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.
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 January 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 a member of the City’s Public Involvement Advisory Council (PIAC), and she also leads our work on planning and housing/houselessness issues. 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. She is on parental leave through March 2017, grateful for the policy passed by the Council (at the urging of our office) providing paid time at home for both parents following the birth, fostering or adoption of a new child in the family.
Cristina Nieves is our Policy Advisor working on Special Initiatives, such as liaison with the Department of Justice's Settlement Agreement implementation, and research and implementation for new policy proposals. She led the successful collaboration with over 20 community groups in the adoption of Open and Accountable Elections, Portland's public campaign financing program. She also assists with Parks issues. 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. 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 in 2016, and was the lead staff on our successful initiative to establish the new-to-Portland public campaign financing program of Open and Accountable Elections. She also supports Commissioner Fritz in the work with the community's shared commitment to police accountability and services for Portlanders experiencing mental health crises. 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 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.
Justine Broughal joined our team in February 2016 and is our part-time Policy Assistant. She was then an undergraduate student at Portland State University, studying Political Science with a Public Service Emphasis. Since moving to Portland in 2013, she has been involved with local nonprofits as a volunteer at The Family Room Oregon and Bridgetown Night Strike. Justine is a member of the PSU feminist community, and has served as a mentor for the University’s Girl Power senior capstone. In her free time, she enjoys planning – events, meals, vacations, and the like – anything with a Pinterest board and a spreadsheet.
Goldann Salazar joined the Commissioner’s team as Executive Assistant in March 2016. She is responsible for organizing the Commissioner’s day to day calendar and is the primary contact for scheduling. Prior to joining the Commissioner’s office, Goldann worked at the National Crime Victim Law Institute to improve victims’ rights in the court. While interning at the Center for Intercultural Organizing, she worked to increase the number of underrepresented registered voters in Oregon. She also served as an AmeriCorps Vista in the Summer Youth Connect Program, a city wide initiative to promote high school and career readiness for opportunity youth in the Office of Mayor Sam Adams. She is passionate about social equity, public service, and education and government accessibility. Goldann was born and raised in Portland, graduating from Madison High School. She then went on to graduate from Lewis & Clark College with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering for various civic engagement organizations, running, traveling to new places, and spending time with her family and friends.
(Natalie) Janine Gates joined the Commissioner’s staff in November 2016 as your Constituent Services Specialist. She is the first person you will see when you enter our office and the first person you will talk with if you call 503-823-3008. She works hard to help you feel welcome. Prior to joining our team, Janine worked for a small local start up and with Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman and then-Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen. She is passionate about social justice, startups, higher education, and environmental sustainability. She was born and raised in Portland, graduating from De La Salle North Catholic High School, and is a graduate of Spelman College and American University. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, comedy, reading, and dancing.