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The City of Portland, Oregon

Ted Wheeler

Mayor, City of Portland

main phone: 503-823-4120

Opinion line: 503-823-4127

1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 340, Portland, OR 97204

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Kristin Dennis

Chief of Staff

kristin.dennis@portlandoregon.gov

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CURRENT ROLE: Chief of Staff

PAST: Former Policy Director and then Chief of Staff for Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. Legislative Assistant to Oregon State Senator Richard Devlin. Law Clerk for Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost. Legal Intern at San Diego Unified School District. Elected to the Lake Oswego City Council at the age of 22 from 2007 to 2010, and served as Council President in 2010. Special Projects Manager at Denton Plastics, Inc. Member of the Oregon State Bar, law degree from University of San Diego School of Law, Managing Editor of San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN PORTLAND: Ox

 


Kyle Chisek

Director of Bureau Relations

kyle.chisek@portlandoregon.gov

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CURRENT ROLE: Igniting the bureaucracy to move the Mayor’s Agenda forward.

PAST: Mayor Potter’s Office and the Bureau of Transportation. I began my career in government as a Policy Manager in Mayor Potter’s office. By the end, my portfolio entailed the Office of Management & Finance, the budget process, infrastructure bureaus, and general problem solving. The most interesting moment was my stint as interim Chief of Staff while our Chief of Staff was on a Sister City delegation in Mutare, Zimbabwe in October 2008 and the economy began the Great Recession. I have a degree in political science and in history. And yet, I descended from the ivory tower of academia to take a stand and fight the good fight in the community.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN PORTLAND: Shigezo Izakaya – excellent food and great atmosphere located in the heart of downtown on the South Park Blocks. Bacon wrapped quail eggs.


Jennifer Arguinzoni

Director of External Affairs

jennifer.arguinzoni@portlandoregon.gov

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CURRENT ROLE: I serve as a key strategist, managing and cultivating external relationships, as well as coordinate community and external partnerships.

PAST: Ted Wheeler’s Transition Manager, leading policy discussions to help develop the mayor’s priority issues, Finance Director for Ted Wheeler’s mayoral campaign, and more than a decade of state and federal legislative experience in Georgia and Washington, D.C. B.A. in Political Science from Georgia State University.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN PORTLAND: Langbaan


Eileen Park

Communications Director

eileen.park@portlandoregon.gov

CURRENT ROLE: I lead and manage the Mayor’s internal and external communications, as well as serve as his chief spokesperson and media contact.

PAST: KOIN 6 CBS, WNCN CBS, ABC News. Graduated from DePauw University with a major in Communications and a minor in Political Science.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN PORTLAND: St. Jack on NW 23rd has the best burger in town.


Antoinette Edwards

Director of the Office of Youth Violence Prevention

antoinette.edwards@portlandoregon.gov

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Antoinette served as the first Diversity and Volunteer Services Director for the Oregon Trail Chapter for the American Red Cross. She has a Bachelors in education from Portland State University. She joins Mayor Wheeler's staff from working with Mayor Adams and Mayor Hales respective administrations. Among her proudest accomplishments: the Gladys McCoy Citizen Involvement Award in 2009, Social Justice Fund Northwest’s Jeanette Rankin Award for being a tireless lifelong activist in 2013, and the Equity Foundation's “Women Who Lead“ award in 2015. Antoinette founded the first Black PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) chapter in the nation. Antoinette lives in NE Portland and enjoys being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loves spoken word, reading, reading to children and the art of Feng Shui. 


Mustafa Washington

Operations Project Manager

mustafa.washington@portlandoregon.gov

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CURRENT ROLE: I assist in implementing the Mayor’s legislative agenda, and manage policy staff projects.

PAST: Executive Assistant to Mayor Charlie Hales. Warner Pacific University Masters of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN PORTLAND: My Kitchen


Tom Peavey

Policy Manager for the Office of Youth Violence Prevention

tom.peavey@portlandoregon.gov

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CURRENT ROLE: Policy Manager, Office of Youth Violence Prevention

PAST: City of Portland; Police Bureau (1973 – 2004), Office of Neighborhood Involvement (2004 – 2006), Office of Youth Violence Prevention (2006 – current). Washington State University, Bachelor’s of Science, Police Science Administration. 

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN PORTLAND: Miss Delta Restaurant


Cupid Alexander

Senior Advisor

cupid.alexander@portlandoregon.gov

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CURRENT ROLE: Policy development, engagement, oversight and implementation around housing, economic development and community involvement.

PAST: Portland Housing Bureau as a Senior Policy Analyst; Washington County Department of housing services as a program administrator of the shelter plus care program and occupancy specialist. Currently serves as National Association of Housing Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Pacific Northwest Regional Council Vice President, and President of the Urban League of Portland’s Young Professionals and Board Member. Recent Recipient of NAHRO’s National Emerging Leader award (2018). Executive Masters In Public Administration- Portland State University, Graduate Degree in Real Estate development – Portland State University, Bachelors In Business.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN PORTLAND: Kee’s Loaded Kitchen


Nicole A. Grant

Senior Policy Advisor

nicole.grant@portlandoregon.gov

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CURRENT ROLE: I serve as the Mayor’s Senior Policy Advisor on the arts and key public safety policy issues.

