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Meet the MHCRC Staff

The MHCRC contracts with the City of Portland Office for Community Technology (formerly the Office of Cable Communications and Franchise Management) for staffing services. Read the Staff Services Agreement (.pdf)

MHCRC Staff Members

Elisabeth Perez, Interim Director, 503-823-0039

Elisabeth Perez began working for the City of Portland in 2017 as a Hatfield Resident Fellow in Mayor Wheeler’s Office and serves as the Interim Director for the Office for Community Technology. Elisabeth served as a Senior Policy Advisor and later as Operations Director for Mayor Ted Wheeler, where she focused on emergency management, resilience, innovation, and technology. She has been instrumental in the development of City policy regarding right of way protections and privacy and information protections. She earned her Master of Science in Disaster Resilience from Tulane University and applies the principles of community resilience in her daily work. In her spare time she enjoys exploring Oregon, traveling, and relaxing with her dog.

Julie S. Omelchuck, Program Manager, 503-823-4188

Julie S. Omelchuck is a community activist at heart and has pursued that passion through her work as the Program Manager for the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, a multi-jurisdictional commission in the Portland metro area. She also is a member of the Grantmakers of Oregon & Southwest Washington Board of Directors, serving as the Program Committee Chair. Julie has worked on communications technology policy issues since 1985. Julie attended the University of Montana and majored in journalism. She worked for the Alliance for Community Media for three years in Washington, DC prior to moving to Portland in 1989. Julie directs the Community Access Capital Grant, facilitates public/private partnerships for the community Institutional Network; and manages grant agreements with two community media centers. She also serves as lead staff for the Commission.

Rebecca Gibbons, Digital Equity Program Coordinator, 503-823-5515

For over 15 years Rebecca provided staff support to the Commission and managed the regulatory program (compliance work with the cable companies and the community media centers). In October 2016 Rebecca was appointed to the new Digital Equity Program Coordinator position in the City of Portland Office for Community Technology. In this new role, Rebecca will lead the development, coordination and implementation of programs and initiatives that support efforts to close the digital equity gap and increase access to broadband. Rebecca will continue to manage the community technology grants within the MHCRC Community Grants program, focusing on investments in community organizations, libraries and local governments to provide technology access and training to traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities. Rebecca will also continue to play a key role in supporting the community institutional network (I-Net) partnership and negotiating/securing public benefits in franchise agreements focused on closing the digital equity gap. Rebecca brings to the table a broad set of program and project design and management skills well suited to further the goals, policies and actions of the City’s Broadband Strategic Plan and Digital Equity Action Plan.

Bea Coulter, Program Coordinator, 503-823-3659

Bea is responsible for cable company compliance and policy for the City of Portland’s Office for Community Technology (OCT) and the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission (MHCRC). This includes franchise regulatory processes, consumer protections, public policy and advocacy. Prior to joining the MHCRC, Bea spent 25+ years in local origination television and community media. Her experience includes media creation, technology planning, policy development and nonprofit leadership. She is an advocate for community media and the power it has to change the lives of individuals and society, and in her free time (when not writing angry letters to the FCC) she nerds it up in the World of Warcraft and takes lots of pictures of her adorable dogs Rocket and Stella.

Rana DeBey, Grant Compliance Analyst, 503-823-3659

Rana comes to the MHCRC with over seven years managing grantmaking programs in philanthropic organizations and 15+ years working in service of communities in the nonprofit sector. Prior to moving to Portland, she earned her MPA from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). She brings with her skills in grants management, program management, communications and evaluation. In her role, Rana manages the community technology grants program, focusing on investments in community organizations, libraries and local governments to provide technology access and training to traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities. Along with her husband and two children, she enjoys growing berries in her backyard, camping at the beach, and generally exploring Oregon’s natural beauty.

Cinthia Diaz Calvo, Administrative Specialist II, 503-823-2005

Cinthia Diaz Calvo is the Administrative Specialist for the Office for Community Technology and supports the Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission. Cinthia has 3 years of experience in employee engagement, change management and process improvement through her work with the City of Portland and has recent experience working to restart the Portland Utility board, which is responsible for ~750 million budget and highly controversial projects. “She’s a great strategist and fantastic at outcomes-based equity planning.” Prior to moving to Portland, Cinthia earned a bachelor’s degree in International Business at San Francisco State University.  She enjoys making ice cream and is an active member of the community and board member at the Q Center.

About OCT

OCT

Mission

  • To ensure the City of Portland and its citizens are fairly compensated for private use of the public rights of way;
  • To defend the City’s role and the public interest in rapidly changing telecommunications and utility markets;
  • To regulate and advocate on matters related to cable communications for the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, its jurisdictions and the citizens of Fairview, Gresham, Multnomah County, Portland, Troutdale and Wood Village.

Web Address

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oct

Questions or comments? Please email us or call 503.823.5385.