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 since City Commissioners lead whichever bureaus the Mayor assigns, and are elected citywide. 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 she and her husband Steve decided 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 Steven Edward Fritz MD for over 32 years, and they are the parents of Luke, Maxwell, and Ali -- all graduates of Portland Public Schools. Dr. Fritz was killed in a car crash on I-5 while driving to work at the Oregon State Hospital, on 9/24/14. His death, coupled with Amanda's advocacy, prompted the 2015 State Legislature to pass SB 921, the Fritz-Fairchild Act, requiring the Oregon Department of Transportation to install median crash barriers wherever needed on all Interstates in Oregon. Amanda is passionately and personally committed to both traffic safety for all road users, and appropriate health care services for people experiencing mental illnesses. She considers herself Your Voice in City Hall, and works hard to respond to Portlanders' concerns. She consistently advocates for spending taxpayers' money wisely to provide basic services, and in all decisions asks the question, "Who pays, who benefits, and is that fair?"
Tim Crail, Chief of Staff, is a graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School and a member of the Oregon State Bar Association. He has served on Amanda's team since before she was elected, and in City Hall since her first day of her first term. 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. Tim has served as Amanda's primary liaison to the Bureau of Emergency Communications and the Office of Cable Communications and Franchise Management (now the Office for Community Technology), as well as co-liaison to Portland Parks & Recreation. He is Amanda's Labor liaison. 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.
Tom Bizeau, Chief of Staff emeritus, has close to 30 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 has been Amanda's lead on Protected Sick Leave, land use cases, and other priority policy issues. He continues to serve Amanda's team and the people of Portland on a part-time basis, having earned honorable retirement status as of 9/14.
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. Claire is Amanda's lead liaison with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI). 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 Constituent Services Specialist with Policy Advisor authority. She handles most community questions and concerns, and helps resolve ssues presented by phone, letters and walk-in visits. Jasmine makes recommendations to our team on policy issues surfacing from constituent concerns. 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, and in 2015 has been promoted to assist with management and research on specific policies including the Department of Justice Settlement/mental health care initiatives, fossil fuel use, protection of bees and other pollinators, and multiple other initiatives. 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.
Pooja Bhatt joined the Commissioner’s staff in December 2015, and is now our lead liaison with Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R). Over the past twelve years, she has worked for nonprofits such as the Chalkboard Project and the United Way of the Columbia Willamette, and for labor organizations in Portland and in India. Her experience is in research, policy development and program implementation on issues such as education, employment, local and state tax structures, and health. She earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors and supporting Portland’s tasty eateries.