Until 2013, Sam Adams most recently was the Mayor of Portland, Oregon. Prior to being elected Mayor, Sam served a four-year term as City Commissioner and 11 years as Chief of Staff to Portland Mayor Vera Katz. His earlier public service includes work as the Political Director of the Oregon House Democrats and as an aide to Oregon Congressmen Peter DeFazio. Sam’s non-profit service includes: All Hands Raised (Co-founder), Greater Portland, Inc. (Co-founder), U.S. Conference of Mayors (Chair, Metro Economies Committee), National League of Cities, Oregon Mayors Association, National Association of City Transportation Officials (Treasurer), Portland Streetcar, Inc., Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Creative Advocacy Network (Co-founder), Oregon Art PAC (Co-founder), Innovation Partnership (Co-founder), Q Center (Co-founder), Basic Rights Oregon, Cascade Aids Project (Chair), Portland Sustainability Institute (Co-founder).
Research and Policy Director
Greg Wallinger received his Masters of Public Administration at Portland State University and his bachelors in Political Science at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining City Club, Greg worked on policy, advocacy and volunteer management projects with Stand for Children, the Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and the Multnomah County Office of Sustainability. Co-author and project manager of the recently published Oregon Nonprofit Sector Report, Greg also serves on the board of Consonare Chorale, a Portland-based community choir.
Director of Finance and Membership
Jennifer manages the Club’s administrative and financial processes, and coordinates membership and fundraising activities. Originally from Walla Walla, Washington, she graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Business Administration. She most recently completed her post-baccalaureate studies in accounting (PSU and WSU Vancouver) and is focused on passing the Uniform CPA Exam in 2013. Jennifer has a diverse background in hotel / hospitality management and event planning, which led her to community event planning and ultimately non-profit administration. She speaks Spanish near fluently after completion of a six month cultural program at the University of Guadalajara, and in her spare time she works with her 10 year old quarter horse, Paco.
Program and Communications Director
As Program and Communications Director, Rachel is liaison to City Club’s event-programming committees: Friday Forum, Member-Led Forums, and New Leaders Collective. Most recently, she worked with LGBTQ students and allies at colleges across the state to eliminate barriers and create safe spaces for all students. She’s in Oregon thanks to EMILY’s List Campaign Corps, a program that sends young people across the United States to help women get elected into office. After contributing to a winning campaign in Bend, OR for Judy for District 54, Rachel continued working as her Legislative Assistant in the Oregon State Legislature. Rachel’s passion and work experience has focused on developing young leaders and engaging them in democracy, with organizations such as Oregon Student Association and The Bus Project.
A native of upstate New York, Jennifer has long played a role in the non-profit world, working to improve education programs at homeless shelters, counseling inner-city youth and staffing crisis hotlines. Jennifer's first "tour" in Portland from 1999-2003 was spent working at the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp. Jennifer recently returned to Portland after serving as Chief Administrative Officer with Suicide Prevention International in NYC. She volunteers across Portland at institutions including the Lan Su Chinese Garden and the Dove Lewis Animal Hospital.