POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Amanda Fritz Meet the Team

Bureau of Parks and Recreation

Liaison Responsibilities:
League of Oregon Cities
Metro Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC)
Visitor Development Fund Board (VDF)
Portland Parks Foundation
Cristina Nieves, Policy Advisor, 503-823-3990



Cristina Nieves is our Policy Advisor working on Portland Parks & Recreation matters, and Special Initiatives such as the Department of Justice's Settlement Agreement implementation, including participating on the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit Advisory Committee.  She led the successful collaboration with over 20 community groups in the adoption of Open and Accountable Elections, Portland's new public campaign financing program - to be effective for the 2020 City Council elections.  Cristina joined our team as Executive Assistant to the Commissioner in November 2013, after previously working in the office of then-Multnomah County Chair Marissa Madrigal.  While with the County, she worked on Oregon House Bill 3194 which offers incentives in the criminal justice system for local jurisdictions to reduce jail and prison use. She earned promotion to her Policy Advisor position within our team in 2016.  She supports Commissioner Fritz in the work with our community's shared commitment to police accountability and services for Portlanders experiencing mental health crises.  Cristina is a graduate of Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, with a Bachelors degree in Political Science. Her passion for service to the community and social equity drives her work in the city of Portland. Cristina completed the New Leadership Oregon program at Portland State University. Outside of her work with our office, she enjoys running long distance, and hiking trails.