Board of Governors
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.
Kourtney Nelson was the chair of the New Leaders Council for two years and previously served as its events subcommittee chair. She works for Iberdrola Renewables and has been in the energy industry since 2000, with expertise in western renewable energy markets. She also owns The Growler Guys beer and cider filling station in SE Portland with her husband. Kourtney serves as the secretary for the Portland Chapter of the Women of Wind Energy. She is a graduate of the University of Portland.
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.
Karen Kervin is a 10-year member of City Club, and has served as chair of the Advocacy & Awareness Board, secretary of the Board of Governors, and chair of the 2012/13 executive director search committee. Karen and her family own two local businesses, Kervin Bros. Ornamental Iron and Pip’s Frozen Yogurt & Gelato. Karen is currently the community relations manager for US Bank in Portland. Prior to that she served as the chief marketing officer at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, a Portland based law firm. Karen also serves as vice-chair of the board of Camp Fire Columbia.
Peter D. Ricoy is a shareholder with the law firm of Schwabe, Williamson, & Wyatt, PC, in Portland, Oregon where he focuses his legal practice in health care law, data security and privacy, insurance regulation, and corporate and business transactions. As a transactional health care attorney, Mr. Ricoy advises clients on a variety of matters, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Stark and Anti-Kickback Statutes, HIPAA, COBRA, and ERISA health plan matters. Mr. Ricoy previously served as Associate General Counsel with Regence Group where he helped advise clients on matters related to health reform and supported the Sales and Actuarial/Underwriting Departments. Additionally, Mr. Ricoy served as a Health Care Economist, and has a background in economics, policy analysis, and modeling. Mr. Ricoy is the former Chair of the Oregon State Bar’s Health Law Section, and President of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. Mr. Ricoy holds a Master Degree in Public Policy from University of Michigan, and a JD from Lewis & Clark College. He enjoys cycling and taekwon-do, and loves spending weekends with his wife Karen, and playing with their three children Isabella, Jeremy and Penelope.
Karol Collymore is the executive director of the Equity Foundation in Portland, Oregon. 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.
Michael is a financial adviser with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management where he works with individuals on financial planning and with corporations on their retirement plans and cash management. Michael also has held senior management positions in operations management and corporate sales for a Japanese company in Tokyo, where he lived and work for more than a decade. His undergraduate degree is in business leadership from Marylhurst University, and he holds an MBA in finance from Norwich University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1996 to 2001 as combat engineer. Michael has been a City Club member since moving back to Portland in 2013 and currently serves on the Real Estate Committee.
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 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 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 joined the team at Metropolitan Group in April 2015 and leads the new business development efforts for the agency. He has a tremendous passion for work that has a positive impact on our society. He is strategic in his approach in engaging people to support something bigger than themselves by building and cultivating genuine and lasting relationships. Juan has been active through his leadership and support of local, regional and national nonprofits and social justice campaigns for two decades. Before joining Metropolitan Group, Juan served as the Development Director at Basic Rights Oregon. His 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 Oregon’s legal challenge to Constitutional Amendment 36. During his 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. He and the leadership of the organization worked tirelessly on this issue until securing the victory for marriage equality in May 2014. Juan was born and raised in Oregon, and is a graduate of the University of Oregon. He and Byron live in North Portland and celebrated their 20th anniversary by getting married on May 30, 2015. Juan enjoys traveling, music and trying out new restaurants; he spends much of his free time training for half-marathons. He plans to run a full marathon in the near future.
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.
Elana Pirtle-Guiney works for the Oregon AFL-CIO where she oversees the organization’s government and public affairs and research programs as the Legislative and Communications Director. Over eight years with the organization Elana has 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.
As the Chief Impact Officer of the United Way of the Columbia Willamette, Zeke Smith leads the community impact strategy through grant making, volunteerism, community convening, and policy work. Previously Zeke served as the Chief of Staff to Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith, as well as the Director of Community Engagement at All Hands Raised. He developed and implemented Connected-By-25, designed to connect every Portland teen and young adult to school, work and citizenship by age 25 through a coalition of public and private organizations.
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 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.
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.
Mari Watanabe serves as the program director of Leadership Portland for the Portland Business Alliance where she oversees all aspects of their 10 month leadership program designed to develop civic leaders and serves as executive director of Partners in Diversity, a non-profit whose mission is to help employers recruit, support, and retain professionals of color in Oregon and SW Washington. Appointed by Governor Kitzhaber in July 2011, Mari serves as vice-chair for the Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs. She also serves on the City of Beaverton’s Diversity Advisory Board, Washington County Cultural Coalition, and Business for Culture and Arts Diversity Board. Nationally, Mari serves on the National Veterans Network Advisory Board and the U.S.-Japan Council’s membership committee representing Oregon. She was a participant on the coveted Japanese American Leadership Delegation to Japan in March 2011, when the Great East Earthquake and Tsunami occurred. Prior to working at the Portland Business Alliance, she made a major career change moving from the apparel business, which included working in garment companies such as Union Bay Sportswear, Nordstrom, and Nike to the non-profit arena serving as the first executive director of Oregon Nikkei Endowment, a Japanese American history and culture organization based in Portland, Oregon. She is a recipient of the Executive Development Institute’s Ted Yamamura Leadership Award and the NAACP Woman in Business and Civic Engagement award. She is a graduate of Washington State University’s Apparel, Merchandising and Design School.