The smell of money and a clear front-runner in an upcoming mayoral election brings out the blue ribbon panel folk for Sam Adam’s Creative Capacity Committee.

If you’ve been asleep, Adams convened several gatherings to show Portland’s arts community, using a new set of data and arguments, could – possibly – make a case for support from industry and the general population.

Three committees, and a detailed web site have launched to explain the Creative Capacity strategy: (links here to PDF files) asteering committee made up mostly of business-people and various politicians, a strategy committee made up of art types and art administrators, and a coordinating committee made up of City Hall and RACC brass, with their facilitator / consultant.

So who have been selected for these committees? And perhaps more importantly, what are their affiliations? (Much of the information below is available on the Creative Capacity web site, but in a PDF form which is less searchable than a HTML web page.) Bottom line, this list is a fundraiser’s wet dream.

Steering Committee Members

Martin Medieros, Chair – Swider Medeiros Haver, intellectual property lawyer; recent lecture on Proper Grammar, Usage and Syntax of Business Names.”

Sam Adams – Portland City Council / mayoral candidate

Dave Allen – Pampelmoose / Gang of Four / music industry skeptic

Robert Austin – Mayor of Estacada

Shane Bemis – Mayor of Gresham

James Bernard – Mayor of Milwaukie

Nik Blosser – Celilo Group Media, husband of Deborah Kafoury, likely candidate for Multnomah County Commission, member of the Sokol Blosser wine empire, and board member of the Oregon Business Association.

Julia Brim-Edwards – Nike flack, former school board member, attorney, and board member of the Oregon Business Association.

Chandra BrownOregon Iron Works and the Oregon Innovation Council

Rex Burkholder – Metro Councilor, bike advocate

Elaine Calder – Oregon Symphony President

Kenneth Carr – President and CEO of Carr Construction, commercial and multi-family construction

David Chen -partner with OVP Venture Partners and chairman of the Oregon Innovation Council

Brad Cloepfil – Principle, Allied Works

Chris Coleman – Artistic Director, Portland Center Stage

Debi Coleman – Managing Partner at SmartForest Ventures

Eloise Damrosch – Executive Director of the Regional Arts & Culture Council

MaryAnn Deffenbaugh – representing the Portland Art Dealers Association, and co-owner with Rod Pulliam of the Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery

Craig Dirksen – Mayor of Tigard

Mark Dodson – CEO / President of Northwest Natural Gas

Lee Domanico – Ex-CEO of Legacy Health System

Sho Dozono – Azumano Travel

Rob Drake – Mayor of Beaverton

Bart Eberwein – Vice President of Hoffman Construction, event chair of the Architecture Foundation of Oregon, board member of the Oregon Arts Commission

Mark Edlen – Gerding-Edlen Development

Jill Eiland – Public Affairs Manager for Intel, board member of the Portland Business Alliance

Chris Erickson – General Manager of the Heathman Hotel, board member of the Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts

Brian Ferriso – Executive Director of the Portland Art Museum

David Fuller – Mayor of Wood Village

Brian Gard – President of Gard and Gerber, and immediate past board chair of Oregon Business Association

Judie Hammerstad – Mayor of Lake Oswego

Clayton Hering – President of Norris, Beggs & Simpson

Roger Hinshaw – President of Bank of America, board of the Portland Business Alliance, board of the United Way, board chair of the World Affairs Council

Tom Hughes – Mayor of Hillsboro

Paul Hurd – Freightliner’s general counsel

Tom Imeson – Port of Portland flack, and former Goldschmidt flack

Walter Jaffe – White Bird Dance (Bio – PDF)

Alan Johnson – Wells Fargo regional president

Vera Katz – former mayor of Portland

Tom Kelly – Owner of Neil Kelly, Inc., board member of the Oregon Business Association, and Greener.

Norman King – Mayor of West Linn

Gloria Lee – Portland Classical Chinese Garden executive director

Andy MacRitchie – Aequitas Capital Management – some sort of vice president

Tom Manley – Pacific NW School of Art, president of the school

Debbie McCabe – Tenth Tree Limited , investments, located in Clackamas

Max Miller – Tonkon Torp partner, board of the Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts, board of Metro Arts

Carole Morse – President of the PGE Foundation and Manager of Community Investments for Portland General Electric, board member of the Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts

Alice Norris – Mayor of Oregon City

Bob Packard – Managing Partner, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, trustee of Willamette University

Levi Patterson – PopArt , some sort of accounts manager

Judy Peppler – State President of Qwest, Chair Emeritus of the Portland Business Alliance

Maria Rojo de Steffey – Multnomah County Board of Commissioners

Dan Ryan – Portland Public Schools, but also the development director of Oregon Ballet Theatre

Tad Savinar – Artist

Arlene Schnitzer – HARSCH Investment Properties, former owner of the Fountain Gallery, Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, The Jordan & Mina Schnitzer Foundation, formerly a member of just about every important arts organization in the state

Dick Schouten – Washington County Board of Commissioners

Martha Schrader – Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, chair

Howard Shapiro – Founding chair of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, board of Albina Community Bank

Cheryl Snow – Clackamas County Arts Alliance, executive director

Al Solheim – real estate investor

Steve Stadum – OHSU’s chief administrative officer

Nancy Stueber – President and CEO of OMSI

Paul Thalhofer – Mayor of Troutdale

Jon Ulsh – Executive Director of the Oregon Ballet Theatre, board of Oregon Cultural Advocacy Coalition

Connie Van Brunt – Executive Director of the Portland Schools Foundation

Howard Werth – Senior Vice President of Finance at Gunderson, board secretary of the Associated Oregon Industries, board of the Oregon Metals Industry Council

Homer Williams – Chairman of Williams Dame Development,

Virginia Willard – Executive Director of Northwest Business for the Culture and the Arts

John Willis – Project Manager for CH2M Hill

Rick Wills – Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tektronix

David Wynde – US Bank, Portland Public School board

Duncan Wyse – President of the Oregon Business Council, Oregon State Board of Education, Oregon Innovation Council,

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