In addition to his role at Metro, Councilor Chase serves as executive director of the Coalition of Community Health Clinics. In the past 20 years, his public sector and non-profit experience have included serving as chief of staff to Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish, executive director at the Oregon Opportunity Network and Clackamas Community Land Trust, housing policy advisor to Portland City Commissioner Gretchen Kafoury, and campaign manager and field director for local and state campaigns. He has served on the boards of directors of the Portland Community Land Trust, X-PAC, Northwest District Association, the Housing Development Center, Coalition for a Livable Future and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Multnomah County Chapter.
During his first term, Councilor Chase emphasized the importance of living-wage jobs, protecting the environment, building affordable housing for our lowest income residents and communities of color, and providing economic opportunity and livability for all the region’s residents.
Since becoming Councilor in 2013, Sam has championed creation of Metro’s Equitable Housing Initiative and the Equitable Housing Grants program. He was a leader in urging Metro to divest from major fossil fuel corporations; lending support for the North Portland Greenway trail; and continued efforts to protect our natural areas for future generations. Councilor Chase is also working with regional partners to explore low income fare options for transit riders, co-sponsoring creation of a Construction Career Pathways Project, which will bring stakeholders together at the regional level to learn more about barriers people of color and women face in the construction trades and identify strategies to provide reliable career pathways, and ensuring equity is a primary focus for regional transportation and planning projects.
Chase earned a B.A. from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges. He lives in Northwest Portland with his two daughters.