Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

The City of Portland, Oregon

Office for Community Technology

Broadband & Communications Policy, Cable Regulation & Consumer Protection and Utility Franchises, Licenses & Wireless

Phone: 503-823-5385

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 405, Portland, OR 97204

More Contact Info

Staff Contacts & Bios

Picture of Bea Coulter  

Bea Coulter, Policy Program Coordinator

Beatrice.Coulter@portlandoregon.gov | 503-823-3659

Bea is responsible for cable company compliance and policy for the City of Portland’s Office for Community Technology (OCT) and the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission (MHCRC). This includes franchise regulatory processes, consumer protections, public policy and advocacy. Prior to joining the MHCRC, Bea spent 25+ years in local origination television and community media. Her experience includes media creation, technology planning, policy development and nonprofit leadership. She is an advocate for community media and the power it has to change the lives of individuals and society, and in her free time (when not writing angry letters to the FCC) she nerds it up in the World of Warcraft and takes lots of pictures of her adorable dogs Rocket and Stella.

Picture of Kim Daschel

Kim Daschel, Franchise Utility Program Coordinator

Kimberly.Daschel@portlandoregon.gov | 503-823-5488

Kim Daschel joined the City of Portland’s Office for Community Technology in 2020. She has nearly 20 years of experience working for a telecommunications company with two undersea fiber optic cable systems. During that time, she worked closely with the OCT from the Business Partner side, so she a has a good understanding of City Franchise Agreements, reports and payments. Feel free to contact her for any questions you have about gaining a utility franchise or right-of-way, or how to report and calculate fees, for an existing agreement. Kim was born and raised in Portland. In her spare time, she enjoys bird watching, rock-hounding, and fishing with her husband and her dog.

Picture of Rana DeBey

Rana DeBey, MHCRC Community Grants Manager

Rana.DeBey@portlandoregon.gov | 503-823-1031

Rana comes to the MHCRC with over seven years managing grantmaking programs in philanthropic organizations and more than fifteen years working in service of communities in the nonprofit sector. Prior to moving to Portland, she earned her MPA from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). She brings with her skills in grants management, program management, communications and evaluation. In her role, Rana manages the Community Technology Grants program and the TechSmart Grants Initiative, focusing on investments in community organizations, libraries and local governments to provide technology access and training to traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities. Along with her husband and two children, she enjoys growing berries in her backyard, camping at the beach, and generally exploring Oregon’s natural beauty.

Picture of Joshua Eddings

Joshua Eddings, Analyst and Account Manager

Joshua.Eddings@portlandoregon.gov | 503-823-5413

Joshua manages and develops the business side of franchise and utility license account management for companies accessing the right of way or doing business within the city as a utility.  He also serves as a technology policy advisor for OCT. Joshua is a native Portlander with a technology and nonprofit background. He’s built websites, done database and computer consulting, taught computer repair and produced cable access television series on topics including peace, autism and health insurance policy.

Joshua manages and develops the business side of franchise and utility license account management for companies accessing the right of way or doing business within the city as a utility.  He also serves as a technology policy advisor for OCT. Joshua is a native Portlander with a technology and nonprofit background. He’s built websites, done database and computer consulting, taught computer repair and produced cable access television series on topics including peace, autism and health insurance policy.

Picture of Rebecca Gibbons

Rebecca Gibbons, Strategic Initiatives Manager

Rebecca.Gibbons@portlandoregon.gov | 503-823-5515

As the Strategic Initiatives Manager, Rebecca designs and administers the City's policies, programs, and initiatives, related to closing the digital equity gap and increasing broadband adoption supports for communities who have been marginalized and are disproportionally served. She is a skilled manager and strategic thought partner experienced in advocating for technology policy that supports open, secure, and equitable internet access. She prioritizes working collaboratively with city staff, government agencies, community stakeholders, national organizations, and industry partners to develop, coordinate, and implement strategies and programs that further the city-wide goals of Portland's Digital Equity Action Plan (DEAP) and Broadband Strategic Plan. Rebecca also manages the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission's (MHCRC) Community Technology Grants, which funds community organizations, libraries, and local governments to provide technology access and training to traditionally under-served and under-represented populations.

