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Dan Saltzman

Commissioner, City of Portland

Phone: 503-823-4151

Fax: 503-823-3036

1221 SW 4th Ave Ste 230, Portland, OR 97204

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Meet the Team

Brendan Finn

Chief of Staff

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As Chief of Staff,  Brendan works closely with Commissioner Saltzman and his staff in overseeing the Commissioner's bureau portfolio as well as legislative matters before Portland City Council. Commissioner Saltzman is currently the Commissioner in Charge of the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Fire & Rescue. The Commissioner's office is also responsible for overseeing the Portland Children's Levy and the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services. Prior to these assignments Brendan served as Chief of Staff in Commissioner Saltzman's administrations overseeing the Portland Housing Bureau, Portland Parks and Recreation, Bureau of Environmental Services and the Portland Police Bureau.

Outside of his duties as Chief of Staff, Brendan plays an active role in the City of Portland’s Smart Cities Initiative, a cross-bureau collaborative focused on Portland’s leadership in utilizing technology to enhance the efficiency of city government services and economic opportunities for all Portlanders.  

Brendan was appointed Chief of Staff by Commissioner Dan Saltzman in 2005. Previous to this position Brendan served as a Bureau Liaison and a Policy Director for Commissioner Saltzman. He started with the Office of Commissioner Dan Saltzman in 1999. Brendan has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from State University of New York College at Buffalo and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University.

R. Lyne Martin-Modica

Scheduler & Office Manager

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R. Lyne Martin-Modica brings with her many years of government experience. Lyne has worked for former County Chair Gladys McCoy, Beverly Stein and County Commissioner Maria Rojo de Steffey. Lyne's daily task of keeping Commissioner Saltzman on time and on schedule can be anything but smooth, but she does so with ease, confidence and a sense of humor.

Lyne enjoys reading, traveling and cooking for family and friends.

Matt GrummMatt Grumm

Senior Policy Director

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Matt has been working with Dan since his first campaign for City Council. He assists the Commissioner in managing the Portland Bureau of Transportation and is a good contact for all transportation planning activities in our region. He's also the point of contact for issues pertaining to city utilities, short term rentals and general Portland government questions. Matt has also advised Dan on numerous city budgets and is an excellent resource for budget information.

Matt has a BA in Political Science from Southern Oregon University and dabbled in urban planning at Portland State University. He grew up in the heart of the Mid Willamette Valley, the sorely misunderstood and great town of Albany Oregon. While in college he interned for Senator Ron Wyden, and after moving to Portland in 1997, became very active in local politics. He is a rabid Portland Timbers fan and will also talk your ear off about the Blazers if you give him a chance. You have been warned.

Additional Liaison Responsibilities: METRO’s Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, Public Works Permitting processes.


Tia Williams

 Policy Director

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As Policy Director, Tia assists Commissioner Saltzman on a broad range of City legislative and policy issues. She serves as his liaison to Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services, and the Portland Children's Levy. She also manages the City's special appropriations competitive grants process as the Commissioner Saltzman's Staff representative.

Tia is a native Oregonian, born and raised in Salem. She graduated from Willamette University with a Bachelor's of Arts in Rhetoric and Media Studies with a focus on Political Communication. Prior to working for Commissioner Saltzman she worked as a Committee Assistant at the Oregon State Legislature, and as a staff assistant at the Boys & Girls Club in Salem, Oregon. Tia is passionate about issues affecting women and children, education, equity, housing and expanding economic opportunities for all portlanders.

Stacy Brewster 

Constituent Communications & Media Manager

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Stacy oversees constituent communications, social media and press for Commissioner Saltzman. He is the office’s liaison with the East Portland Action Plan and tracks issues pertaining to arts and culture, LGBTQ rights, elders, and the city’s ADA Title II compliance for people with disabilities.

Stacy is a published fiction writer and poet as well as a volunteer workshop facilitator with Write Around Portland, a non-profit that provides free writing workshops for those who would not otherwise have access to writing in community with others due to income, disability or other barriers. He is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a volunteer member of the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative based at Oregon Health & Science University.

Gene Yamamoto


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Gene is interning at Commissioner Saltzman’s office this summer as part of the Summerworks program. He helps with constituent calls, archiving files and other administrative tasks. Gene is also working on researching net neutrality and digital equity, and how these influence the city of Portland. 

Gene grew up in the Portland area and has recently finished up at the University of Oregon having majored in Asian Studies. He is also trilingual in English, Japanese and Chinese having grown up in a Japanese-American household, while also studying Chinese throughout his schooling career. He enjoys watching the Portland Timbers, playing a round of golf with friends and hiking in the Columbia Gorge.