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform work through coordinating ACT Network actions around Multnomah County Police/ICE Collaborations, efforts that led to a victory of decreased collaboration between Police and ICE in MultnomahCounty.
Andrea is an East Portland resident and enjoys gardening, BBQing, and spending time with her new niece and nephew.

Erika Nebel

Constituent Services Liaison


Erika Nebel attended Portland State University (PSU) and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Law and Legal Studies. She has interned at NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, the office of Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden’s Portland office, and most recently at Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh working for the Scottish Liberal Democrats. She is a graduate of the NEW Leadership Oregon program at PSU to encourage leadership in college women, and has volunteered for various political campaigns and community organizations in Portland.
Erika and her family immigrated to Portland from Japan in 1993, and she is passionate about serving and helping Portland’s many diverse communities. She loves to travel, not only to meet new people and have new experiences, but to also learn the many ways communities find avenues for cooperation and success.

Timur Ender

Lewis & Clark Intern


Timur grew up in Raleigh, NC and attended North Carolina State University graduating in criminology in 2011. In college he organized bike races for charity and helped develop a bike rental system for the university that was profitable in its first year. In 2009, Timur biked across America to raise money and awareness for affordable housing through the non-profit Bike & Build. Two years later he did it again, this time leading a group of 30 college students as they bike across the country.

Subsequent to Bike & Build, Timur was a fellow at the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership and was deputy campaign manager for the City of Raleigh’s 2011 Transportation and Affordable Housing Bond Referendum. The referendum provided the City with over $50 million for trails, bus shelters, bike lanes, and pothole repairs and passed with 69% of the vote, the largest margin in the City’s history of referendums.

Drawn to Portland’s strong quality of life, Timur transferred to Lewis & Clark law school from San Diego in January 2013; he plans to graduate December 2014. Prior to joining Commissioner Novick’s office, Timur interned at the Federal Transit Administration in Kansas City, MO and the Port of Portland.

Timur is fluent in Turkish and is also a trained emergency medical technician. During his externship, Timur will provide research assistance and support to advance Commissioner Novick’s efforts to identifying strategies that reduce healthcare costs and to underscore the health benefits of dynamic, multimodal transportation systems. Timur will be interning with Commissioner Novick’s office until late April 2014.

Join the team!

If you are interested in working, interning, or volunteering with Team Novick, please complete the form found here.

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