Gretchen Hollands was elected the MultDems Treasurer at our December Central Committee meeting.
Candidate for Treasurer Special Election December 9, 2021
Multnomah County Democrats Central Committee Meeting
Gretchen Hollands was elected the MultDems Treasurer at our December Central Committee meeting. Read her candidate bio below to learn more about her.
Thank you for taking the time to read a little about me and why I believe I can serve the Multnomah Democratic Party in the role of Treasurer. am a 57 year-old white woman, using she/her pronouns and married for 33 years to a Portland Public School teacher at Grant High School (Walt Hollands). I have a Masters in Public Administration from Portland State University.
I’ve been an unaffiliated voter for about two decades and not active in politics, apart from running for the PPS School Board in 2015. I was delighted to have spent less than $400 on my campaign and garnered nearly 11% of the vote which was, sadly, not enough to propel me to victory.
I’m interested in helping the Democratic Party build on its success. I’ve run a family rental property business for 20 years and think my administrative and project management skills will be put to good use in this volunteer position. Here are excerpts from my resume. I’m happy to provide additional information.
WORK EXPERIENCE Property Owner/Manager Portland OR – 2000 to Present We are the “mom and pop” type rental real estate model. We live in a four-plex alongside our tenants and manage a couple of other rentals doing the bookkeeping, maintenance, repairs and remodels ourselves. Home Performance Guild Executive Director – 2018 to Present The Guild is adapting to changing conditions in the residential energy efficiency retrofit sector. I’m managing the administrative tasks while the Board finds a new direction, new funding and new staff. Portland Public School Project Manager 2008-2016 Promoted into increasing responsibilities based on ability to meet needs and save money. Managed furniture inventory for 102 programs in 75 schools and 5 administrative sites with $230,000 budget responsibility, including orchestrating moves, adds, changes, donations, service work, and school openings/closures. Produced capacity planning reports, planned space, managed assets and executed major interior remodeling projects. Counseled senior staff with subject matter expertise on building use and programming. Branched into purchasing, developing furniture standards and using local businesses and materials. VOLUNTEER WORK (highlights) Secretary, Kerns Neighborhood Association ( 2021 – Present) Champion, Washington Park Master Plan Champions Committee (2016-2019) Board Member, Neighbors West-Northwest Coalition – Portland, OR (2014–2017) Board President, Sylvan-Highlands Neighborhood Association – Portland, OR (2013–2017) Citizen Budget Review Committee, Portland Public Schools – Portland, OR (2005–2008)