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.
Dora Perry, Senior Policy Analyst, brings a passion for social justice and community activism to Commissioner Fritz’s Office. She is our liaison to the Bureau of Development Services. Her desire for social justice, equity and inclusion moved her to play a key role in the establishment of the Office of Equity & Human Rights, including serving as its Interim Director. Originally from Nigeria, she worked in programs covering housing and community development, human rights, and public health in Portland for many years. Dora started out as a Service Coordinator with the Housing Authority of Portland (now Home Forward) and then went on to serve as the manager for the Wells Fargo Mortgage Lending Center. She coordinated anti-crime and neighborhood reclamation programs for Operation Weed & Seed, a Department of Justice initiative. As the Programs and Operations Director of the African American Health Coalition she worked to address health disparities. She also implemented human rights programs at the Metropolitan Human Rights Center for the City of Portland. Dora is a graduate of the University of Washington (go Huskies!!) and completed graduate studies in Urban Planning at Portland State University, with concentration in Housing and Community Development. She is a former Commissioner of the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs, past President of the African Women’s Coalition, and past Vice President of the Center for Intercultural Organizing.
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.
Jasmine Wadsworth is your Constituent Service 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 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.