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 Council, Nick is dedicated to increasing government transparency and accountability, and he holds City bureaus to high standards of service 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: the Portland Housing Bureau, its mission and resources focused on the needs of low-income families, people experiencing homelessness, veterans, and older adults.
In 2011, Portland Parks & Recreation won the National Gold Medal for the best managed parks system in the nation.
Nick graduated from Harvard, and 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). He hosted “Outlook Portland with Nick Fish,” a public affairs show on KRCW, and 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 son is a fourth grader in Portland Public Schools; their daughter is a college junior.
Nick is the proud recipient of the following:
• 2013 City Visionary Award from Venture Portland
• 2013 Honorary Knighthood from Portland's Royal Rosarians
• 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
• The 2009 Reuse Visionary award from the School & Community Reuse Action Project (SCRAP)
• The 2009 Low-Income Housing Champion award from the Community Alliance of Tenants
• A Certificate of Outstanding Service to Organized Labor from the Northwest Oregon Labor Council
• The Chief Joseph Award from the Native American Rehabilitation Association (NARA)
• A letter of recognition from Portland Fire & Rescue Chief John Klum, presented to Nick and his staff for their efforts during the 2008 December weather emergency
• The 2008 Multnomah County Volunteer Award for his work on the Vital Aging Task Force
• The 2001 Mayor's Spirit of Portland Award for participating in the "Flight for Freedom"