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Nick was elected to the Portland City Council in a special election in 2008, and re-elected to a four year term in 2010.
As a member of the Portland City Council, Nick is dedicated to increasing government transparency and accountability while holding City bureaus to high standards of service to our community and stewardship of public funds.
Nick serves as Commissioner in Charge of the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services, and as Council liaison to Elders in Action, Age-Friendly Cities, the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), and Venture Portland, which supports small businesses in our community.
Previously, Nick served as Commissioner in Charge of the Portland Housing Bureau and Portland Parks & Recreation.
Nick ran for Council on a platform of bringing all the city’s housing programs and functions under one roof. The result was the new Portland Housing Bureau, focused on the needs of low-income families and individuals and built on a foundation of equity.
In 2011, Portland Parks & Recreation won the National Gold Medal for the best managed parks system in the nation.
Nick was born on September 30, 1958. He grew up in the rural Hudson River town of Millbrook, New York.
After graduating from Harvard, Nick worked as a legislative aide for Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank. He received a law degree from Northeastern University in 1986, and spent ten years representing health care workers in New York.
When Nick’s wife Patricia was offered a teaching position at Portland State University, the family moved to Portland.
Nick is passionate about civic engagement. He serves on the Advisory Council for Harper's Playground, and he has held leadership positions on the boards of the Oregon Cultural Trust, Volunteers of America, Oregon, and the Housing Authority of Portland (now Home Forward), and hosted Outlook Portland with Nick Fish, a public affairs show on KRCW. He is proud to serve as a volunteer judge each year in the We The People competition.
Nick and his family live in Northeast Portland. Their daughter is a college junior; their son is a fourth grader in Portland Public Schools.
Nick is the proud recipient of the following:
• 2013 City Visionary Award from Venture Portland
• The 2013 Lamplighter of the Year Award from Operation Nightwatch
• A 2012 Healthcare Champion Award from the Coalition of Community Health Clinics
• A 2012 Royal Rosarians Appreciation Award
• The 2012 Blanchet House of Hospitality Fr. Kennard Award
• The 2011 Low-Income Housing Champion award from the Community Alliance of Tenants
• The 2011 Fighting Spirit Award from Basic Rights Oregon, awarded to the Portland City Council
• A 2010 Celebrating Home award from Common Ground