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POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Amanda Fritz Meet the Team
Commissioner Amanda Fritz

 

Commissioner Fritz with her family

Commissioner Amanda Fritz

 

Amanda's official title is Commissioner of Public Utilities, Position Number 1, but neither the "Public Utilities" part nor "Position Number 1" has any real meaning.   Born and raised in England, and a graduate of Cambridge University with a Master's degree in Biological Sciences, Amanda immigrated to the United States in 1979 at the age of 21.  She completed nursing training in Pittsburgh and spent four years in Rochester, NY, then realized that Portland is the best place in the world to live and raise a family, and moved here in 1986.  She worked evening shift for 22 years in inpatient psychiatry at OHSU, and served for seven years on the Portland Planning Commission, before winning election to the Portland City Council in November 2008.  She was the first candidate ever elected from the community using Portland's Public Campaign Finance system, and she remains committed to being the voice of community members in City Hall.  Amanda has been married to Steve for over 30 years, and they are the parents of Luke, Maxwell, and Ali -- all graduates of Portland Public Schools.  To relax, Amanda likes to scrub out graffiti, plant trees, and yell at football, soccer, and basketball games.