Lori Stegmann, Commissioner
Commissioner Lori Stegmann was elected to her first term as a Multnomah County Commissioner representing District 4 in 2016 and re-elected for a second term in 2020. Prior to serving on the Multnomah County Board, Commissioner Stegmann served six years on the Gresham City Council and as City Council President in 2014.
In her time on the board, she has been a champion for underserved communities in East County addressing areas of housing stability, economic development and public safety. As board vice chair in 2018, Commissioner Stegmann introduced resolutions to create the Construction Diversity Equity Fund and to dedicate funding to supportive housing in Multnomah County. She led regional efforts for a complete and accurate Census 2020 count and represents Multnomah County in a national cohort through the National Association of Counties and the Gates Foundation to develop local strategies for economic mobility and recovery. One of her first budget amendments supported the creation of a new School Based Health Clinic at Reynolds School District, a multi-year project that just opened in 2021. Commissioner Stegmann is pleased to lead efforts for a new flagship Multnomah County Library and the Vance Properties master plan which will transform 90 acres of underutilized brownfield into a regional asset.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Commissioner Stegmann has prioritized testing and vaccine sites at geographically specific locations, distributed over $1 million in business recovery grants to east Multnomah County, identified funding for a new pantry location to increase food access, and supported the capacity of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) serving organizations to stabilize community resources. She has secured $100,000 from the Gates Foundation to focus resilience and recovery efforts in East County, and has prioritized service delivery enhancements to the Tri-Met Transit Crisis Response Team and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office HOPE outreach team to better serve our communities.
Board Liaison Appointments and Committees:
- Library Advisory Board
- Greater Portland Inc.
- East Metro Economic Solutions
- Visitors Development Fund
- Association of Oregon Counties
- East Multnomah County Transportation Committee
- National Association of Counties' Large Urban Counties Caucus
- Urban Flood & Safety Water Quality Board
- Governor's Regional Solutions Leadership Council
- Transforming Justice Steering Committee
- Local Public Safety Coordinating Council Jail Management Workgroup
- East County Council on Homelessness
- Gorge Forum
District 4 begins in East Portland at 148th Avenue and ends at the Hood River County line near the Bonneville Dam. District 4 encompasses East Portland and the cities of Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale and Wood Village, as well as the unincorporated areas of Corbett, Dodson, Latourell and Warrendale. Commissioner Stegmann hosts a monthly East County Issue Forum for partners and community residents interested in issues affecting communities east of 82nd Ave in Portland.
Rebecca Stavenjord, Chief of Staff
Rebecca is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest. She grew up in rural Alaska and has lived in Oregon for more than two decades. In 2000, she began her work in local government with Clackamas County, focusing on program and policy development in the areas of juvenile justice, youth development, and community mobilization. She has worked for Multnomah County since 2008, specializing in education policy, public safety, and place-based economic mobility. While at Multnomah County, Rebecca has worked for the Commission on Children & Families, the Health Department, and the Office of Government Relations. Rebecca holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, and is actively involved in community organizing and youth development when not in the office.
Layan Ammouri, Director of Planning and Policy
Layan graduated from Portland State University with a Masters Degree in Public Policy where she focused her education and research on equitable policy practices. She is a first generation Arab-American and speaks Arabic fluently. Her previous experience includes working with the Commission on Black Affairs and Department of Education to conduct a study on disproportionate discipline in Oregon school districts and its impact on the academic achievement of students of color. Layan has also taken on a diverse array of policy analysis and development projects. She is a strong advocate of racial, cultural, and economic justice. She is eager to use the skills she acquired from working in higher education and the political, and non-profit realms to execute and promote inclusive policy practices here at Multnomah County. When not working, you can find her perusing through local thrift stores, making jewelry or starting a new craft project.