Who We Are

From manufacturers to microbrewers, creative services to coffee carts and bike shops to bookstores, neighborhood business districts serve the diverse residents that call Portland home. Stretching from Rosewood to Sellwood, St. Johns to Multnomah Village and Columbia Corridor to Central Eastside Industrial, these critical commercial corridors employ Portlanders, grow the economy and meet regional, national and international demand for goods and services.

Neighborhood Leaders

Portland’s neighborhood business districts, like Venture Portland, are managed by a passionate group of volunteers working hard to make their businesses and communities succeed.  Leaders from diverse business districts make up the Venture Portland board of directors and contribute more than 1,000 volunteer hours annually in addition to the hours spent running their business districts and own businesses.

Venture Portland is a key partner in the city’s economic development efforts to create new jobs and stimulate neighborhood business vitality.  Venture Portland also supports the Portland Plan’s goal of ensuring access for all Portlanders to a healthy, connected neighborhood.

Board & Staff

Venture Portland is comprised of an all-volunteer board of directors and professional staff. The board is made up of delegates from member business districts that simultaneously serve on Venture Portland’s board and contribute to their business district while also working at their own businesses. Per the organization’s bylaws, directors are elected each April by Venture Portland’s membership. Venture Portland’s staff has significant business district and non-profit management experience.

Executive Committee

Matthew Micetic, President
Owner, Red Castle Games
Bridgid Blackburn, Vice President
Central Eastside Industrial District
Co-Owner, Cargo
Nidal Kahl, Treasurer
Gateway Area Business Association
Owner, Kahl Properties & Furniture Plus
Randy Bonella, Secretary
Multnomah Village Business Association
Executive Director, Multnomah Village Blocs Initiative
Andy Frazier, At Large, Grants
Beaumont Business Association
Wealth Advisor, Frazier Wealth Management
Liz Smith, At Large, Community Engagement
St. Johns Boosters
Owner, Bizzy Lizzy Social Media Marketing
Brian Alfano, Past President  

Directors

Don Baldwin
Lloyd Community Association
Manager, Lloyd Center Ice Rink
Jorden Piraino
Sellwood Moreland Business Association
Attorney, Jorden Piraino LLC
Nancy Chapin
82nd Avenue of Roses
Owner, TSG Services
Kate Sacamano
Williams Vancouver Business Association
Associate Director of Donor Relations, Friends of the Children
Eve Davis
Division/Clinton Business Association
Owner, In or Out Tax Services
Katie Swanson
NE Broadway Business Association
Accessories Buyer, Footwise
Becky Groffman
Belmont Area Business Association
Partnership Sales Rep, Gravity Payments
Seile Tekle
Historic Parkrose
Executive Director, Historic
Jerry Harper
NW Industrial Business Association
Owner, Subway and Convenience Stores (two locations)
Amy Theberge
Kenton Business Association
Owner, Revel Events
Roger Jones
Hawthorne Blvd. Business Association
President, Aetna Brokerage, Inc.
Matt Trenkle
Pearl District Business Association
Co-founder, Greenleaf Juicing Company
Eleni Kehagiaras
Stadium District Business Association
Area Director, N2 Publishing
cameron whitten
Historic Mississippi Ave Business Association
Executive Director, Q Center
Brad Lee
Midway Business Association
Owner, Wichita Puff’s Pub
Candee Wilson
Old Town Community Association
Stacey Lennon
Woodstock Community Business Association
Sales Rep, Payroll on Time
 

Venture Portland Staff

Heather A. Hoell
Executive Director
Joy Church
Business District Organizer
Jacob Falkinburg
Communications and Member Services Director
Jody Francis
Catalytic Investment Initiative Director
Dane Fredericks
Business District Organizer
Cody Galloway
Business District Organizer
Amy Hamdan
Business District Organizer
Calvin Hoff
Business District Organizer
Laura Kropf
Bookkeeper
Jeff Lynott
Business District Organizer
Deborah Rochford
Business District Organizer