Venture Portland’s staff have diverse backgrounds with significant business district and non-profit management experience. They are passionate about preserving the unique character of Portland's neighborhood business districts.

Joy Church – Executive Director

Joy has been with Venture Portland since 2019. She brings over two decades of non-profit leadership expertise, having previous advocacy experience in the Bay Area and in Portland, since relocating to Portland in the early 2000’s. Joy’s political experience includes spearheading initiatives with Mayor Brown in San Francisco and organizing actions with former Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith, Congressman Blumenauer, and Governor Brown’s offices. Joy brings extensive HR, fundraising and finance, governance, media, and strategic planning skills to the organization. In her free time, Joy feeds her passion for food and theatre by volunteering on three boards and committees. She is honored to serve as Board President of the Portland Culinary Alliance. Joy is a true food enthusiast; having traveled on culinary trips to Central America, Asia, and Europe. Joy freelances for Eater Pdx and emcees the Classic Wine Auction’s Corks & Forks fundraiser. Previously, she was the food columnist for Yuuyake Shimbun, Oregon’s only Japanese/English newspaper. As of 2020, she has a new podcast called The Joy of Drinking, showcasing everything from tap water to tequila. You can follow Joy’s eating and imbibing escapades on Instagram @jcplayswithfood and @thejoyofdrinkingpodcast.

Jacob Falkinburg – Communications and Member Services Director

Jacob has been with Venture Portland since 2013. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Jacob has a diverse background that includes video production, marketing, non-profit administration and grantmaking with organizations like the Pew Charitable Trusts. A passionate advocate for Portland’s neighborhood business districts, Jacob has helped grow Venture Portland adding new grant programs, benefits and the Catalytic Investment Initiative. He currently manages the organization’s grants and training programs, marketing and communications. His graphic design can also been seen on business district posters, maps and promotional materials across the city. In his free time, Jacob enjoys bicycling, hiking, camping, snowboarding and performing locally with various bands.

Dane Fredericks – Training and Data Administrator

Dane has been with Venture Portland since 2017. Originally from Ithaca, NY, Dane previous experience includes health aide, valet, bookseller, and ILWU Local 5—the Powell’s Books workers union. Dane has worked as an Organizer for multiple districts, manages the massive amounts of data Venture Portland collects and helps manage Venture Portland’s Training Program. His favorite part about working at Venture Portland has been exploring and developing his talents and his proudest Venture Portland accomplishment has been the growth of the Foster Tasting Tour. In his free time, Dane enjoys reading, playing soccer, baking and volunteering. Recently, he has been exploring Portland’s pizza scene – his favorites being Scottie’s, Apizza Scholls, Life of Pie and Assembly.

Cody Galloway – Business District Organizer

Cody has been with Venture Portland since 2018. Cody is a native Portlander, and enjoys working at Venture Portland for the opportunity it provides him to help the neighborhoods he frequented growing up. Prior to his time at Venture Portland, he worked in a marketing agency environment. Some of Cody’s favorite business district projects are related to branding, creative production and communications. In his free time, Cody enjoys jogging with his partner and dog (an enthusiast Boxer).

Jeff Lynott – Business District Organizer

Jeff has been with Venture Portland since 2018. Originally from the Bay Area, Jeff previously worked in social services with youth struggling with behavioral and mental health issues. Jeff also spent several years as a volunteer supporting the Foster-Powell community. Jeff enjoys connecting with the people and organizations that make up the Business Districts he works in. In his free time, Jeff enjoys gardening (strong preference for NW Natives), taking neighborhood walks with his wife and daughter, camping, and catching the occasional happy hour at one of his district watering holes (what’s more glorious than a pint, patio and Portland sun?).