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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

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The Patient: The Cost of Cancer

May 3, 2019

Last night, Nick was honored to share his cancer story at a preview and fundraiser for an important new documentary called The Patient.

The documentary tells the story of several patients living with cancer, and is designed to be a resource for cancer survivors and their family and friends. The Patient offers a deep and holistic understanding of what it means to live with a chronic illness. It follows several cancer patients through their fears and joys, new friendships and rekindled family bonds, and daily challenges.

The documentary was made in Portland and directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Jon Garcia.

Nick shared his personal journey with cancer and several lessons he’s learned over the past 20 months.

Special thanks to Caroline Fitchett for organizing the screening, Dan Coates for emceeing, Bill and Diane McLean for their support of the film, and the many people – both in front of and behind the camera – who made the film possible.


Celebrating Age-Friendly Businesses

October 31, 2018

This morning, Nick was honored to speak at the inaugural Age-Friendly Business Awards ceremony.

The award ceremony celebrated public-spirited local businesses who take the extra step to be age-friendly. Congratulations to all of the honorees!

After the ceremony, Council proclaimed October 31st to be Age-Friendly Business Day.

Many of Portland’s local businesses are certified Age-Smart Employers that embrace age-diversity and create workplaces that value equity, inclusiveness, and intergenerational respect.

In 2011, Portland was the first U.S. city to be certified by the World Health Organization as Age-Friendly, and we’re proud to continue to be a global leader in creating communities for people of all ages and abilities.

Special thanks to our community partners, including Portland State University’s Age-Friendly Cities Project, Elders in Action, AARP Oregon, Venture Portland, and to the community leaders who spoke at Council today – including Barbara Bernstein from Elders in Action, Heather Hoell from Venture Portland, Joyce DeMonnin from AARP, and Dr. Margaret Neal from Portland State University.

Nick Participates on Panel at the 2019 Intertwine Summit

April 29, 2019

This afternoon, Nick was honored to be a panelist for a discussion hosted by The Intertwine Alliance called “Investing in Nature.” The panelists discussed how to increase equity and investments in parks, trails, and natural areas in the Portland region.

Executive Director Warren Jimenez served as moderator. The other panelists were Metro Council President Lynn Peterson; Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba, and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District Board Director Felicita Monteblanco.

The Intertwine Alliance is a regional coalition of public, non-profit, and private organizations in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region.

Nick highlighted the work of our two bureaus, Portland Parks & Recreation and the Bureau of Environmental Services, including:

   • Increasing our urban tree canopy

   • Creating salmon sanctuaries

   • Investing in green infrastructure like bioswales

   • Generating renewable natural gas from the sewage treatment process (we call it "poop-to-power")

   • Working to convert brownfields into productive use

   • Building new parks in East Portland like Cully Park and Gateway Discovery Park

Nick also highlighted some challenges – including how to generate more money in the region for parks and nature, especially operations and maintenance dollars, and the continued need to invest in underserved parts of our community.

The Weekly Catch

Honoring Dr. James Lawson

Nick Fish Blog


Polluted Site Prepped for N. Portland Affordable Housing

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune


82nd Avenue of Roses Parade to Celebrate East Portland Life

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Straight Talk: Meet New Portland Parks Director Adena Long

KGW News


Lynchview Park to Break Ground in May

Teresa Carson in the Gresham Outlook


Bridge Construction Planned Along Springwater Corridor

Chrisopher Keizur in the Gresham Outlook


Audit Finds No Improvement to Scholarship Program for City Classes and Camps

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury


Thank You Green Street Stewards - You've Made 1600+ Gallons of Impact

BES News

Providence Park

Portland City Council Approves Updated Traffic Management Plan for Portland Timbers’ Game Days

Jamie Goldberg in The Oregonian


E-Scooters Are Back on Portland Streets: 5 Things You Need to Know

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


E-Scooters to Re-Appear in Portland Friday

Lisa Balick in KOIN 6 News


E-Scooters Will Return to Portland As Soon as Friday (With New Rules)

Keaton Thomas and KATU News


Pacific Northwest College of Art President Don Tuski Leaving

April Baer in OPB News

In Other News

Study: Low-Income Areas in Portland at Higher Risk of Flooding, Extreme Heat

Dallon Adam in The Skanner News


Many Rich Folks Say Renting Beats Buying

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Portland City Council Ordinance on Tenant Screening Criteria Delayed Until May

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


In the Sky with PPB Air Support

Elise Haas in KOIN 6 News


Grass Is Greener: New Netflix Documentary Spotlights Portland Cannabis Industry Leaders

Jenni Moore in the Portland Mercury


Blues Cruises Set for Waterfront Blues Festival

KOIN 6 News

Honoring Dr. James Lawson

April 24, 2019

Today, Council honored Dr. James Lawson with a proclamation.

Dr. Lawson was an architect of the Civil Rights movement, a dear friend and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a mentor to U.S. Representative John Lewis.

He was joined by a panel including Pastor J.W. Matt Hennessee of the Vancouver Ave. First Baptist Church and PSU student Carolyn Johnson-Evans.

Special thanks to Portland State University’s Conflict Resolution Program, Dr. Patricia Schechter, and PSU’s Students United for Non-Violence group for bringing Dr. Lawson to Portland.

Dr. Lawson is speaking at PSU tonight. You can find more information here.