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|About||Every day, I bring people together to solve the city's problems. As your City Commissioner, I'm proud I helped solve a lot of them. But are we done? Far from it.|
Nick was elected to the Portland City Council in 2008, and was re-elected in 2010 and 2014.
Nick currently leads the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau. Previously, Nick’s vision of bringing all the city’s housing programs under one roof resulted in the creation of the Portland Housing Bureau, which Nick subsequently led. Its mission and resources are specifically focused on the needs of low-income families, people experiencing homelessness, veterans, and older adults. Nick also led Portland Parks & Recreation, which, under his leadership in 2011 won the National Gold Medal for the best managed parks system in the nation.
Nick serves as council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the Portland Rose Festival Foundation. He also coordinates the city's work to clean up the Willamette River.
Recently, Nick championed two government transparency and accountability reforms of the city's utilities, a partnership with the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon (CUB) and the creation of Portland Utility Board (PUB), a citizen-led oversight body.
After Nick graduated from Harvard in 1981 he worked as a legislative aide for Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank. Nick received his law degree from Northeastern University in 1986, then spent ten years representing health care workers in New York before moving to Portland.
Nick is married to Patricia Schechter, a Professor of History at Portland State University. They are the proud parents of Maria and Chapin. Maria recently completed a Fulbright in Andorra. Chapin is in the Spanish Immersion program at Portland Public Schools and loves to play soccer.
After 20 years of living in Northeast Portland, Nick and his family recently moved to a rental apartment in the Goose Hollow neighborhood.
Nick is passionate about civic engagement. He has held leadership positions on the boards of the Oregon Cultural Trust, Volunteers of America,