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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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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.


Todd Lofgren

Senior Policy Director


Todd serves as Senior Policy Director for the Commissioner, including lead liaison to the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services.

Todd has 20 years of experience managing public, non-profit and private initiatives in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to joining Commissioner Fish’s team, Todd spent two years living and working in Morocco, promoting economic development initiatives. Todd was a leader in creating public-private partnerships with Portland Parks & Recreation from 2007 to 2015. Prior to this work, Todd worked with the US Agency for International Development in Washington DC with a focus on Africa. He was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa, and worked at a refugee resettlement agency in Tucson, Arizona. Todd has a Master's in Public Administration and Policy from The University of Arizona.

In his free time, Todd enjoys recreating with his family and friends in Portland parks and community centers, as well as hiking, fishing and skiing in Oregon's mountains and forests.


Jamie Dunphy, Policy AdvisorJamie Dunphy

Policy Director


Jamie serves as Policy Director for the Commissioner, handling a broad range of City legislative and policy issues. Jamie is also liaison to Venture Portland and the small business community.

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." 

 Amira Streeter

Policy Director


Amira serves as Policy Director for the Commissioner, and is our lead for Citywide policy issues including Superfund, environmental justice, equitable contracting and community development.

Amira’s previous experience includes policy development work in the non-profit, private, and government sectors. She is a 2013 graduate of Lewis & Clark, Northwestern School of Law and has a passion for the environment and the arts. She began her career in public service while working as a legislative aid to Lew Frederick.  She most recently served as Policy and Advocacy Director for the Urban League of Portland, working on advocacy, community engagement, and policy development with a social justice focus.

Originally from Maryland, Amira has lived all over the world in places like China and Germany, but now calls Portland her home. Amira enjoys visiting the various tea and coffee shops spread throughout Portland.

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.


Asena Lawrence

Office Manager, Scheduler, and Policy Advisor


Asena serves as the Commissioner's Office Manager, Scheduler, and Policy Advisor. She also serves as the Commissioner’s liaison to the Office of Equity and Human Rights, Office of International Affairs, and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement. Asena also works on land use policy and community outreach.

Asena received her Bachelor's degree in International Studies, the Middle East, with a certificate in Contemporary Turkish Studies. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in International and Intercultural Conflict Resolution at Portland State University. Asena is a NEW Leadership Oregon alumna with the Center for Women's Leadership.

She has sincere appreciation and enthusiasm for diversity and cultural expression. During the summer, Asena enjoys having adventures on the Aegean coast of Turkey.

Favorite quote: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” ~ A. P. W. B. Dumbledore 

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

On her days off, Betsy enjoys exploring the great outdoors. She has been to 6 of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. She is also a huge ‘foodie’ and has been to many great restaurants around Portland.

Favorite quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - Gandhi

Mariana Garcia Medina

Assistant for Policy and Community Affairs

(503) 823-3603

Mariana serves as the Assistant for Policy and Community Affairs for the Commissioner. She is a recent graduate from Portland State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. Mariana is passionate about her community, civic engagement, and social justice. Her goal is to work in policy and advocate for underserved communities.

Throughout her time at Portland State, Mariana held many leadership positions, including Director of Las Mujeres, a Latina empowerment organization, and student ambassador. She also had the opportunity to intern with the Oregon Latino Agenda for Action, Office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer, and the Center for Women’s Leadership. As a McNair Scholar, she completed her research on Crimmigration. She currently serves on the Alumnae Board for the Center for Women’s Leadership.

 Mariana loves to explore new places, try new foods, and dance at every opportunity.  


Lejla Biberic, Multnomah Youth CommissionerLejla Biberic

Multnomah Youth Commissioner

Lejla is the official elected liaison for the Multnomah Youth Commission (MYC). Her job is to communicate with Commissioner Fish about projects involving the MYC, as well as write monthly web stories, and participate in other special projects.

Lejla is a junior at Cleveland High School and is first generation American, born here in Portland. She is bi-lingual, and is fluent in English and Bosnian/Serbo-Croatian.

Lejla is passionate about school and her community. In her free time, she loves playing sports, including basketball, Taekwon-Do, tennis, and swimming. Lejla is a big Blazer fan. When not watching games and playing sports, she is exploring the city.