Board of Governors




Kourtney Nelson, President

Kourtney Nelson has served on the Board of Governors since 2013. Kourtney joined City Club in 2009 and immediately became active with the New Leaders Council, which she went on to chair for two years. She works for 3Degrees Inc, a B Corp that advises entities on how they can fight climate change. Kourtney owns The Growler Guys, a craft beer bar in SE Portland with her husband. A graduate of the University of Portland, she has lived in Portland for more than 20 years and currently resides in SE Portland with her husband, their labradoodle named Tabor and their new daughter.

Sel Nutor, President-Elect

Sel Nutor joined Bank of the Cascades in 2013 and prior to that was employed by JP Morgan Chase. He is responsible for branch operations, small business and retail banking in Portland. He has over 15 years of banking experience with a diverse background in commercial and retail banking, sales development, commercial lending and risk management. Sel has held several management and senior management positions with various financial institutions in the Denver, Chicago, Salt Lake and Park City markets. Sel has a passion for working on issues that affect homeless youth, equal rights for the LGBT community, and the effects of poverty on access to education.

Felisa Hagins, Secretary

Felisa Hagins is the political director of the Service Employees International Union Local 49 (SEIU 49), the largest union in America with over 2.1 million members and SEIU 49 represents 10,000 private sector workers in health care, property services and light manufacturing in Oregon and SW Washington. As the political director she has the opportunity to work on the lobby and policy side as well as the electoral side of political work. She has worked on presidential campaigns, state legislative campaigns and local governments in Oregon, Iowa, California, Nevada and Washington. Felisa spends most of her lobbying and policy hours focused on health care reform, commercial real estate, and worker’s rights; a variety that never lets her get bored. She has a passion for health care reform and access to quality, affordable care for all Oregonians, and has benefited personally from Oregon’s forward thinking on health policy.

Greg Macpherson, Past President

Greg Macpherson is a long-time City Club member and served on the Club board of governors in the 90s when he was chair of the Research Board. He is a partner at Stoel Rives where he practices in the field of employee benefits. He served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2003 until 2009, including two years as chair of the House Judiciary Committee. He currently serves on the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission and is a past chair of the Multnomah County Planning Commission. He has a bachelor of arts from Harvard University and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

David Thompson, Treasurer

As vice president of membership and events for the Portland Business Alliance, David focuses on growing membership as well as engaging current members. He is also the lead Alliance staff member working on small business issues and serves as the organization's General Counsel. Prior to joining the Alliance, David was a labor and employment law attorney counseling public and private employers on a range of issues. David has a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology, a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, and a Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University. David also has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Oregon. He serves on the board of Morrison Child and Family Services as well as the Portland Parks Foundation, and he enjoys cooking, golf, music, and spending time with his family, Erin, Alex, and Clara.

Karol Collymore

Karol Collymore is the public affairs director at the Oregon Department of Education. She has worked in government, politics and non-profits for over 10 years. She has worked with diverse organizations such as the American Heart Association, Pro-Choice Oregon, Multnomah County, and Raphael House. Karol is also on the boards of Cascade AIDS Project, Morrison Child and Family Services, Portland Playhouse and the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs.

Colin Jones

Colin Jones has been involved with City Club of Portland since 2012, first volunteering on the planning committee for the Club's Portland Action Summit on youth civic education. For the last year, Colin has served on the Friday Forum committee, producing events on affordable housing, transportation, elections, and combating Islamophobia. Colin is the grants manager at The Collins Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Oregon, investing more than $10 million each year to support youth, arts, and community welfare across the state. Prior to The Collins Foundation, Colin has held communications and program roles at foundations and civic organizations in Portland and Washington DC, most recently serving as MRG Foundation’s director of communications and grassroots strategy.  Colin has been a member since 2015 and was an active member of the Friday Forum committee over the last year.

Leslie Johnson

Leslie Johnson originally joined the City Club in 1988. Over the years, she has served on ballot measure study committees, on long-term research committees, on advocacy committees, and on the online voting task force. She recently completed 4 years’ service on the Friday Forum Committee. She is a partner in Kent & Johnson, LLP, a two-lawyer firm practicing from an old house just west of downtown. Her law firm represents individuals and businesses caught up in disputes and provides advice on a range of business matters.

Antonio Lara

Antonio Lara is the chief marketing officer of Lara Media Services LLC where he has worked since 2003. At LMS his primary responsibility is to grow LMS’ clients’ portfolio, provide strategic guidance as part of the agency’s leadership team, and manage projects and marketing campaigns for clients. Antonio also manages relationships with advertising trade journalists and editors and directs the application of communications tools to promote the agency. Implementing Public Relations and Marketing tools to raise brand awareness, he builds the corporate reputation of the agency among key audiences, such as current clients, prospective clients, partner agencies and media. Additionally, Antonio serves as a board member of VOZ, a worker-led organization that empowers diverse day laborers and recent immigrants to improve their working conditions and protect civil rights through leadership development, organizing, education and economic opportunity.

