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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

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Meet the Team

Sonia Schmanski

Sonia Schmanski

Chief of Staff

sonia.schmanski@portlandoregon.gov

503-823-3592

Sonia serves as Chief of Staff. In that role she leads the Fish Team and is primary liaison to City budget issues. She has held a variety of roles in the office, beginning as a temporary staff person in October 2008 and most recently serving as Policy Director. In 2012 and 2013, she was liaison to the Portland Housing Bureau, and was liaison to the Portland Water Bureau until assuming the role of Chief.

Sonia graduated from Boston University with a degree in International Relations and spent time at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., before returning to Portland in the fall of 2008.

She is a 6th-generation Oregonian, a lifelong fan of the World Champion Chicago Cubs, a Portland native, and a proud Grant High alum.


  

Todd Lofgren

Senior Policy Director

Todd.Lofgren@portlandoregon.gov

503-823-3594

Todd serves as Senior Policy Director for the Commissioner, including lead liaison to Portland Parks & Recreation.

Todd has 20 years of experience managing public, non-profit and private initiatives in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to joining Commissioner Fish’s team, Todd spent two years living and working in Morocco, promoting economic development initiatives. Todd was a leader in creating public-private partnerships with Portland Parks & Recreation from 2007 to 2015. Prior to this work, Todd worked with the US Agency for International Development in Washington DC with a focus on Africa. He was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa, and worked at a refugee resettlement agency in Tucson, Arizona. Todd has a Master's in Public Administration and Policy from The University of Arizona.

In his free time, Todd enjoys recreating with his family and friends in Portland parks and community centers, as well as hiking, fishing and skiing in Oregon's mountains and forests.


 

Jamie Dunphy, Policy AdvisorJamie Dunphy

Senior Policy Director

jamie.dunphy@portlandoregon.gov

503-823-3599

Jamie serves as Senior Policy Director for the Commissioner, including lead liaison to the Bureau of Environmental Services.

Jamie is a graduate of Portland State University, Portland Community College, and Grant High School. He began his career in public service in Portland nearly a decade ago. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Lents Neighborhood in Southeast Portland.

In his "free time," Jamie likes backpacking, camping, gardening, and playing music.

Favorite Quote: "No raindrop believes it's to blame for the flood." 


Asena Lawrence

Policy Director

asena.lawrence@portlandoregon.gov

503-823-3598

Asena serves as Commissioner Fish’s Policy Director and is committed working with an equitable and intersectional lens. In her role, she serves as liaison to Venture Portland, Elders in Action and the older adult community, the Office of Equity and Human Rights, the Office of International Relations, and Civic Life.  She also works closely with the equity teams from the Commissioner’s two bureaus: Portland Parks & Rec and the Bureau of Environmental Services.

Asena is completing her Masters degree at Portland State University, in Conflict Resolution: Structural Peacebuilding and Development. As a NEW Leadership alumna from the Center for Women’s Leadership, Asena serves on the Alumnae Committee as Chair Emeritus.

During the summer, Asena enjoys having archaeological adventures on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts.  

Favorite quote: “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” – Audre Lorde


Everett Wild

Policy & Communications Advisor

everett.wild@portlandoregon.gov

503-823-3358

Everett serves as Policy and Communications Advisor, managing the Commissioner's strategic and constituent communications.

He studied Environmental Politics at Whitman College and has taken part in public service for most of his life, working on issues in Clackamas County.

When he's not at City Hall, Everett enjoys spending time outdoors in his home state, enjoying everything Oregon has to offer.


Mariana Garcia Medina

Office Manager, Scheduler, and Policy Advisor

Mariana.GarciaMedina@portlandoregon.gov

(503) 823-3605

Mariana serves as the Commissioner's Office Manager, Scheduler, and Policy Advisor. She is a recent graduate from Portland State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. Mariana is passionate about her community, civic engagement, and social justice. Her goal is to work in policy and advocate for underserved communities.

Throughout her time at Portland State, Mariana held many leadership positions, including Director of Las Mujeres, a Latina empowerment organization, and student ambassador. She also had the opportunity to intern with the Oregon Latino Agenda for Action, Office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer, and the Center for Women’s Leadership. As a McNair Scholar, she completed her research on Crimmigration. She currently serves on the Alumnae Board for the Center for Women’s Leadership.

 Mariana loves to explore new places, try new foods, and dance at every opportunity.


Betsy Ruth Quitugua

Constituent Services Specialist

betsy.quitugua@portlandoregon.gov

(503) 823-3597

Betsy serves as the Commissioner’s Constituent Services Specialist. She is the first person you'll see when you visit the Fish office. Betsy works on constituent communications, she writes web-stories for the Commissioner's website, and works on multiple issues that address our office.

She is a student at Portland Community College and Portland State, working on her undergraduate degree in engineering. Betsy is on the leadership committee for the Hapa, Asian, and Pacific Islander Affinity group of Portland. And a member of Portland State's Pacific Islanders' Club.

On her days off, Betsy enjoys exploring Oregon's great outdoors, reading poetry, and dancing for Teva Oriate Polynesian Dance Troupe.


Sheila Panyam

Intern

Sheila.Panyam@portlandoregon.gov

(503) 823-4367

Sheila is an intern in Commissioner Fish’s office and will be focusing on policy research and general support of the Fish Team.

Sheila is a graduate of Lincoln High School and has finished her first year in the University of Washington (UW) honors program. She studies philosophy and classics. Currently, Sheila competes on the UW’s mock trial team, and dreams of going to law school and becoming an attorney.

Sheila’s interest in governance comes from competing on her high school’s Constitution team and debate team. She helped lead a nonprofit that taught free, bilingual American history classes for immigrants seeking citizenship. She has worked extensively with the Children’s Book Bank to help bridge the ‘booklessness’ gap.

In her free time, Sheila loves to write novels, play the guitar, and spend time with family. Her favorite authors are Michael Crichton, Scott Lynch, Victoria Schwab, J.K. Rowling, and Alexandre Dumas. She is the author of the 2017 novel The Torch in the Shadows.


 

Lejla Biberic, Multnomah Youth Commissioner

Lejla Biberic

Multnomah Youth Commissioner

Lejla is the official elected liaison for the Multnomah Youth Commission (MYC). Her job is to communicate with Commissioner Fish about projects involving the MYC, as well as write monthly web stories, and participate in other special projects.

Lejla is a junior at Cleveland High School and is first generation American, born here in Portland. She is bi-lingual, and is fluent in English and Bosnian/Serbo-Croatian.

Lejla is passionate about school and her community. In her free time, she loves playing sports, including basketball, Taekwon-Do, tennis, and swimming. Lejla is a big Blazer fan. When not watching games and playing sports, she is exploring the city.