Alberta Street leadership
Meet the Alberta Street Leadership Team
We are people who believe that our community is unique. We also believe that we can make an impact and preserve the qualities that make us unique.
We are motivated by the cultural betterment and economic prosperity of our home: Alberta Street. There is no better proof that our efforts are working than to stand on Alberta Street and see something unique, quirky, or groovy on any given day.
Finally, we are a group who believe that by supporting our business district and our community we are cultivating generations who will understand the value of community from an early age.
Board of Directors
James Armstrong (Board President) and his wife Laura opened Alberta Eye Care in January 2013. James and Laura are committed to a strong Alberta Street. He is a firm believer that citizens can come together and affect positive change. He wants to see Alberta Street continue to grow as a place where business can succeed, community members can live, and the culture of the neighborhood remains intact. James is committed to making sure our district grows in a way that will make it an example of what growth through locally owned small business can look like. Since graduating from the University of Oregon, James has spent the past six years working in the financial industry, specializing in forensic accounting and fraud investigation.
Meghan Bean (Secretary) is a Senior Research and Evaluation Analyst with Multnomah County’s Department of Community Services where she conducts research to support a diverse set of county services including elections, animal welfare, transportation, and land use planning. Meghan and her husband Jonathan moved to the Concordia neighborhood in 2013 and began volunteering with Alberta Main Street soon after. You can usually find them out and about on Alberta Street with their daughter and foster and forever dogs.
P. Elise Scolnick, (Board Vice-President) has lived in NE Portland for 45 years, and the Sabin neighborhood since 1979. She has 35+ years of experience in land use, transportation, urban design and historic preservation planning. Elise has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, BS in Geography and certificates in Urban Studies and Project Management from Portland State University as well as certification as a Sustainable Building Advisor. She is passionate about public engagement. Elise is currently a principal at Sustainable Planning Resource Innovation Group, LLC (SPRIG), as a planning and public engagement consultant. Elise is the former owner of Tribe of the Winds, LLC, a gallery/retail store on NE Alberta Street and remains active in revitalizing the neighborhood. She is an artist and craftsperson and loves to travel, hike, bike and be on the water.
Audrey Allen is the general manager of Cruzroom on the corner of 24th and Alberta. She and her wife gathered their 3 kitties and moved from Richmond, VA to Portland in the summer of 2013. Audrey has over 10 years of experience in volunteer work. She is a former board member of VA Gay Pride, an active volunteer with United Way and joined forces with former classmates to raise awareness for domestic abuse. She recently graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Human Resource Management. Audrey strongly advocates for equality, unity, and opportunity for all.
Ira Pasternack owns Pasternack Marketing, a digital marketing agency located in North Portland. Ira is a resident of the nearby Woodlawn neighborhood, where he moved in 2007, and has been a regular Alberta visitor ever since. He grew up in Connecticut and lived in a variety of cities all within a day’s drive of there, before discovering the wonders of Portland. Ira has been the coordinator of the Alberta Street Fair and a member of the Promotions Committee since 2010, and is excited to continue helping Alberta Street as it grows and evolves.
Born in NYC and raised in Chicago, Leigh Perretta moved to Portland in 2005, met her husband, and has called it home ever since. As a residential Realtor at Dwell Realty and a Concordia resident for 10 years, she is keenly aware of the nuances and needs of Portland’s vibrant and unique neighborhoods. Fiercely passionate about animals and the environment, she’s held fundraising volunteer positions at both The Freshwater Trust and Fences for Fido. Also committed to supporting local businesses and her cherished neighborhood, she is excited to bring her skill set to the Alberta Main Street board. When not selling houses, you can find Leigh and her Italian Greyhound playing at Fernhill Park, begging for treats at Healthy Pets, or begging for wine at Enzo’s sidewalk patio.
Ann Griffin (Executive Director) joined Alberta Main Street in November 2018. Ann is a long time neighborhood economic development professional with a strong background in volunteer management. She is energized by working with people who care about their neighborhood and devote time and talent to “keep it real and keep it local.”
Ann has also worked at the Portland Development Commission (now Prosper Portland), Earth Advantage and the Lloyd EcoDistrict. No stranger to Main Street, Ann managed Brighton Main Street in Boston before moving to Portland in 2000. In addition to trying out new restaurants on Alberta, Ann enjoys hiking and skiing with her family.
Alberta Main Street Committees
Chelsea McDaniels, Chair
The Business Development committee is responsible for analyzing current economic conditions and identifying opportunities for market growth and strengthening existing businesses. This team organizes the Small Business Development seminars.
Leigh Perretta, Chair
The Design committee is responsible for getting Alberta Street into tiptop physical shape including physical improvements to buildings, businesses and public space. This group administers the Matching Mini Grant program.
The Promotions Committee is responsible for promoting Alberta Street as the place to shop, eat, and play for both residents and visitors. The Promotions team organizes our events, assists with social media communications and helps with our “Welcome New Business!” deliveries.