Please join the Chamber on April 16th for the opportunity to learn about Multnomah County Chair candidates Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury.
Jim Francesconi & Deborah Kafoury
April 16th | 7:30-9:00am
1417 SE 107th Ave | MAP
Jim Francesconi is an attorney with the law firm of Haglund & Kelley LLP, and has an extensive background in litigation, personal injury cases and community and public leadership. He is currently running for the Chair position of Multnomah County where he wants to focus on working people, seniors and the poor, and to protect the most vulnerable residents among us.
Francesconi is well known as a champion of all levels of education from K-12 to higher education. He is a co-founder of Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN), which provides before- and after-school programs, and the Portland Workforce Alliance, which partners employers with high schools providing mentorships and work experience. Jim was appointed by the Governor to the Oregon State Board of Higher Education in February 2007, and served as Vice President of the Board from 2009-2011 and Chair of the Academic Strategies Committee.
Jim is founder and president of The Oregon Idea, a non-profit that unites higher education stakeholders to advocate at the legislature to invest in Oregon students.
Francesconi served as a City Commissioner on the Portland City Council for two terms, from 1997 to 2004, managing Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland Department of Transportation, and Fire and Emergency Services.
For 18 years he successfully ran a litigation firm which he founded, during which time he also became a leader in the social justice-based Portland Organizing Project, and founded the Youth Employment Empowerment Coalition, placing hundreds of at-risk gang youth in supervised jobs.
Francesconi received a B.A. in Humanities from Stanford University, and his J.D. from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.
Deborah Kafoury is a lifelong Oregonian. She grew up in East Portland and her parents, Gretchen and Stephen, were both teachers in Portland Public Schools who also served in public office.
After graduating from Grant High School, Deborah attended Whitman College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English. Outside of her studies, she ran the women’s resource center on campus. When she returned to Portland, she became involved in the community, which included working for the Portland Public Schools bond campaign, representing North and Northeast Portland in the Oregon House and serving on the board of Transition Projects, a nonprofit whose mission is to connect homeless individuals to job and life skills so that they can become self-sufficient and stay housed.
After taking several years to focus her time on raising three children, Deborah decided to run for Multnomah County Commissioner. She took office in 2009 during one of the most crippling economic downturns in history. She is especially proud that while the county made progress on tough issues, the board of commissioners and staff worked together to put the county back on solid financial ground.
As commissioner, Deborah was the board representative on the Portland Children’s Levy Allocation Committee, which awards competitive grants to fund early childhood and parent education, after-school and mentoring programs and child abuse prevention efforts. She also served on the county’s Audit Committee and co-chaired the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. She still serves as co-president of the PTA at her children’s public elementary school.
April 2014 Member Spotlight: Bright Light Graphics
Bright Light Graphics – Illuminating Graphic Design
Lieve [“Leeva”] Maas, owner of Bright Light Graphics is a transplant from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She moved for love to the USA in 2006, and is grateful that Portland OR has become her new home because of it.
Lieve has had a “thing for art” since forever, and has a Master’s Degree in fine arts, along with a Master’s Degree in Education. She is skilled at capturing the essence of a business or a book in visually appealing images.
“We all want to be seen, to stand out and to be remembered. As business owners we certainly do. The question is, how to be seen amongst everybody else?”
Bright Light Graphics helps authorpreneurs, coaches and business owners to be seen, to stand out and to be remembered by expressing their core essence through branding, book design, logo and web design.
Bright Light Graphics
82nd Avenue of Roses Parade
The 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade is gearing up for Saturday, April 26th! This year the Rose Festival theme is “Making Memories,” so the parade’s theme is “Making Memories Starts Here.” The East Portland Chamber of Commerce will once again be participating in this Rose Festival sanctioned event. You can walk in the parade, drive a vehicle that features your logo, ride in a car or truck, donate candy or volunteer at our table. Please contact Shelley at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Gresham Ford will be supplying cars for the parade if you don’t have your own wrapped vehicle or a special vehicle to drive. You can order magents with your logo which can be placed on the Gresham Ford cars. Click here for a magnet order form – order deadline is April 18th.
82nd Avenue of Roses Parade
Saturday, April 26th | 9:00am – 4:00pm
Parade starts at Eastport Plaza
DONATE CANDY – bring bags of candy or a cash donation to any AM meeting.