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Advisory Council

First Stop Portland benefits from the support of its Advisory Council, made up of representatives from the private and public sector and Portland State University.


John Carroll, Chair, First Stop Portland Advisory Council

President/CEO Carroll Investments

John Carroll has devoted his attention to the development of high-density, mixed-use housing projects in Portland emphasizing the strong connection between public and private investments and more importantly creating a cleaner more sustainable community. The Carroll Investments development team has been directly involved with many prominent developments in The Pearl District. Carroll's community activities have included serving on the Portland Streetcar Inc. Board for the past 18 years and most recently as the Chairman of Portland Streetcar, Inc. 


Dike Dame, Founding Member, First Stop Portland Advisory Council

President, Williams & Dame

President of WDD, Dike has been at the forefront of real estate financing and development for more than forty years, having worked with Homer for over twenty of those years. At WDD, Dike oversees and steers the company's vision. He has been responsible for negotiating complex development agreements with multiple public entities, and formulating multifaceted financial structures.


Phillip M. Beyl

Principal, GBD Architects

Phil has been a practicing architect at GBD for 34 years and has managed the firm as President since 1990. He has been instrumental in guiding the firm to become an international leader in sustainable design, integrating deep-green building strategies in all of GBD's projects.

Brian Newman

Director of Campus Planning, Development & Real Estate, OHSU

Brian manages OHSU's long-range planning and development efforts. Prior, he was elected to the regional government in Portland, Oregon, Metro, in 2002 and again in 2006 where he focused on suburban revitalization, light rail expansion, and the Oregon Zoo master plan update. He has also worked as a senior planner with Parsons Brinkerhof, managing station area planning and advising governments on public-private partnerships. His professional experience includes work for a national smart growth advocacy organization, a small architecture and planning firm, the Oregon Legislature, the city of Portland's Office of Transportation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.



John Russell

Founder, Russell Development Company, Inc

John is the founder of Russell Development Company, Inc.. He has been actively involved in the shaping of Portland’s skyline for over 30 years, including involvement with the Portland Development Commission, the Mayor’s Business Roundtable, the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee for Economic Development as well as the Oregon Transportation Commission, the Portland Planning Commission and the Portland Historic Landmark Commission.


Jonah Cohen

Principal, Hacker

Since 1988, Jonah has worked on THA’s most significant projects for education, cultural, government and faith-based clients. Under Jonah’s leadership, THA Architecture has earned recognition regionally and nationally for its emphasis on being a sustainable business, complementing its growing expertise in sustainable building design. He is Past President of the Architecture Foundation of Oregon and is a former Board member for the AIA Portland Chapter. He is also a recognized local industry expert on the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) process. 

Adam Davis

Partner, Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall, Inc.

Davis is founder and CEO of market and public opinion research firm DHM and he has over 30 years of experience in all phases of opinion research and is a nationally recognized leader in focus group moderating. His specialties include the study of public opinion related to public policy and planning issues. Adam has designed projects in for public, private, and non-profit clients on issues ranging from community development to education reform.



Charles Kelley

Associate Partner, ZGF Architects

Charles is an architect and urban designer specializing in urban redevelopment projects that seek to manage resources more efficiently to make cities more livable. He has worked for ZGF Architects in urban design for 20 years in service of local and national transportation, healthcare and community plans. He is on the City of Portland's Watershed Advisory Group, Percent for Green Committee, and the EcoDistrict Technical Advisory Committee for Water and Vital Communities for the Portland Sustainability Institute. 

Dave Heater

President, Ankrom Moisan Architects

Ankrom Moisan Architects was founded in 1983 by Stewart Ankrom and Tom Moisan. Instrumental in the rebirth of Portland’s Pearl District, AMA specializes in urban, mixed-use designs that creates places where people and communities thrive. With offices in Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco, AMA provides integrated architecture, interiors, urban design, and branding services to clients up and down the West Coast. Their portfolio includes award-winning mixed-use, workplace, healthcare, senior living, affordable housing, higher education, and hospitality projects. Dave Heater joined AMA in 1990 as an architectural intern and was promoted to firm president in 2015.

Tim Smith AIA AICP

Principal, SERA Architects

Tim Smith is a principal and founder of the Urban Design and Planning Studio at SERA Architects. As a registered architect and a certified planner with more than 35 years of experience, Tim is passionate about the art and science of placemaking. His work is aimed at creating whole and beautiful places that enrich the human experience and integrate nature at the aesthetic and systemic levels. Tim developed Civic Ecology, a citizen-driven, whole systems framework for community design and has helped implement the framework in numerous communities nationally and internationally. His work spans a variety of scales, from the site, block and neighborhood to the community, campus, city and region.

