Commissioner Fish's Team
Chief of Staff
Sonia serves as Chief of Staff. In that role she leads the Fish Team and is primary liaison to City budget issues. She has held a variety of roles in the office, beginning as a temporary staff person in October 2008 and most recently serving as Policy Director. In 2012 and 2013, she was liaison to the Portland Housing Bureau, and was liaison to the Portland Water Bureau until assuming the role of Chief.
Sonia graduated from Boston University with a degree in International Relations and spent time at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., before returning to Portland in the fall of 2008.
She is a 6th-generation Oregonian, a Portland native, and a proud Grant High alum.
Jim Blackwood, Jr.
Senior Policy Director
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, 2012, and 2014 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.”
Scheduler & Office Manager
Aja is the executive assistant to Commissioner Fish. He manages incoming scheduling requests and the office budget. Previously, Aja served as our Constituent Services Specialist, acting as the first point of contact for office visitors and callers.
Aja is a graduate of Portland State University with a degree in Arts and Letters and a minor in Theater Arts. Before joining the Fish team in 2012, Aja worked for Starbucks Coffee Company 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.
Jamie serves as Policy Coordinator for the Commissioner, handling a broad range of City legislative and policy issues, as well as serving as liaison to Venture Portland and the small business community.
Jamie is a graduate of Portland State University, Portland Community College, and Grant High School. He began his career in public service in Portland nearly a decade ago. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Lents Neighborhood in Southeast Portland.
In his "free time," Jamie likes backpacking, camping, gardening, and playing music.
Favorite Quote: "No raindrop believes it's to blame for the flood."
Liam is a Policy Director and serves as the Commissioner's liaison to the Water Bureau. He also works on a variety of issues, including the Portland Harbor Superfund site.
Liam began his career in public service as a case manager for families and individuals facing eviction in San Francisco. Before joining our office in 2013, he worked on the policy team at the Portland Housing Bureau. Liam grew up in Wales, has lived in Mexico and Japan, and is a lifelong Swansea City soccer fan.
His favorite place to visit in Portland, at any time of the year, is the Lan Su Chinese Garden.
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
Constituent Services Specialist
Asena serves as the Constituent Services Specialist. She is the first person you will talk with when you call or visit our office. She also serves as the Commissioner’s liaison to the Office of Equity and Human Rights and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement.
Asena received her Bachelor's degree in International Studies, the Middle East, with a certificate in Contemporary Turkish Studies. She is currently obtaining her Master’s degree in International and Intercultural Conflict Resolution at Portland State University. Asena is a NEW Leadership Oregon alumna with the Center for Women's Leadership.
She has sincere appreciation and enthusiasm for diversity and cultural expression. During the summer, Asena enjoys having adventures on the Aegean coast of Turkey.
Favorite quote: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” ~ A. P. W. B. Dumbledore
Summer Intern: Community Service Aide
Kassamira serves as the Summer Intern and Community Service Aide for Commissioner Fish. She prepares and staffs the Commissioner at community events and engagements. She also handles other office duties such as conducting policy research, answering phones, and welcoming guests.
Kassamira is currently attending Santa Clara University in California. She is in the process of earning her degree in Political Science and Ethnic Studies with a minor in Women and Gender Studies.
She has a passion for social justice and enjoys trying new things. Her most recent adventures included skydiving and learning how to surf.
Multnomah Youth Commissioner
Lejla is the official elected liaison for the Multnomah Youth Commission (MYC). Her job is to communicate with Commissioner Fish about projects involving the MYC, as well as write monthly web stories, and participate in other special projects.
Lejla is a sophomore at Cleveland High School and is first generation American, born here in Portland. She is bi-lingual, and is fluent in English and Bosnian/Serbo-Croatian.
Lejla is passionate about school and her community. In her free time, she loves playing sports, including basketball, Taekwon-Do, tennis, and swimming. Lejla is a big Blazer fan. When not watching games and playing sports, she is exploring the city.