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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

Welcome 2016 SummerWorks Interns, Grace and Otelo!

Please join me in welcoming Otelo and Grace to Team Novick!

Otelo Reggy-Beane will be supporting Commissioner Novick’s community engagement and equity work, in addition to other policy and administrative duties.

Otelo is a rising senior at the International School of Beaverton and aspires to be an international lawyer involved in foreign diplomacy. He is involved in a number of extra-curricular activities including the World Affairs Council of Oregon's Young Leaders in Action program, Model United Nations and Junior Statesmen of America. Otelo’s community service also reflects his commitment to alleviating poverty and economic instability as a volunteer with The Burrito Project and as a tutor at Chehalem Elementary School.

Otelo has earned a Certificate of Excellence in Learning from the University of Virginia and has also been inducted in the National Honor Society, National Chinese Honor Society and Science National Honor Society.

In his free time Otelo enjoys playing basketball for Aloha High School, traveling around the world (he has been to 16 countries in 4 continents) and binging on Netflix.

Otelo can be contacted at and at (503) 823-4682.


Grace Ramstad will continue to work on later high school start times as it intersects with chronic absenteeism, in addition to other policy and administrative duties.

As a member of the Multnomah Youth Commission, Grace first became involved with Commissioner Novick’s office as a liaison a year ago, and will continue on as a SummerWorks intern. She spent the last year connecting with all of the schools in Multnomah County to identify key student leaders and collaborating with doctors to produce an op-ed article on the subject. This fall Grace will attend Georgetown University where she intends to major in Government and minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice.

Her public service record began at 14-years-old as a Summer Reading Volunteer with the Troutdale Library. Grace recently graduated from Centennial High School, where she served as the student representative on the Centennial School Board and on the District Equity Team. With the other members of Centennial’s Future Business Leaders of America organization, she established Food for Families, a nonprofit organization that operates a mobile food pantry, providing free groceries out of a refurbished school bus. Her work in the community led Grace to receive the 2015 Multnomah County Volunteer Award and the Gresham Great Young Citizen Award for her outstanding service.  

As the 2016 Rose Festival Queen, Grace will continue to represent Portland and serve as an ambassador over the next year.

She can be reached at or (503) 823-4682.