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
Samantha Montanaro, At Large, Community Engagement
Historic Parkrose
Owner, Prism House PDX
Brian Alfano, Past President
Vice President of Member Service, Unitus Community Credit Union


Don Baldwin
Lloyd Community Association
Manager, Lloyd Center Ice Rink
Murray Koodish
NE Broadway Business Association
Manager, Great Wine Buys
Eve Davis
Division/Clinton Business Association
Owner, In or Out Tax Services
Brad Lee
Midway Business Association
Becky Groffman
Belmont Area Business Association
Partnership Sales Rep, Gravity Payments
Jorden Piraino
Sellwood Moreland Business Association
Attorney, Jorden Piraino Law LLC
Esme Harbour
Williams Vancouver Business Association
Realtor, Living Room Realty
Allen Rowand
Foster Area Business Association
Owner, Gray Dog Digital
Jerry Harper
NW Industrial Business Association
Owner, Subway and Convenience Stores (two locations)
Liz Smith
St. Johns Boosters
Owner, Bizzy Lizzy Social Media Marketing
Roger Jones
Hawthorne Blvd. Business Association
President, Aetna Brokerage, Inc.
Candee Wilson
Old Town Community Association
Eleni Kehagiaras
Stadium District Business Association
Area Director, N2 Publishing

Venture Portland Staff

Heather A. Hoell
Executive Director
Jacob Falkinburg
Communications and Member Services Director
Evelyn Ferreira
Capacity Building Manager
Jody Francis
Catalytic Investment Initiative Manager
Dane Fredericks
Business District Organizer
Cody Galloway
Business District Organizer
Amy Hamdan
Business District Organizer
Calvin Hoff
Business District Organizer
Laura Kropf
Jeff Lynott
Business District Organizer