Jennifer Li, Program Manager, 503-823-5359
Jennifer Li joined the Office for Community Technology in 2010. As the utility program manager, she and her staff are responsible for managing long term access to the public right of way, most often through the grant of franchise agreements. She leads franchise negotiation and administration of telecommunications, wireless, electric and natural gas, pipeline and other franchise agreements on behalf of the city. She also leads the bureau administration of the city’s privilege tax (City Code section 7.12) and the utility license fee (City Code section 7.14). She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College.
Rebecca Gibbons, Program Manager, 503-823-5515
As the Broadband & Digital Equity 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 disproportionately 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 underserved and underrepresented populations.
Rana DeBey, MHCRC Community Grants Manager
Rana comes to the MHCRC with over seven years managing grantmaking programs in philanthropic organizations and 15+ 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.
Melvin Riddick, Franchise Utility Program Coordinator, 503-823-0066
Melvin began in the Bureau of Licenses before joining OCT 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.
Joshua Eddings, Analyst, 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.
Kim Daschel, Franchise Utility Program Coordinator, 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.
Bea Coulter, Policy Program Coordinator, 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.
Cinthia Diaz Calvo, Administrative Specialist, 503-823-2005
Cinthia Diaz Calvo is the Administrative Specialist for the Office for Community Technology and supports the Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission. Cinthia has 3 years of experience in employee engagement, change management and process improvement through her work with the City of Portland and has recent experience working to restart the Portland Utility board, which is responsible for ~750 million budget and highly controversial projects. “She’s a great strategist and fantastic at outcomes-based equity planning.” Prior to moving to Portland, Cinthia earned a bachelor’s degree in International Business at San Francisco State University. She enjoys water sports, making ice cream and is an active member of the community and board member at the Q Center and the Latino Advisory Committee for the Portland Police Bureau.
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