Mayor Charlie Hales has appointed two community leaders to join the five-member Portland Development Commission. If approved by the Portland City Council, Gustavo J. Cruz Jr. and William “Willy” Myers will join the commission this summer.
The PDC is Portland’s economic development agency. The two appointees would serve three-year terms and would replace retiring members John C. Mohlis and Charles A. Wilhoite. The remaining members are Chair Tom Kelly, Vice Chair Aneshka Dickson and Commissioner Mark Edlen.
“The leadership that these new members bring to the PDC is much needed right now,” Mayor Hales said. “Portland is growing and that growth won’t end any time soon. We are a richly diverse community with pockets of dire inequity. The PDC is tasked with developing our economy so that everything we love about Portland is shared by everyone in Portland.”
Cruz is a senior counsel at Ater Wynne with a practice in commercial finance, corporate finance and general business matters. He was born in Portland and has been active on several nonprofit boards, including the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest District Association.
Myers is executive secretary of the Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council, and formerly worked for the Sheet Metal Workers Local 16. Among his community activities, he sits on the state’s Prevailing Wage Advisory Committee and the Metropolitan Alliance for Workforce Equity.
“I am honored to serve in this role, and I look forward to working with the Commissioners and PDC staff to promote economic development in our great city,” Cruz said.
The City Council is expected to take up the appointments this summer.