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BikePortland has obtained biographies of the 13 Portlanders, and their substitutes, who’ve been chosen by council workplaces to take a seat on the Impartial District Fee. As we reported earlier this week, the duty of the fee is to organize and undertake a boundary plan for the 4 metropolis council districts as stipulated by the metropolis constitution reform authorised by voters final November.

Town obtained 279 purposes which have been scored on 4 standards:

  • Abilities and data to assist fee work
  • Dedication to advancing fairness
  • Means to help neighborhood engagement efforts
  • Connection to quite a lot of Portland’s communities

Town council will formalize the appointments on January twenty fifth. Listed below are the nominees:

Amanda Manjarrez

“I feel it’s important that we create districts that honor the distinctive experiences and identities throughout our various communities. My honest hope is that folk see themselves represented and really feel a way of belonging, risk, and pleasure about getting extra concerned as potential leaders and as voters of their new districts.”

Amanda brings inventive management and a deep dedication to social justice to her work as Director of Public Coverage and Authorities Affairs at Foundations for A Higher Oregon. A longtime advocate for racial fairness and good governance, she collaborates with Oregonians across the state to co-design, take a look at and champion system change methods that ship lasting impression for kids and households. Beforehand, Amanda served as the primary Director of Advocacy for the Coalition of Communities of Colour and Latino Community, the place she supported the group in establishing an Advocacy Division. She additionally served as Chief Strategist on the Heart for Civic Coverage in Albuquerque, NM the place she engaged in redistricting efforts in 2010. A 2016 graduate of Lewis & Clark Regulation College, she is at the moment a member of the New Mexico State Bar with a observe targeted on Election legislation and nonprofit advocacy.


Arlene Kimura

Hopefully, it will present the neighborhood members of East Portland that the Metropolis is admittedly focused on listening to their voice and take heed on their issues and produce some optimistic developments.”

Arlene Kimura was born and raised in Hawaii and lived Europe and San Francisco earlier than making Portland her dwelling in 1978. She is a long-time advocate for East Portland neighborhood members. Arlene has been concerned with many Metropolis of Portland processes, together with the East Portland Motion Plan and on the finances advisory committees for Metropolis of Portland’s Workplace of Civic Life, Parks and Recreation, Bureau of Transportation, and Prosper Portland. She is at the moment the board president of the Hazelwood Neighborhood Affiliation, the treasurer of the East Portland Neighbors, and a member on the Multnomah County Midland/Gregory Peak Libraries rework process drive in addition to Tri-Met’s Hazelwood Public Security Undertaking. In her free time, Arlene enjoys exploring completely different textile expressions, cuisines, gardening, pure areas, music, studying and touring.


David Michael Siegel

“I hope to assist accomplish what town has been discussing for over three a long time – how you can extra successfully and inclusively characterize the varied citizenry of Portland, and how you can extra effectively handle the organizational infrastructure required to run and serve a metropolis of Portland’s measurement.”

David Siegel, FAICP, retired after 42-years as a planner for a broad array of cities, counties and consulting corporations, serving a few years as an expert planner and supervisor for cities with metropolis managers and ward-based metropolis councils. He labored for Portland’s Workplace of Transportation below Earl Blumenauer, and as a mission guide to the Metropolis. David was a municipal planning commissioner and served as each President and Board member for the American Planning Affiliation (the nation’s skilled group for metropolis planning professionals) and for Inexperienced Empowerment, a Portland- primarily based worldwide environmental nonprofit group. He’s dedicated to creating Portland “town that works” … solely higher. David and his spouse elevate and prepare puppies for Information Canines for the Blind, and he’s a singer and guitarist for the native blues band, Huge Plans.


DaWayne Judd

“I’m excited by the chance to create fairness and illustration to the varied communities of Portland.”

DaWayne Judd was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and obtained a BA in Sociology and Economics from Haverford School and an MBA in Enterprise from College of Michigan earlier than transferring to Portland in 2015. He’s a small enterprise proprietor of B-Extra Administration, LLC and has labored for Fortune 500 corporations reminiscent of Columbia Sportswear, and Coldwater Creek. DaWayne serves as a board member for Black Govt Discussion board, Companions in Variety, Alia Improvements and Household Service, and the Oregon Northwest Regional Training Service District. In his spare time, DaWayne enjoys eating on Ethiopian meals at Enat’s, cognacs at Olive or Twist, catching up on neighborhood information at Champion’s Barber and visiting Broughton Seaside together with his Cane Corso named Zora Neale Hurston.”

Edie Van Ness

“I’m so excited to see this new Portland and wish to play an element in its success. If not me, then who? I don’t deserve the correct to query or problem insurance policies if I personally am unwilling to get entangled and serve.”

