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 Mičetić, President
Owner, Red Castle Games
Nidal Kahl, Treasurer
Gateway Area Business Association
Owner, Kahl Properties & Furniture Plus
Seile Tekle, Secretary
Historic Parkrose
Executive Director, Historic
Liz Smith, Vice President
St. Johns Boosters
Owner,
Bizzy Lizzy Social Media Marketing
Andy Frazier, At Large, Grants
Beaumont Business Association
Wealth Advisor, Frazier Wealth Management
Brian Alfano, Past President

Directors

Don Baldwin
Lloyd Community Association
Ice Rink Manager, Lloyd Center
Brad Lee
Midway Business Association
Owner, Wichita Puff’s Pub
Bridgid Blackburn
Central Eastside Industrial District
Co-Owner, Cargo
Stacey Lennon
Woodstock Community Business Association
Sales Rep, Payroll on Time
Nancy Chapin
82nd Avenue of Roses
Owner, TSG Services
Jorden Piraino
Sellwood Moreland Business Association
Attorney, Jorden Piraino LLC
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
Amy Theberge
Kenton Business Association
Owner, Revel Events
Jerry Harper
NW Industrial Business Association
Owner, Subway and Convenience Stores (two locations)
Matt Trenkle
Pearl District Business Association
Co-founder, Greenleaf Juicing Company
Roger Jones
Hawthorne Blvd. Business Association
President, Aetna Brokerage, Inc.
cameron whitten
Historic Mississippi Ave Business Association
Executive Director, Q Center
Eleni Kehagiaras
Stadium District Business Association
Area Director, N2 Publishing
Candee Wilson
Old Town Community Association

Venture Portland Staff

Brad James
Interim Executive Director
Joy Church
Catalytic Investment Initiative Director
Jacob Falkinburg
Communications and Member Services Director
Dane Fredericks
Business District Organizer
Cody Galloway
Business District Organizer
Calvin Hoff
Business District Organizer
Laura Kropf
Finance Manager
Jeff Lynott
Business District Organizer
Kathy Madore
Business District Organizer
Deborah Rochford
Business District Organizer