Nick was elected to the Portland City Council in a special election in 2008, and re-elected to a four year term in 2010.
Most recently, Nick served as Commissioner-in-charge of the Portland Housing Bureau and Portland Parks & Recreation. (As of February 2013, all City bureaus have been temporarily assigned to Mayor Hales.)
In 2010, Nick launched the Portland Housing Bureau, combining all the housing programs and functions of the city under one roof. The new bureau focuses on three priorities: building and preserving affordable homes, working to end homelessness, and expanding homeownership opportunities.
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 small 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 a dedicated community volunteer. He has served in leadership positions on the boards of the Oregon Cultural Trust, Volunteers of America, Oregon, and the Housing Authority of Portland (now Home Forward).
He also hosted Outlook Portland with Nick Fish, a public affairs show on KRCW.
Nick and his family live in Northeast Portland. Their daughter is a college sophomore; their son is a third grader in Portland Public Schools.
Nick is the proud recipient of the following:
• 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
staff for their efforts during the 2008 December weather emergency