Edie Van Nes is a third-generation Portlander and longtime prison protection legal professional, primarily representing court-appointed shoppers who overwhelmingly grew up in underserved communities. Since returning to Portland post-law college, she has been concerned with many ladies’s causes, together with founding the primary and solely multi-industry girls’s enterprise listing, Edie’s Checklist (edieslist.com). Edie has been acknowledged by each the American Immigration Attorneys Affiliation and the Oregon Felony Protection Attorneys Affiliation for her work. She welcomes completely different views and enjoys working in a collaborative setting. Edie’s proudest title is spouse and mom. Between June and September, you’re most probably to seek out Edie doing her most favourite exercise, boating on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.


Joshua Laurente

“This endeavor will solely achieve success if we’re dedicated to participating with Portlanders the place they’re, being in neighborhood with them, and lifting up their voices as we draw the political boundaries that may unite our metropolis. If appointed, I imagine we will execute a community-oriented and equity-focused blueprint for innovating democracy that different cities can look to as a profitable mannequin of transformative democratic change.”

Joshua Laurente is a Pacific Islander raised and rooted within the indigenous CHamoru islands of Guam and the Marianas, who’re nonetheless resisting colonization by the USA. Josh has a grasp’s diploma in coverage advocacy and political improvement from Portland State College. He has spent the final yr offering direct help and outreach with houseless Portlanders as a Rider Ambassador, a Portland Streetcar pilot program looking for to be a non-security different to supporting public security on transit. Previous to that he was a state staff member with US Senator Jeff Merkley, in addition to an assistant supporting engagement at equity-focused agency Espousal Methods. In his personal time, Josh retains a membership on the Circuit gymnasium, volunteers with the Sunnyside Bathe Undertaking, and serves on the board of administrators at Subsequent Up, whereas additionally staying engaged in Guam’s youth-led decolonization motion.


Kari Chisholm

“I’m enthusiastic in regards to the historic alternative to listen to from Portland residents about how they wish to represented on Metropolis Council, and to attract maps that maximize political competitors and illustration of our distinctive and various neighborhoods and communities.”

Kari Chisholm has lived within the metropolis of Portland since 1997. Kari is the founder and president of Mandate Media, a Portland-based digital technique and political consulting agency. Since 2001, Kari has suggested over 300 candidates and elected officers in 32 states. He and his spouse additionally personal Cellar 503, an Oregon wine membership and small enterprise in Portland. In 2021 and 2022, Kari taught Digital Media Coverage and Politics on the College of Chicago’s Harris College of Public Coverage the place he additionally serves on the bipartisan political digital working group that has proposed regulatory reforms in digital marketing campaign practices. In 2001, Kari served on the residents’ fee that suggested the Metro Council on its post-Census 2000 redistricting effort.


Lamar Smart

“I’m excited to create an inclusive course of and to interact community-based organizations.”

Lamar Smart started his lifetime of advocacy working for the Oregon Scholar Affiliation as their Legislative Director in 2015 and finally grow to be the Govt Director in 2017. Throughout his time at OSA he targeted preventing again tuition will increase, rising psychological well being providers on campuses and empowering college students to be concerned within the electoral course of. Lamar then transitioned to working for Oregon AFSCME as a Political Coordinator in 2019 the place he has targeted on preventing for financial justice to all working households. Since then, Lamar has been appointed to varied boards together with ACLU of Oregon, Group alliance of tenants motion Fund, Our Oregon, Security and Justice PAC board, and The Governor’s Racial Council. By way of Lamar’s neighborhood involvement, he has fought for alternatives for Portlanders and Oregonians to have a voice in authorities selections that may have an effect on them.


Melody Valdini

“My targets could be to share my data of how different cities and nations have drawn related districts and to create essentially the most truthful and equitable districts for Portland.”

Melody E. Valdini is a professor within the political science division at Portland State College in addition to the co-editor of the Journal of Ladies, Politics & Coverage. Her analysis focuses on the implications of institutional design, with a specific concentrate on electoral techniques, political events, and illustration. She has printed within the American Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis Quarterly, Electoral Research, and Politics & Gender, and is the writer of two books: The Character of Democracy: How Establishments Form Politics (with Richard Clucas) and The Inclusion Calculation: Why Males Applicable Ladies’s Illustration (each printed by Oxford College Press). In 2020, her most up-to-date ebook, The Inclusion Calculation, was chosen because the winner of the Victoria Schuck Award by the American Political Science Affiliation, which acknowledges one of the best ebook printed on girls and politics within the earlier yr. She has lived in Portland for sixteen years and spends her free time watching elections world wide, using bikes together with her husband and two daughters, and catering to 2 demanding cats.

Neisha Saxena

“The work of implementing the suggestions of the Metropolis of Portland Constitution Fee is a important alternative to revamp Metropolis authorities towards attaining the objective of a multiracial democracy.”