PAST: Office of Mayor Charlie Hales (Policy Analyst). Columbia Law School (J.D.), Yale University (B.A.) 

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN PORTLAND: Yama Sushi and Sake Bar


Andrea Valderrama

Senior Policy Advisor

andrea.valderrama@portlandoregon.gov

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CURRENT ROLE: Policy and administrative oversight in economic development, budget, housing, and equity issue areas. 

PAST: Commissioner Novick's Office as a Policy Advisor; Voz Workers' Rights Education Project as the Development Director. Currently Vice Chair on the David Douglas School Board. Executive Masters of Public Administration, Portland State University; Bachelor of Arts, University of Oregon

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN PORTLAND: Taco truck on 122nd & Stark


Robert King

Senior Policy Advisor

robert.king@portlandoregon.gov 

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CURRENT ROLE: Senior Public Safety Advisor

PAST: After 27 years in the Portland Police Bureau, I retired in 2018 as Commander of North Precinct. Over the course of my career, I worked with community members and law enforcement colleagues to create a space for encouraging diverse groups of people to navigate their differences and work together. I worked on a variety of assignments throughout my career including serving as a patrol officer, SERT officer, detective, patrol supervisor, and as PPA President. After an eight month-long retirement, I returned to public service as a safety officer for the Bureau of Development Services. I graduated from Portland State University.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN PORTLAND: Justa Pasta on 19th and NW Overton has the most amazing Italian food. 


Khanh Tran

Administrative Assistant

khahn.tran@portlandoregon.gov

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CURRENT ROLE: I serve as the Executive Assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff, Kristin Dennis.

PAST: U.S. Army. B.A. in Sustainable Urban Development from University of Washington.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN PORTLAND: Pok Pok


Aja Blair 

Executive Assistant to Mayor Wheeler 

aja.blair@portlandoregon.gov

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CURRENT ROLE: I serve as the Mayor’s Executive Assistant

PAST: Administrator at Mayapur Academy in West Bengal, India. Scheduler and Office Manager to Commissioner Nick Fish. B.A. in Arts & Letters from Portland State University

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN PORTLAND: My kitchen!


Seraphie Allen

Policy Advisor and Community Affairs Liaison

seraphie.allen@portlandoregon.gov

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CURRENT ROLE: Policy and administrative oversight in homelessness, livability, housing, Portland Children’s Levy and education policy issues. I also servee as the Mayor’s liaison for issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community.

PAST: B.A. in English and Gender Studies from Lewis & Clark College.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN PORTLAND: Mizu Sushi


Amy Rathfelder

Environmental and Sustainability Policy Advisor

amy.rathfelder@portlandoregon.gov

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CURRENT ROLE: Oversight of environmental and sustainability policy for the Mayor’s Office, as well as any appropriate community outreach and engagement.

PAST: OLCV and Renew Oregon, State of Oregon, Joe Trippi and Associates. Portland State University (Bachelor’s of Arts, Political Science/Public Service and Policy), The American University (Master’s of Arts, Political Communication—May 2019 completion).

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN PORTLAND: Many. Right now, I’m all about brunch at Genie’s.


Amanda Watson

Policy Advisor 

amanda.watson@portlandoregon.gov

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CURRENT ROLE: I am a Hatfield Resident Fellow working on environmental and sustainability policy.

PAST: National Endowment for Democracy, on Asia Programs; Research Associate at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Master in Public Policy (focus on climate policy), Harvard Kennedy School; BSFS in International Politics, Georgetown University

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN PORTLAND: Toss-up between Aviv and Neza Taqueria (food truck on SE 33rd and Hawthorne)


Trevaun Myrie

Constituent Services Specialist

trevaun.myrie@portlandoregon.gov

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CURRENT ROLE: As a Constituent Services Specialist, I support policy staff and provide services to constituents and work on various community engagement.

PAST: Mayor Hales Admin Support Specialist; Nike Creation Project Experience (NPCE); Plays soccer on a club team hosted by Timbers Army. Also known as DJ Myrie.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN PORTLAND:  Whiskey Kitchen


Sierra Ellis-Turpin

Constituent Services Specialist

sierra.ellis@portlandoregon.gov

CURRENT ROLE:  As a Constituent Service Specialist, I have the opportunity to communicate with Portland community members and hear from them directly about their needs. I also provide support to policy staff and work on community engagement efforts.             

PAST:  Resource Protection Program Assistant at the Portland Water Bureau, served as a State Intern at Senator Jeff Merkley’s Office, B.S. In Geography and a minor in Geographic Information Systems at Portland State University (Completion – September 2019).

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN PORTLAND:  Usually my kitchen. But, Jakes Famous Crawfish never disappoints and my newest find, Joy Bowl.


Adam Thompson

Videographer

adam.thompson@portlandoregon.gov

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CURRENT ROLE: I tell visual stories that showcase how the Mayor’s values and policies impact the community.

PAST: Photojournalist at KOIN-TV here in Portland. A.A.S. – Television Production Technology – Mt. Hood Community College (2003)

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN PORTLAND: Cubo De Cuba on SE Hawthorne