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 was married to Steve for over 32 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.
Tom Bizeau, Chief of Staff, has over 20 years' experience in government service in Oregon, including City, County, and Regional Planning. Tom is a graduate of Marylhurst College with a B.A. in Human Studies, and of Portland State University with a Master of Urban Planning. In the 1990s, for seven years he was an associate and senior planner in the City of Portland. He then managed transportation and water resource planning grants for the Rogue Valley Council of Governments. He was Assistant Planning Manager for Jackson County in Medford, and also worked as a planner in Salem. Tom is our lead on Protected Sick Leave, land use cases, and multiple other issues.
Tim Crail, Senior Policy Analyst, is our Labor liaison and co-liaison to Portland Parks & Recreation (particularly their Operations departments). Tim is a graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School and a member of the Oregon State Bar Association. He worked at the State Capitol in Salem as a Legislative Assistant for the 1995, 1997, and 1999 sessions. He was Amanda’s campaign treasurer, steering committee chair, and chief advisor during her City Council campaigns in 2006 and 2008, meeting the challenges of the initial runs of Portland's Public Campaign Financing system. For nearly ten years, Tim was a home-parent to his two children, volunteering at Markham Elementary School, including three years on the Site Council. He served on committees at Metro, SW Neighborhoods, Inc., City of Portland, and Portland Public Schools, and for nine years on the Multnomah County Planning Commission. Contact Tim if you have questions, comments, or concerns on the City budget, union bargaining, or State/Federal legislative agendas. Tim is also our office's primary press contact.
Patti Howard, Senior Policy Analyst, is Amanda's co-liaison to Portland Parks & Recreation, particularly its Planning and City Nature sections. Before joining the team in 2009, Patti served the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission for seven years as Water Quality Coordinator, and in 2008 managed contracts for the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership. She earned a B.A. in Biology & Anthropology from Grinnell College in Iowa, and an M.S. in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin. Please contact Patti if you have questions and/or would like to be involved on Parks planning or natural area strategies, or if you have concerns about the Mount Tabor Reservoirs since we will be partnering with Commissioner Fish to engage community members in deciding the future of the reservoirs.
Claire Adamsick, Senior Policy Advisor, utilizes her background in public involvement and communications to address constituent concerns and policy issues in Commissioner Fritz’s office. Prior to joining the Commissioner’s staff in 2015, Claire supported community-led committees on land use, transportation and livability at the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. A native Minnesotan, Claire has called Portland home for over a decade. She received her M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University. Following graduate school, Claire spent a year in Berlin, Germany on a public policy fellowship, working on societal revitalization and mobility initiatives at the United Nations Directorate of the German Federal Foreign Office. Claire is currently a member of the City’s Public Involvement Advisory Council (PIAC). When not busy chasing after her toddler, Claire can be found resolving disputes on the tennis court or serving as a volunteer mediator and facilitator for Resolutions Northwest.
Jasmine Wadsworth is your Policy Advisor and Constituent Services Specialist. She handles questions and concerns, and helps resolve community issues presented by phone, letters and walk-in visits. She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Political Science and minor in Communication. She enjoys attending Portland Trailblazer games, hiking and spending time with her family. Jasmine was born and raised in Portland and is passionate about helping our community anyway she can.
Cristina Nieves joined our team as Policy Advisor and Executive Assistant to the Commissioner and Chief of Staff in November 2013. She is the primary contact for scheduling, along with assisting with office management and research on specific policies. Previously Cristina worked in the office of Multnomah County Chair Marissa Madrigal. She worked on Oregon House Bill 3194, which offers incentives in the criminal justice system for local jurisdictions to reduce jail and prison use. Cristina is a graduate from 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 the office, she enjoys running long distance, and hiking trails.