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June 25, 2014

Tom Kelly

The Portland Development Commission (PDC) held its annual election of officers at its June 25 board meeting, and chose Tom Kelly, president of Neil Kelly Company, as the new board chair.

Kelly replaces outgoing board chair Scott Andrews, president of Melvin Mark Properties, who was first appointed to the PDC board in August 2008. Andrews’ five years as chairman comprise the second-longest tenure in PDC’s history, following founding board chair Ira Keller.

Joining Kelly as officers are Aneshka Colas-Dickson, Vice Chair; and John Mohlis, Secretary.

Kelly said, “I’m very proud to be the first second-generation member of the PDC board, and it’s truly an honor to follow Scott Andrews’ dedicated public service. I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners, PDC staff and our many partners and stakeholders in achieving a shared vision for the city.”

PDC Executive Director Patrick Quinton said, “Tom Kelly’s community service, business expertise and deep roots in North Portland are a real asset for PDC. We welcome his thoughtful leadership.”

Kelly has a long history of leadership in both his industry and in the community. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Homebuilders Association of Metropolitan Portland in 2008 and was honored with the Volunteers of America DePriest Award for community service in 2010. He was Mayor Charlie Hales’ first appointment to the PDC Board and began his term in January 2014. Kelly’s father, Neil, served as a PDC Commissioner from 1985-1990.