 Picture of Leina Gonzalez Baird

Leina Gonzalez Baird, Digital Equity Specialist

Leina.Gonzalezbaird@portlandoregon.gov | 503-823-4188

Leina joined the City of Portland in January 2020, serving in the Office of Open and Accountable Elections. They concurrently served Portland’s frontline communities as part of the City of Portland’s response to the global pandemic in the Bureau of Emergency Management. Leina has a background in human rights, political science, and the arts. Leina is a multicultural and multilingual global citizen, and is passionate about and committed to ensuring equitable outcomes for all Portlanders.

Picture of Ava Hansen

Ava Hansen, Executive Assistant

Ava.Hansen@portlandoregon.gov | 503-823-2005

Ava Hansen joined the City of Portland in 2021 as the Executive Assistant for the Office of Community Technology. Ava is a graduate of the University of Portland with a Bachelor of Arts in social work. With a background in social work, Ava has extensive experience in nonprofit management, project management, and office administration. She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and is a proud descendent of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She and has been calling Portland her home for over 20 years. In her free time, Ava is an avid sewist, baker, and gardener, voracious reader, and movie buff. She’s committed to social justice issues and equity in the community. Ava is passionate about her family and loves to spend time with her spouse, daughter, and two dogs, Cassius and Buddy.

 Picture of Adriana Miranda

Adriana Miranda, Community Engagement and Legislative Specialist

Adriana.Y.Miranda@portlandoregon.gov | 503-823-0039

Adriana Miranda is a former executive director, and a founding member of Oregon Worker Relief (OWR), a statewide disaster relief initiative that has distributed over $60 million in cash assistance to more than 37,000 immigrant Oregonians who were excluded from other forms of pandemic relief based on their immigration status. Adriana has worked with Oregon elected officials at different levels of government and is a social, racial, and economic justice advocate who is passionate about promoting policies that are centered and led by immigrant and refugee communities. Concurrently, Adriana brings mutual respect and cultural consciousness to the workplace. She has been incredibly involved in local education advocacy, community service, and is an active political volunteer in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Adriana served as the Co-chair for the Student Success Act with Salem-Keizer school district as well as the co-chair for the Salem-Keizer school district boundary review task force and serves on the community bond oversight and budget committee. Adriana is consistently present in leadership development opportunities and devotes her free time to her family and to help her community thrive. In 2018, Adriana completed Emerge Oregon and Capaces Leadership Institute’s Peoples Representatives Program, two training programs that encourage women and people of color to run for office.

Picture of Melvin Riddick

Melvin Riddick, Franchise Utility Program Coordinator

Melvin.Riddick@portlandoregon.gov | 503-823-0066

Melvin began in the Bureau of Licenses before joining the Office of Community Technology in 2007. He is an essential part of the franchise and utility program and is responsible for the utility license and franchise administration and wireless applications. He is a Beaver and a Viking.

Picture of Michael Wong

Michael Wong, Finance Manager

Michael.I.Wong@portlandoregon.gov | 503-823-5304

Michael Wong has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington. He spends his time in-between Seattle and Portland, as he visits family in both areas. He joined the City of Portland in 2020, and enjoys working with his colleagues while focusing on the efforts of the Office for Community Technology as a Finance Manager. In his free time, Michael enjoys jogging while taking in the scenery of the Pacific Northwest, as well as going to the movies.

MAIL: P.O Box 745, Portland, OR 97207-0745

 

In Memory

Jennifer Li | 1976 – 2022 

Jennifer joined OCT as the Franchise and Utility Program Manager in December 2010. She led the program for over 12 years, and with her small staff, managed long-term access to the public right-of-way (ROW), led negotiations for ordinances and franchises, and oversaw the collection of over 80 million dollars annually for the City. Jennifer was also active in protecting the ROW on the local, state, and national level. More recently, she spearheaded the development of a new City ROW Code to modernize the way OCT collects revenue and protects the right-of-way for the City. Jennifer passed away on February 20, 2022 following a courageous battle with cancer. She will be missed on so many levels, both personally and professionally, by everyone she came in contact with.