Tim Crail, Chief of Staff, is a graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School and a former 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 has been Chief of Staff for six years. Before City Hall, 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 Bureau of Environmental Services, union bargaining, or State/Federal legislative agendas. Tim is also our office's primary press contact.
MeeSeon Kwon is the Executive Assistant to Commissioner Fritz, and she coordinates the Commissioner’s calendar and meeting requests. She is also our Policy Advisor on Environmental issues, Government Relations, and Transportation. MeeSeon’s background involved fine and performing arts before she pursued her degree in political science from the Honors College at Portland State University (PSU). She is also a graduate of the New Leadership Oregon program at PSU. She has held various positions working in federal, state, and local government, on political campaigns, and in community organizing and advocacy. MeeSeon is passionate about helping institutions serve their communities, and her volunteerism has ranged from serving as a court-appointed advocate for children in foster care, as a crisis support advocate for survivors of sexual assault and violence, and on various boards and commissions. In her free time, MeeSeon loves being an aunt to the best nieces and nephews, spending as much time as she can outdoors, and getting back into drawing.
Cynthia Castro, Senior Policy Advisor, is liaison to the Office of Equity and Human Rights projects, and leads other Strategic Initiatives including Land Acknowledgement with Tribal Relations Director Laura John, and Pay differential for language skills with Yesenia Carrillo. She previously spent nearly five years with Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), lately as the Recreation Supervisor of the Charles Jordan Community Center; earlier implementing Mayor Charlie Hales’ Community Center Initiative to engage at-risk youth; and in policy work regarding bureau-wide equity, smoke and tobacco-free parks, and PP&R’s strategic plan. She has championed equity through her involvement with the City’s Diverse and Empowered Employees of Portland (DEEP), Unidos Latinos Americanos City Employee Affinity Group, PP&R’s Fostering Equity Support Team (FEST), and Portland World Cup Soccer Program. Cynthia also brings a background in public health, research, and nine years of experience as a collegiate coach and athletics administrator. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Arizona State University, and Master of Public Health from Oregon State University. She enjoys spending time with her family, sports, baking, and exploring the outdoors.
Astrid Dragoy, Senior Policy Advisor, serves as the liaison with the Portland Water Bureau. In previous roles, Astrid has served both local and regional government as a Natural Resource Lands Manager at the City of Portland, Portland Parks & Recreation bureau and as the Planning and Development Services Supervisor at Clean Water Services. She also has considerable time in the private sector working as a natural resource consultant on large planning and design projects. Astrid has served on various boards and councils in positions as member and as ex-officio. She is experienced in the role of advocacy and is passionate about disability rights. Astrid holds a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Regional Planning from Washington State University. She has lived abroad, travelled extensively and enjoys meeting new people, exploring new cultures and places.
Ricardo Lujan-Valerio has joined our team to assist with policy work while my longtime staff transitions to other jobs, and he is Commissioner-elect Carmen Rubio’s Transition Liaison. Ricardo’s background covers immigration, education, election, and criminal justice policy. He previously served as Director of Advocacy at Latino Network, Policy Associate for the ACLU of Oregon, and as Legislative Director for the Oregon Student Association. Ricardo has been a leader in the passage of various state legislative priorities, such as HB 2015 (Driver Licenses for All) and SB 1008 (Youth Sentencing Reform). Most recently, he was a co-architect of the Oregon Worker Relief Fund, a multi-million-dollar disaster relief program for Oregon’s immigrant community. He served as Vice Chair of the Open and Accountable Elections Commission. He was born in Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico, and graduated from Southern Oregon University with a BS in Business and a certificate in nonprofit management. Rico is my liaison to Portland Parks and Recreation, and also assists on other policy initiatives such as the South Reach Plan.