Neisha Saxena (She/Her) serves because the Deputy Director and Civil Rights Administrator for the Multnomah Workplace of Variety and Fairness. Previous to this position, she labored within the Division of County Human Companies the place she managed the Anti-Poverty Initiatives Group devoted to modern approaches to dismantling the basis causes of poverty and systemic racism. Previous to working at Multnomah County, Neisha lead a staff at House Ahead and was a civil rights lawyer for 15 years, at Incapacity Rights Oregon and Authorized Help Companies of Oregon, specializing in housing, employment, and public advantages legislation. She was a founding member of the Portland Honest Housing Advocacy Committee, the Portland Fee on Disabilities, and has served in management roles on the Oregon State Bar Affirmative Motion Committee and Incapacity Regulation Part, the House Ahead 504 Board, the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities, the PPS Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Enrollment and Switch and Districtwide Boundary Advisory Committee, amongst many different boards and commissions. Neisha is a local of Chicago, raised in a South Asian immigrant household. She has a JD from Georgetown College Regulation Heart and a BA, magna cum laude, from Wellesley School.


Paul Lumley

“I’m enthusiastic about guaranteeing a good course of is applied to create the 4 new districts, in addition to guaranteeing a clear and inclusive course of.”

Paul Lumley has resided in Portland for 30 years and is the Chief Govt Officer for the Native American Youth and Household Heart (NAYA) and a citizen of the Yakama Nation. He got here to NAYA in 2016 after being the Govt Director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Fee (CRITFC) since 2009. Mr. Lumley served as Govt Director of the Nationwide American Indian Housing Council in Washington DC from 2007 to 2009. Whereas additionally in DC, Paul served because the Senior Tribal Liaison for the U.S. Division of Protection from 2004-2007. Paul has served because the Chair of the Coalition of Communities of Colour and continues to collaborate with community-based organizations. Paul has a wide-ranging background on points that immediately impression American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. He has labored immediately with tribal governments, tribal consortia, nearly all federal companies impacting Indian nation, and Native American nationwide and regional organizations all through his skilled profession. Expertise areas embody schooling, housing, social providers, tribal treaty rights, and environmental safety and restoration. In his spare time, Paul likes to hike and make pies.


Sharon VanSickle-Robbins

“As a local Portlander who loves this Metropolis, I imagine the work of this advisory physique to deal with longstanding challenges with our mannequin of presidency and to supply equitable illustration throughout the whole neighborhood is lengthy overdue. I imagine this work shall be transformative.”

Sharon VanSickle-Robbins is a lifelong Portlander and is obsessed with guaranteeing that the range of our neighborhood is mirrored within the management of the organizations she works with and that their missions are inclusive. Sharon earned a B.A. in advertising and marketing and journalism from the College of Portland. She started her profession working at Willamette Week, after which in public relations for Tektronix. In 1983, she cofounded KVO Promoting and Public Relations and helped lead the agency for 20 years. In 2000, they bought KVO to Fleishman-Hillard Worldwide Communications (FH), one of many world’s largest public relations companies. Sharon led the FH workplaces in Portland and Seattle. She now devotes her vitality and expertise to supporting a variety of neighborhood organizations together with, the Worldwide Ladies’s Discussion board/Oregon, Metropolis Membership of Portland, Deliberate Parenthood Columbia Willamette and Deliberate Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, Self Enhancement, Inc., Thomas Edison Excessive College, the Scappoose College District, Sauvie Island College, Portland metropolitan space’s Regional Arts & Tradition Council, and the Oregon Entrepreneurs Discussion board.


Steve Fleischman

“We stay in a time the place so many forces political, technological, financial, and cultural tear us aside and encourage us to be self-interested. The brand new type of authorities we have now chosen on this half election gives a possibility to construct anew on a imaginative and prescient of democracy that values and consists of all. I’d wish to play a small half in implementing that imaginative and prescient effectively.”

Steve Fleishman has been an proprietor/operator of a number of companies, together with his present consulting observe at Change Dynamics, LLC, a center and highschool social research trainer, director of a global civic schooling mission that labored in additional than two-dozen nations in Africa, Asia, Central America, and Japanese Europe, and an government in three schooling nonprofits–together with as CEO of Portland-based Training Northwest. Steve serves on the boards of the Metropolis Membership of Portland and NWEA. As a baby of immigrant mother and father to the U.S. and Latin America, whose first language is Spanish, and who moved to this nation within the fourth grade, Steve has private perception into the challenges confronted by people who should not members of a dominant group or tradition, and who search to be affirmed by and included in democratic processes. Coming from a special society, he realized about American society and tradition as an outsider and has developed a deep attachment to democracy and social justice. Steve believes that the brand new Portland type of authorities is a singular and thrilling experiment to assist excellent native democracy by being extra inclusive and extra consultant of the views and aspirations of all of our residents.


Alternates member nominees are: Marta Hanson, Ransom Inexperienced III, and Sohrab Vossoughi. The reserve alternate member nominees are Brian Wilson, Sarah Thompson, and Weston Koyama.

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