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.


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.

Executive Committee

Eleni Gerding, President/Equity and Outreach Committee Chair
Stadium District Business Association
N2 Publishing
Nicole Tignor, Treasurer
Old Town Community Association
Old Town Coffee
Amanda Triskele, Secretary
Williams Vancouver Business Association
Unitus Credit Union
Eric Larpenteur, Vice President
Montavilla East Tabor Business Association

SVN – Imbrie Realty

Liz Smith, Past President
St. Johns Boosters
Bizzy Lizzy Social Media Marketing


Michael Chase
Raleigh Hills Business Association
MF Chase Websites

Ben Fisher
82nd Avenue Business Association
Foodi Menus

Danielle Deschenes
Foster Area Business Association
Danielle Deschenes Realtor

Beth Dillight
St. Johns Boosters
Dillight Group

Carolyne Holcomb
Central Eastside Industrial Council

Michael O’Rourke
NW Industrial Business Association
Calbag Metals