The PDBA Board of Directors is interested in hearing from members who want to get involved and are willing to commit a few hours a month to a great organization. Our businesses and our community will benefit from your contribution. It’s also an opportunity to meet other business leaders and participate at a higher level in the future of the Pearl District. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Larry Jackson Jr.

President, Board of Directors
General Manager, PREM Group, Inc.

Larry Jackson Jr. is the General Manager of PREM Group, a company that manages both Commercial and Residential high rise condominiums in the Pearl, South Waterfront and other areas of Oregon and Washington. Larry’s also serves on two of former Governor John Kitzhaber’s business councils, including the Oregon Small Business Advisory Council (OSBAC) and the Grow Oregon Council.

“Being able to watch the Pearl District blossom before my very eyes has been a joy over the past several years. The next step is to develop a strong cohesiveness among all businesses that make up the Pearl so that we are not only supporting each other, we are welcoming all visitors with combined and supportive outstretched arms.”

Christopher Handford

Vice President, Board of Directors
Owner, Garden Bar Restaurant
Office 503-505-5050

Christopher brings over 22 successful years in the restaurant business having worked with some of Portland’s top restaurants including Andina and Blue Hour. He moved to Portland in 2006 from the Northeast, to return to where a large portion of his family resides. Previous to Portland he worked with some of the nation’s most celebrated chefs including Tom Colicchio at Craft in New York and Todd English at Olives in both Aspen and New York. He also was part of the opening team for McCormick & Schmick’s expansion to the East coast, training the staff for Washington DC area, Baltimore and Chicago locations. Currently he is the owner and operator of both Davis Street Tavern and Garden Bar. Garden Bar is Portland’s premier salad centric restaurant located across from Powell’s Books. Davis Street Tavern opened in December 2008, at the bottom of the Great Recession in Old Town and is today considered a landmark restaurant for the neighborhood. Christopher’s goal as a board member is to become an important advocate for the neighborhood’s restaurants ability to drive business into the district and better the neighborhood as a whole.

Kim Knowlton

Mortgage Loan Officer, Umpqua Bank

Kim has always been passionate about real estate and finance. With an economics and finance degree from Boise State University, she began her career in commercial banking but quickly made the move to mortgage lending and investing. She owned and operated a mortgage brokerage for many years, fine tuning her lending expertise in purchases, construction, investment properties and condominium financing. Aligning herself with the amazing mortgage lending team at Umpqua Bank insures that she can deliver the best loan products and an exceptional customer experience. Kim is an active member of the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women, Oregon Mortgage Bankers Association, the National Association of Mortgage Brokers and the Pearl District Business Association. She has also been a member of Kiwanis for many years and was honored as the 2010 Kiwanian of the year! Kim enjoys camping, hiking, reading and immersing herself in the unparalleled culinary experience that is Portland! You can find Kim and her yellow Lab, Ellie, wandering the Pearl, enjoying the parks, the people and the food!

Tracy Morgan

Chairman, Board of Directors
Alzheimer’s Association

Tracy Morgan is the Development Director for the Alzheimer’s Association and oversees all donor development and fundraising events across the state of Oregon. Tracy has a passion for bringing businesses and nonprofits together to work for a greater cause. Tracy moved to Oregon in 2011. Prior to living here she had her own business for Wedding and Event Planning and had a retail Stationery Boutique. Tracy comes to us having been a past President for a business association and a Founder and President of a retail association.


Erika Wrenn

(w)here Real Estate

Erika Wrenn is a Principal Real Estate Broker in the Pearl District with (w)here Real Estate. She specializes in the sale of urban real estate with a particular emphasis on the Pearl Condominium market. She also lives in the neighborhood. Erika is also a member of the Pearl District Rotary and very involved in the Multnomah Athletic Club as a member of the Member Events committee and a liaison to smaller committees in the club. Event planning and implementation will be her focus while serving on the board.

“A healthy and thriving business community in the Pearl is a vital part of the urban lifestyle. When my clients decide to live in the Pearl, they are not purchasing a condominium. They are investing in a lifestyle. I am excited to be a part of the growing and thriving business community in the Pearl.”

Cydelle Higa-Johnston

Director of Sales, Mark Spencer Hotel

Cydelle Higa-Johnston is the Director of Sales with the historic Mark Spencer Hotel. She has been with the Mark Spencer for over a year and in the hospitality industry in Portland for over 8 years. After obtaining a BA degree from Willamette University, Cydelle worked with the International Division of the Japanese Government in Saitama for two years before moving to Portland. With the Mark Spencer in the middle of a large renovation, Cydelle is excited to be a part of bringing a vibrant new space to the area and working with the PDBA on various opportunities. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family which includes her husband and two sons (4 and 1) and dog.

Jessica Fritts

Mortgage Broker, Guild Mortgage

Jessica Fritts is a local mortgage expert, licensed in both Oregon and Washington. She graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in finance. In 2012 she obtained her mortgage origination license, transitioning her career from wholesale lending to retail in order to work directly with consumers. Her history and background have given her the skills to navigate clients through the complicated lending process and analyze the current mortgage options to ensure the most beneficial choices are made.

Jessica loves the Pacific Northwest and all it has to offer, but mostly the beautiful landscape that changes with the season and the friendliness of the community. She is fascinated with the many facets of real estate, from new innovative LEED design buildings to condo conversions, and historical restoration projects. Jessica is an active member of the community, supporting organizations such as The Junior League of Portland where she also holds a leadership role. She can often be found at local yoga studios, hiking in the great outdoors, reading, painting or setting her sights on something new.

Tom Cook

Vice President, Fat Head’s Brewery

Tom grew up in Vancouver, Washington. He has a BS in Management with a concentration in Finance from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. After college, Tom went into manufacturing finance where he worked for Chrysler Group, LLC.  He then moved back to the Pacific Northwest to work as the Financial Manager and ultimately the VP of Finance for a restaurant franchisee group based in his hometown. He opened Fat Head’s Portland in November of 2014.

Julie Gustafson

Community Relations Manager, Portland Streetcar, Inc.
503-222-4200 |

Julie began working for Portland Streetcar, Inc. as a consultant in 2007 before being hired as the Community Relations Manager in 2014. Her duties involve managing events including the annual Streetcar Mobile Music Fest, managing construction mitigation, managing the web site and social media, communicating directly with the community on streetcar operations issues and concerns, and coordinating the Streetcar Citizens Advisory Committee. Julie’s work in community relations has her working closely with neighborhood and business associations in Portland to educate them about the streetcar. Julie also works with the Community Streetcar Coalition (CSC) to coordinate and run their annual Streetcar Summit, organize member exchanges, and coordinate activities surrounding the annual Rail~Volution conference.