Commissioner Fish's Team
Chief of Staff
Hannah serves as the Chief of Staff to Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish. She assists in the management of the Commissioner’s assigned bureaus and the Commissioner’s staff. She also serves as his senior advisor on a range of policy issues.
She previously worked for Mayor Katz as her liaison to the Planning Bureau, established the City’s Measure 37 program, and completed an analysis of the City’s tree Code. She received her Master’s degree in German & European Studies from Georgetown University.
Hannah loves international travel, speaks fluent German and conversational French, and counts choral singing and ballroom dancing among her favorite pastimes.
Favorite Quote: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~Mary Oliver
Jim Blackwood, Jr.
Jim serves as a Policy Director for our office, and is the Commissioner's primary liaison to the Bureau of Environmental Services. He also serves as liaison to a number of non-portfolio bureaus.
Jim is passionate about the great variety of live music in Portland, is a sports car racing fan, and is an avid gardener.
He is a proud, lifelong fan of the 2010 and 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants.
Favorite Quote: “They do not dwell in remorse about the past, nor do they brood about the future: they abide in the present: therefore are radiant.”
Constituent Services Specialist
Aja serves as the Constituent Services Specialist for Commissioner Fish. He is the first point of contact for office visitors and callers. Aja supports staff for the Commissioner's liaison responsibilities to the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement.
Aja is a graduate of Portland State University with a degree in Arts and Letters and a minor in Theater Arts. Aja comes to us from Starbucks Coffee Company where he worked for the last eight years, with the last two and half as a store manager in downtown Portland.
Aja has a passion for travel, a flair for cooking spicy food, and a love for the city of Portland.
Liam is a Policy Coordinator in our office and serves as the Commissioner's liaison to Venture Portland as well as working on a variety of issues, including the Portland Harbor Superfund site.
Liam comes to us from the Portland Housing Bureau and recently graduated from Portland State University with a Masters in Public Administration. He grew up in Wales, has lived in Mexico and Japan, and is a lifelong Swansea City soccer fan.
Liam loves to garden and write country music in his spare time.
Scheduler & Office Manager
Mila is the executive assistant to Commissioner Fish. She manages incoming scheduling requests and the office budget. Her previous experience includes extensive work in City Hall in the areas of scheduling and international diplomacy. She has coordinated official City delegations to Guadalajara, Mexico; Suzhou, China; Bologna, Italy; and Mutare, Zimbabwe. Mila attended Portland State University and Minzu University of China in Beijing. She has a degree in Anthropology with a foreign language minor in Mandarin.
Mila is originally from Alaska, and moved to Oregon in 1994.
Favorite activities: traveling, hiking, and tending to her garden.
George serves as the Commissioner's Public Advocate. He is the liaison to the Disability Commission, Elders in Action, the Small Business Advisory Council, the Northwest Oregon Labor Council, Age Friendly Cities Advisory Council, Faith Community, and a variety of other community groups. George has over thirty years of Federal Government experience with significant time spent in Africa, South America, and the South Pacific. He has worked in diversity management consulting, and recently served as an administrative Pastor in the faith community.
George is a graduate of Howard University and the U.S. State Department's nine month Senior Seminar. George enjoys several outdoor sports as well as the great restaurants and jazz music venues of Portland.
Favorite Quote: "Everyone has the right to make his own decisions, but none has the right to force his decisions on others."
Claim to Fame: Marched in Washington D.C with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Constituent Relations Coordinator
Jenny serves as the Commissioner's Constituent Relations Coordinator, responding to constituent questions and concerns.
She serves as liaison to the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Portland'5 Centers for the Arts (formerly PCPA), and other arts organizations.
Jenny has a degree in Sociology and Spanish from Pacific University, and a Masters in Public Administration from Portland State University, with a focus on public outreach and communication. She is a lifelong Oregonian, growing up on the Oregon coast in Newport.
Favorite quote: "A government can be no better than the public opinion which sustains it." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
Sonia is a Policy Director in our office, and is the Fish Team liaison to the Portland Water Bureau. Sonia graduated from Boston University with a degree in International Relations, and most recently worked at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
Sonia is a Portland native, an Oregon coast regular, and a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan.
Favorite movie: Jurassic Park