Charles Brucker

Principal, PLACE Studio

Charles is a landscape architect with skills in project management, design and construction documentation. As a landscape architect, Charles uses his expertise in sustainable design to connect people and buildings with the natural environment. He has a broad range of project experience including campus site planning and design, park and recreation facilities, mixed-use developments, interpretive centers, high technology facilities, and environmental restoration projects. Charles has built a reputation for effective collaboration with other disciplines and has a unique ability to work interactively with clients, consultants and citizens. 

D. Carter MacNichol

Associate, Sheils Obletz Johnsen

Mr. MacNichol has worked as a Business Development Manager at the Portland Development Commission where he recruited domestic and international manufacturing companies to the Portland metro area. He also served as Director of Real Estate Management and Development for the Port of Portland where he  directed development, sales, marketing and management of the Port's commercial and industrial real estate holdings. Mr. MacNichol became a principal at SOJ in 1996, where he has led development of innovative in-fill projects including the Madison Office Condominiums, Belmont Dairy, Belmont Dairy Rowhouses, Museum Place and the Hollywood Library/ Bookmark Apartments. He also currently serves as the project manager of construction for the Portland Streetcar project.

Chelsea McCann

Managing Principal, Walker Macy

Chelsea is Managing Principal and Landscape Architect at Walker Macy, one of the Northwest’s largest and longest-established landscape architecture, planning, and urban design firms. Chelsea has led some of the firm’s most challenging site development projects, including active programmed/ managed public open spaces, parks and major public landmarks, and projects on complex project sites such as brownfields and historic redevelopment sites. As managing principal, Chelsea has spearheaded the firm’s expansion to Seattle and other strategic goals for growth, diversity, and representation of women in the A/E/C professions.

Brian Fleener

Director of Architecture, OTAK

Brian is the Director of Architecture at Otak, which has been active in development projects, including architecture, engineering, and land use planning, for over 30 years. Brian has over 29 years of architectural experience with a diverse portfolio of local design and construction projects. As Director of Architecture, Brian works with public and private clients in a variety of projects, from multifamily housing and transit centers to community buildings and everything in between. Prior to Otak, Brian served as Vice President of Design Build at Market Contractors and as Vice President of Retail Store Development at MulvannyG2 Architecture.

Paul Kinley AIA LEED AP BD + C

Principal, Opsis

Paul Kinley has been an active member of the Portland architectural community for more than 25 years. As a Principal of Opsis Architecture, he plays a vital role in helping to create vibrant, sustainable environments impacted by our work. Paul recently completed the award-winning Reed College Performing Arts Building, Washburne Hall University Center at Pacific University, as well as the John J. Hemmingson Student Center at Gonzaga University. Paul actively participates in a variety of civic, cultural, and professional organizations to remain connected to the community in which he lives and serves, including the Regional Arts & Culture Council Business Committee for the Arts.

Andy Cotugno

Chief Land-Use Planner, Metro

Andy Cotugno has 35 years of professional experience in the transportation and planning fields. Andy was appointed as Metro's Transportation Director in 1980. In 2000, the Transportation and Growth Management Services departments were merged into one, the Planning Department which Mr. Cotugno had responsibility of managing until 2008. In 2008, Mr. Cotugno was appointed to the position of Senior Policy Advisor to the Metro Council and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Metro, he worked as a transportation planner for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission in Columbus, Ohio.

Alisa Kane

Green Building and Development Manager, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Alisa Kane is the Green Building and Development Manager for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. There she leads policy and program development related to energy efficiency, construction waste and capital improvement projects.  Alisa has a master's degree in urban planning from Portland State University and has spent the last 23 years working in the fields of green building, community development and recycling. 

Robert W. Hastings, FAIA

Agency Architect, TriMet

With more than 33 years experience in Portland and Seattle, Bob's professional emphasis has been in transit, urban design and transportation, institutional, commercial and mixed-used housing projects. Bob coordinates the agency's multi-modal efforts in station and urban design, including signage & graphics and art & architecture. He’s lead TriMet’s agency-wide development of a holistic approach to sustainability goals and initiatives, including renewable energy opportunities for Light Rail Projects. Currently Bob is leading the creation of "Oregon/ By Design"--an initiative to develop a statewide design program and implementation strategy that utilizes the full suite of design disciplines to support economic, environmental, and social development.

Tia Williams

Policy Advisor, City of Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman

Tia advises City of Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman on issues pertaining to transportation and equity. Prior to joining Commissioner Saltzman’s office in 2015, she worked as a Committee Assistant at the Oregon Legislature and as a staff assistant at the Boys & Girls Club in Salem, Oregon. She remains involved with the Boys & Girls Club of the greater Portland metro area.Tia is a native Oregonian, born and raised in Salem. She graduated from Willamette University with a Bachelor's of Arts in Rhetoric & Media Studies with a focus on Political Communication. Tia is passionate about issues affecting women and children, education, housing and economic development.