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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589


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

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Meet the Team

Sonia Schmanski

Sonia Schmanski

Chief of Staff



Sonia serves as Chief of Staff. In that role she leads the Fish Team and is primary liaison to City budget issues. She has held a variety of roles in the office, beginning as a temporary staff person in October 2008 and most recently serving as Policy Director. In 2012 and 2013, she was liaison to the Portland Housing Bureau, and was liaison to the Portland Water Bureau until assuming the role of Chief.

Sonia graduated from Boston University with a degree in International Relations and spent time at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., before returning to Portland in the fall of 2008.

She is a 6th-generation Oregonian, a lifelong fan of the World Champion Chicago Cubs, a Portland native, and a proud Grant High alum.


Jamie Dunphy, Policy AdvisorJamie Dunphy

Senior Policy Director



Jamie serves as Senior Policy Director for the Commissioner, including lead liaison to the Bureau of Environmental Services.

Jamie is a graduate of Portland State University, Portland Community College, and Grant High School. He began his career in public service in Portland nearly a decade ago. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Lents Neighborhood in Southeast Portland.

In his "free time," Jamie likes backpacking, camping, gardening, and playing music.

Favorite Quote: "No raindrop believes it's to blame for the flood." 

Asena Lawrence

Policy Director



Asena serves as Commissioner Fish’s Policy Director and is committed to working with an equitable and intersectional lens. In her role, she serves as liaison to Venture Portland, Elders in Action and the older adult community, the Office of Equity and Human Rights, the Office of International Relations, and Civic Life.  She also works closely with the equity teams from the Commissioner’s two bureaus: Portland Parks & Rec and the Bureau of Environmental Services.

Asena is completing her Master's degree at Portland State University, in Conflict Resolution: Structural Peacebuilding and Development. As a NEW Leadership alumna from the Center for Women’s Leadership, Asena serves on the Alumnae Committee as Chair Emeritus.

During the summer, Asena enjoys having archaeological adventures on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts.  

Favorite quote: “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” – Audre Lorde

Everett Wild

Policy & Communications Advisor



Everett serves as Policy and Communications Advisor, managing the Commissioner's strategic and constituent communications.

He studied Environmental Politics at Whitman College and has taken part in public service for most of his life, working on issues in Clackamas County.

When he's not at City Hall, Everett enjoys spending time outdoors in his home state, enjoying everything Oregon has to offer.

Betsy Ruth Quitugua

Constituent Services Specialist


(503) 823-3597

Betsy serves as the Commissioner’s Constituent Services Specialist. She is the first person you'll see when you visit the Fish office. Betsy works on constituent communications, she writes web-stories for the Commissioner's website, and works on multiple issues that address our office. She is also the office photographer!

Betsy is a student at Portland Community College and Portland State, working on her undergraduate degree in engineering. Betsy is on the leadership committee for the Hapa, Asian, and Pacific Islander Affinity group of Portland. And a member of Portland State's Pacific Islanders' Club.

On her days off, Betsy enjoys exploring Oregon's great outdoors, reading poetry, and dancing for Teva Oriate Polynesian Dance Troupe.

Tracy Schreiber

Arts Affordability Fellow



Tracy serves as Commissioner Fish’s Arts Affordability Fellow. Tracy joins the office to implement the Arts Affordability Plan. She will also work with Portland Parks & Recreation to identify new arts-related opportunities.

Tracy holds a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts and will be graduating from Portland State’s Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning program. Her professional background includes work in arts and culture, small business, entrepreneurship, and workforce development.

Outside of the office, Tracy enjoys spending time with her family (furry and human), attending arts events, and finding new adventures.


Sheila Panyam




Sheila is an intern in Commissioner Fish’s office and will be focusing on policy research and general support of the Fish Team.

Sheila is a graduate of Lincoln High School and has finished her second year in the University of Washington (UW) honors program. She studies philosophy and classics. And currently competes on the UW’s mock trial team. She hopes to attend law school and become an attorney.

Sheila’s interest in governance comes from competing on her high school’s Constitution team and debate team. She helped lead a nonprofit that taught free, bilingual American history classes for immigrants seeking citizenship. She has worked extensively with the Children’s Book Bank to help bridge the ‘booklessness’ gap.

In her free time, Sheila loves to read, write novels, and spend time with family. Her favorite authors are Michael Crichton, Scott Lynch, Victoria Schwab, J.K. Rowling, and Alexandre Dumas. She is the author of the 2017 novel The Torch in the Shadows.