Tony Jordan – President/Founder
Tony Jordan read The High Cost of Free Parking in 2010 and began organizing against new minimum parking requirements in 2012. Tony served on the Centers + Corridors Parking Study Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC), the Central City Parking Policy Update SAC, and the Downtown Meter Rate Adjustment Sub-Committee before founding Portlanders for Parking Reform to build support for those committee’s recommended reforms. Tony is a regular presenter on parking policy reform, including sessions at the Oregon Active Transportation Summit (2016, 2017), the YIMBY Conference (2016, 2017), and the Oregon/Washington American Planning Association Joint Conference (2016).
Tony has worked as a baker and union organizer and he is currently employed as a software developer. He lives in SE Portland with his wife and two children. You can contact Tony on twitter @twjpdx23 or by email twjordan (at) gmail.com
Charles Tso – Vice President
Charles Tso is an urban planner with a focus in transportation planning and policy. He is interested in the effects of policy and built environment on travel behavior and addressing the challenges of housing affordability, climate change, and active transportation with parking reform. He joined the Portlanders for Parking Reform in summer 2016 and has played a key role in several policy victories including more effective parking management in NW Portland and exemption of parking requirements for affordable housing. He received a Master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan and has worked in the non-profit, public and private sectors in Michigan, Chicago, and Portland.
Angel York – Treasurer
Angel York has been riding bikes since being introduced her to her first two-wheeler in the 1980s. She biked across the US on her first recumbent bicycle in 2005. She took enough bike-related classes that if U.C. Davis had offered a minor in bicycles, she’d have it. She’s written a cookbook for a bike-friendly pu
blisher, and uses her bike trailer to haul reclaimed building supplies. Since 2008, she has volunteered with assorted
bike-related organizations, and is the transportation chair for the Portsmouth Neighborhood Association.
She likes math.
Tom McTighe – Secretary
Tom McTighe organizes Portland’s Cranksgiving and other winter bike rides with Puddlecycle, and has served as secretary of the Richmond Neighborhood Association. He wants to see Portlanders cause less damage to each other and the environment as they move about.
Joe Cortright is director of City Observatory, a think tank focusing on urban economic issues founded with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. City Observatory produces original research on what makes cities successful in the 21st Century, and offers daily commentary on a range of issues including economic opportunity, urban transportation, housing affordability and neighborhood change at CityObservatory.org.
Joe is also President and principal economist with Impresa, a Portland consulting firm specializing in regional economic analysis, innovation and industry clusters. His firm advises policy makers in North America and Europe.
Joe’s work casts a light on the role of knowledge-based industries in shaping regional economies. His City Vitals report is widely used as a tool for benchmarking metropolitan progress. Cortright has also written extensively on the migration of talented young workers among cities in a series of studies entitled The Young and Restless. Cortright is an expert on industry clusters, having produced three studies published by the Brookings Institution, including detailed analyses of the geography of high tech and biotech clusters and a new, full-color comic book: Clusters: An Illustrated Introduction. His work is quoted regularly in the media, in publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times to The Economist, Business Week and USA Today.
Joe has served as a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. and is currently Chair of the Oregon Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors. He has served on the editorial board of Economic Development Quarterly, and was co-founder of EconData.Net, a pioneering web-based leading guide to regional economic data.
Prior to starting Impresa, Joe served for 12 years as the Executive Officer of the Oregon Legislature’s Trade and Economic Development Committee. Joe is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College and holds a Master’s degree in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley.
Clint Culpepper is the Bicycle Program Coordinator at Portland State University and has overseen the PSU Bike Hub since it’s opening in January of 2010. The PSU Bike Hub is a 2000 square foot repair and retail space devoted to instructing students and staff in bicycle maintenance and repair techniques that will keep their bikes rolling smoothly and safely. Clint oversaw the founding and expansion of the 160+ Vike Bike rental program as well as the construction of 10 secure bicycle garages on campus. Portland State University is one of five Platinum level Bicycle Friendly Universities in the U.S. Clint has also promoted bicycle races for the past nine years including one of the largest bicycle race series in the region, Portland Trophy Cup. He is a regular presenter at active transportation conferences discussing the solutions that bicycles provide college campuses and urban environments.
Alan Kessler is an attorney with a focus on intellectual property. Alan studied physics at Reed and earned a JD at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Alan is interested in land use, transportation, urban form, and housing justice. A former board member of the Richmond Neighborhood Association, he now serves as a board member for Southeast Uplift. Alan is also the founder of the Portland Bus Lane Project.