Contact: Shawn Uhlman, PDC, 503-823-7994

September 27, 2013

On Friday, Sept. 27, the Neighborhood Economic Development (NED) Leadership Group will hold its annual retreat. Among the topics the group will focus on are strategic planning, identification of key challenges for 2013-14 and welcoming newly appointed members.

Since its creation in late 2011, the NED Leadership Group has worked on a range of issues including assisting in the creation of an equity lens to guide PDC investment, the development of a new strategy for commercial corridor investment and providing insight and recommendations on the City of Portland 2013-14 budget investments in support of the Neighborhood Economic Development Strategy.

“Our goal with the NED Leadership Group was to create a diverse committee composed of community and business representatives who brought expertise in areas like business ownership, workforce development, finance, small business development, or redevelopment – as well as a passion for Portland,” said PDC Executive Director Patrick Quinton. “Their partnership and support on neighborhood economic development goals thus far has been invaluable.”

In June 2013 PDC staff recommended that the NED Leadership Group be augmented to include additional representatives from the existing neighborhood Urban Renewal Areas in northeast and outer east Portland. A city-wide call for nominations for new members went out in August. By the time the application process closed on Sept. 3, more than 40 nominations had been submitted. A nominating committee subsequently recommended the new members be added to the leadership group. See full roster below.

“As a resident and supporter of East Portland, I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of serving on this group,” said Annette Mattson. “I’m optimistic we can play a key role in advancing the Lents neighborhood and East Portland.”

“I’m honored to serve on the NED Leadership Group on behalf of the Urban League of Portland,” said Michael Alexander. “I’m eager to work with other city-wide leaders to close the equity gaps in North/Northeast and East Portland and work to create opportunities for all Portlanders.”


In May 2011, the Portland City Council adopted the NED Strategy which articulates how community partners, business leadership and public partners can use focused neighborhood-level actions to collectively foster economic opportunity and neighborhood vitality throughout Portland.

The role of the NED Leadership Group is to inform and demonstrate community-driven neighborhood economic development. The broad charge of the NED Leadership Group is to guide the implementation of the NED Strategy and to develop resources for the strategy’s actions.

Name Affiliation
1. Jessie Burke Posies Café/ Kenton Business Assn.
2. Fred Sanchez Realty Brokers/Gateway Area Business Assn.
3. James Armstrong Alberta Eye Care/Alberta Main St.
4. Duncan Hwang Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon/ Jade District NPI
5. Heather Hoell Venture Portland
6. Diane Coward Lineametrics, LLC
7. Karis Stoudamire-Phillips Moda Health, N/NE Community Leader
8. Herb Fricke Cooper Zeitz Engineers
9. Serilda McGee Kaiser Permanente
10. Alando Simpson City of Roses Disposal & Recycling, Inc./ Small Business Advisory Council
11. Annette Mattson Portland General Electric, East Portland Action Plan
12. Michael Alexander Urban League of Portland
13. Lew Frederick House District 43/ Northwest Ideas, LLC
14. Nick Sauvie ROSE CDC, East Portland Action Plan
15.Bob Earnest Gateway Community Leader, East Portland Action Plan
16. Adam Zimmerman Craft3
17. Carl Talton United Fund Advisors
18. Brian Alfano Unitus Bank/Venture Portland
19.  Teri Karren-Keith Albina Bank
20. Roslyn Hill Roslyn Hill Development
21. Tony DeFalco Verde
22. Ed McNamara* Mayor’s Office, City of Portland
23. Steve Messinetti Habitat for Humanity
24. Jonath Colon Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber
25. Nathan Teske Hacienda CDC
26. James Paulson Worksystems, Inc.
27. Rey Espana NAYA
28. Marc Goldberg Mt Hood Community College
29. Holly Whittleton SE Works, Inc.
30. Jerry Johnson Johnson/Reid LLC
31. Michele Reeves Civilis Consultants
32. Kimberly Branam* PDC
33. Joe Zehnder Bureau of Planning & Sustainability
34. Aneshka Dickson* PDC Board
35. Daniel Ledezma Latino Network; Bureau of Housing
* Ex Officio