Nichole Maher

Nichole Maher is president of the Northwest Health Foundation. Previously she served as the executive director of the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) in Portland for over 11 years. She holds a masters in public health from the Mark Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University and two bachelors of science, one in public health and another in American Indian studies from Oregon State University. She serves on a number of boards, including the Comcast/NBC National Philanthropic Board, the National Urban Indian Family Coalition and the Oregon Education Investment Board.

Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez serves as the Program Director for the American Leadership Forum of Oregon, working side by side with other leaders to make a positive impact in our communities across the state. Juan has been active through his leadership and support of local, regional and national non-profits and social justice campaigns for two decades. In 2015, Juan served as the Vice President of New Business Development for Metropolitan Group, a creative and strategic communications agency committed to working for social change.

Prior to joining the team at Metropolitan Group, Juan served as the Development Director at Basic Rights Oregon. Juan’s connection with Basic Rights Oregon began in 2004 as a volunteer for the organization. In 2005, Juan and his husband Byron Beck served as lead plaintiffs in Martinez v. Oregon, Basic Rights’ legal challenge to Constitutional Amendment 36. During his eight-year tenure at Basic Rights, Juan led the effort to raise millions of dollars to move a robust campaign aimed to build public support for the freedom to marry for LGBT Oregonians. Juan was born and raised in Oregon and is a graduate of the University of Oregon.

Mary Macpherson

Mary is a vice president with Equilibrium Capital’s Water and Waste team working on due diligence and underwriting for a sustainable real asset fund. Mary has over 10 years of experience in investment banking, financial advisory, public policy and consulting services to federal, state, and local governments. Mary’s expertise includes complex financing structures including multi-year, multi-billion dollar capital plans. Mary spent 8 years as a public finance investment banker where she structured and executed over 100 bonds for public facilities and infrastructure and contributed on projects of regional importance including the Sellwood Bridge, Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail line, and Oregon Zoo.  Mary holds a master’s degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College.  She has been a member since 2006 and served as Chair of the Research Board for the last two years.

Elana Pirtle-Guiney

Elana Pirtle-Guiney is the labor and workforce policy advisor for the Governor's Office. She was previously with the Oregon AFL-CIO as the Legislative and Communications Director. Over eight years with the organization Elana helped craft Oregon's healthcare reform legislation, passed first-in-the-nation policies on behalf of labor unions, and has been part of a team that has made Oregon's labor movement a national model for collaboration with community members to improve policies for working people. She was appointed by the governor in 2012 to serve on MLAC, the State’s advisory committee for workers’ compensation program policy changes, and currently serves on the Oregon Bus Project's Policy Committee.  She is a former member of the Our Oregon Board. Elana recently chaired City Club’s research committee reviewing the GMO Labeling ballot measure and is looking forward to the release of the committee’s report this summer. Elana and her wife live in NE Portland where they are active members of the Woodlawn Community Garden and take part in the ongoing process of updating a 100-year-old house.  Elana is an avid Giants baseball fan.

Eli Wall

Eli Wall is a senior treasury analyst at Erickson Helicopters Incorporated. He serves on City Club's Finance Committee and is the interim chair of the New Leaders Collective. Born and raised in Southwest Portland, Eli graduated from Tulane University and moved to New York City in 2007 where he worked for Bear Stearns in foreign exchange and later at JPMorgan Chase & Co. He returned to Portland in 2012 where he worked as an investment analyst at CTC Consulting and then as a financial adviser at RBC Wealth Management before moving to corporate finance at Nike, Inc. Eli enjoys volunteering in pediatric oncology at Doernbecher Children's Hospital and has been involved with Social Venture Partners - a venture philanthropy non-profit. Eli is the captain of his USTA tennis team at the Multnomah Athletic Club, the co-president of the Tulane Alumni Club of Portland, supports and attends the Oregon Symphony, plays guitar, and is fluent in Spanish. Eli has been a Club member since 2015.

Sharon VanSickle-Robbins

Sharon Van Sickle-Robbins is a communications and marketing strategy professional who co-owned and managed KVO Advertising & Public Relations in Portland for 25 years.  She has been a City Club member since 1992. During her membership tenure, she has chaired a Club study on Portland's business environment, served on the Friday Forum committee, served as the secretary and president of the Board of Governors, and served as interim executive director.

Allison Tivnon

Allison Tivnon is the marketing director for ECONorthwest, an economics, finance, and planning firm, headquartered in Portland, Oregon. She oversees the internal and external marketing operations, branding and messaging, and guides firm-wide strategy for business development and outreach. Allison draws on an extensive network of colleagues within the A/E industry to create meaningful connections with teaming partners and agencies. Allison received her masters in writing from Portland State University and is a proud supporter of Portland City Club.

Lisa Watson

Lisa is a lifelong Oregonian and the co-founder and co-owner of Cupcake Jones along with her husband and business partner, Peter Shanky. Open since 2007, Cupcake Jones is proud to be the oldest continually operating cupcake bakery in the state. Guided by the company's four core values of community, sustainability, equality and pride, Lisa works with many local non-profit organizations and other businesses to make serving the community a key component of the bakery's success, along with serving delicious, scratch-baked cupcakes. 30 years in the food industry has taught her that relationships mean everything. Lisa is ecstatic about the opportunity to serve the members of The City Club of Portland.  Lisa has been a member since 2014.