Management - Pioneer Courthouse Square


Pioneer Courthouse Square’s Board of Trustees consists of a minimum of 25 elected members who serve two consecutive three-year terms. The members are representatives of the Community, the Region at-large and Downtown Businesses. The City Commissioner in charge of Portland Parks & Recreation automatically serves on the Board. Additionally, the President may appoint non-voting Honorary Trustees and Ex-Officio Trustees with the support of the majority of the Board.

Pioneer Courthouse Square Board of Trustees 2017-2018

Paul Andrews
Melvin Mark Brokerage Company

Lynnae Berg
Portland Business Alliance

Doreen Binder

Andrew Colas
Colas Construction, Inc.

Harriet Cormack
Civic Leader

Commissioner Amanda Fritz
City of Portland

Stanley Geffen
Geffen Mesher & Co.

Mike Golub
Portland Timbers

Greg Goodman
Downtown Development Group

Matthew Goodman
Downtown Development Group

Randy Gragg
University of Portland John Yeon Center

Justen Harn
Portland Community Media

Steve Holwerda
Ferguson Wellman Capital Mgmt.

Brad Hutton

Steve Janik
Ball Janik LLP

Philip Kalberer
The Kalberer Company

Sue Keil

Sara Krajewski
Portland Art Museum

Carol Kruse
Cambia Health Solutions

Thomas Lauderdale
Pink Martini

Amber Lavender

Dan Lavey
Gallatin Public Affairs

Cobi Lewis
Wells Fargo

Charles McGee
Black Parent Initiative

Chet Orloff
Oregon History Works

Bob Proffitt
Alpha Media

Carmen Rubio
Latino Network

John Russell
Russell Development Company, Inc.

Tad Savinar
Tad Savinar Studio

Stephen Schneider

Gordon Sondland
Provenance Hotels – Aspen Companies

Ron Stewart
Consult: Ron Stewart

Kerry Tymchuk
Oregon Historical Society

Cameron Whitten

David Zier
MMDC Company

Ex-Officio Positions

Bernie Bottomly

Neil McFarlane

DJ Wilson


Board meetings are open to the public and held regularly on the last Tuesday of every quarter at 11:30am.
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Jennifer Polver
Executive Director

Jennifer provides leadership for the organization’s non-profit management team, overseeing year-round program development, day-to-day operations and management of the organization’s assets.  She joined the Square in 1997 to aid in the reorganization of the non-profit’s management structure to build a healthy and successfully programmed community gathering space.   With an emphasis on partnership development, Jennifer has had the opportunity to work with a talented team of colleagues to transform the Square’s public/private management organization into an award-winning model for year-round programming growth, cross-promotional marketing initiatives and destination attraction development. 

After growing up in southern California, Jennifer moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1989 to study Art History, with an emphasis in American 20th Century Art, at Lewis and Clark College.  She has held a research positions with The Huntington Library and The Whitney Museum of America Art.  Most recently, she was part of a leadership team that organized an annual educational lecture series showcasing artists, politicians and writers in Portland and Seattle. 

With a long held appreciation of building community through unique moments of shared celebration, Jennifer seeks to enrich the landscape of downtown Portland one partner – and one program – at a time.


Theresa Vetsch-Sandoval
Director of Marketing

Joining Pioneer Courthouse Square in 2001, Theresa currently serves as the Director of Marketing for the non-profit organization.  Primarily responsible for sponsor development and retention, Theresa enjoys working collaboratively with local, regional and national companies to bring free community programming to the City of Portland’s Living Room®.  Vital components of these efforts include management of media and community relations through the development of multi-agency partnerships that support citywide marketing efforts for Portland’s downtown core.  Additionally, Theresa oversees of the organization’s branding efforts, which includes creative development, design direction and strategic delivery platforms.

Pursuant to receiving an Associate of Arts degree in Business Management, Theresa spent time travelling throughout Europe before eventually landing in Portland.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and two energetic sons, vacationing in tropical destinations, tennis and following the latest celebrity stories in her favorite issue of US Weekly.

Shannon Hill
Production Director

Originally from Southern California, Shannon moved to Portland in 2011 and quickly fell in love with Portland and all of its wonderful quirks.  As the Production Director for Pioneer Courthouse Square, Shannon is responsible for managing on-going facility needs, in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation, and for the production of the more than 300 community events that come through the Square each year.  Shannon creatively supports clients with production development for events and loves overseeing the evolution of inspired event concepts from beginning to end. Shannon has an extensive background in experiential marketing and possesses years of experience, from agency to nonprofit, in building campaigns and developing event support for a range of clients with a range of visions.  

Shannon is a graduate of San Diego State University where she earned a BA in Communications and New Media.  When she is not planning events and keeping the Square active you can find Shannon practicing yoga, discovering new places, catching a Blazer game, or searching the diverse landscape that is the Portland food scene for the perfect vegetarian entree.