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Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission Roster

Katherine Schultz (Chair), Director, Architect, GBD Architects 

  • Work includes master planning projects; community design code standards; creation of ecodistricts
  • Previous Lake Oswego to Portland CAC advisor
  • Previous CC2035 Plan West Quadrant SAC co-chair
  • Previous Portland Design Commission member
  • AIA Women in Architecture Committee
  • 2017 Portland Business Journal Women of Influence award
  • http://www.gbdarchitects.com/who-we-are/

Chris Smith (Vice Chair), Interactive Marketing, Xerox

  • Experience with planning efforts from the neighborhood through the regional levels
  • Leadership experience on a variety of boards and committees including extensive transportation/multi-modal-related committee work
  • Internet Technologist, Xerox Interactive Marketing — responsible for internet technology for customer-facing web sites, lead Agile software development process to support these sites
  • Member of City of Portland Budget Advisory Committee
  • http://chrissmith.us/

Eli Spevak, Owner, Orange Splot LLC

  • Founder, Orange Splot, LLC, with a mission to pioneer new models of community-oriented, affordable, green housing developments in Portland
  • Managed the finance and construction of over 250 units of affordable housing through community-based non-profit organizations
  • Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University; Physics degree from Swarthmore College
  • Volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, Dignity Village
  • http://www.orangesplot.net/ 

Jeff Bachrach, Land Use Attorney, Bachrach Law

  • Land use and real estate lawyer
  • Legal counsel for HBA (1984-86)
  • Real Estate Advisory Committee for Central City Concern
  • HAP/Home Forward board (2002-11); chair 2007-10
  • PSC representative to the Portland Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC)
  • Previous: REACH CDC, Commercial Real Estate Economic Coalition, the Home Builders Association, and the Chapman Elementary School Foundation board member
  • http://www.bachrachlaw.com/

Ben Bortolazzo, Partner, Director of Planning & Design, OTAK

  • Global experience as design professional in Europe, Middle East and United States
  • Congress for New Urbanism Associate Member (2003 - present)
  • Woodstock Land Use Committee Co-Chair (2015-present)

Mike Houck, Executive Director, Urban Greenspaces Institute

  • 47 years of work promoting the integration of the built and natural environments in the Portland-Vancouver region
  • Founded the Urban Naturalist program at Portland Audubon Society of Portland in 1982 and co-founded the Coalition for a Livable Future in 1994 to better integrate urban conservation with social justice and equity issues
  • Co-founded and serves on the board of The Intertwine Alliance (www.theintertwine.org) which is dedicated to creating a world-class park, trail, and natural area system for the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region
  • Co-editor of Wild in the City, A Guide to Portland's Natural Areas (2000) and Wild in the City, Exploring The Intertwine released by OSU Press in the fall of 2011
  • Recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for his work by the National Garden Club of America, Frances K. Hutchinson Medal; City of Heidelberg Germany’s Award for Environmental Excellence; and was recognized with Portland State University’s Urban Pioneer Award
  • https://urbangreenspaces.org/about/staff/

Katie Larsell, Ministerial Advisor, Oregon Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice

  • East Portland advocate
  • Member of the Portland Budget Advisory Committee
  • Previous co-chair of the East Portland Action Plan
  • Previous member of Portland 2030 Bicycle Master Plan Steering Committee
  • Served 8 years on the Parkrose School Board (3 years as Vice-Chair, 3 years as Chair)
  • Previous career as an industrial engineer

Daisy Quiñonez, Youth Commissioner

  • Tenant Education Coordinator, Community Alliance of Tenants
  • Member, Metro Committee on Racial Equity
  • Previous Program Organizer, The Bus Project

As of April 10, 2019, there are three vacancies on the PSC. 
The Mayor will appoint the new commissioners with terms starting June 1, 2019.