Meet the Greater Portland Inc Team

25 Jan 2022


GPI in the News

By Greater Portland Inc.

Get to know the Greater Portland Inc team through a few of our favorite things. You can find staff contact information here.


Brittany Bagent, VP of Strategy

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Tenure 2 years
Hometown Cincinnati, Ohio
Favorite Local Attraction Silver Falls State Park
Favorite Local Restaurant La Moule
If you could invite any three people to a dinner party, who would they be? Stephen Colbert, President Obama, and my (late) grandmother
What are your favorite hobbies? Running, yoga, hiking, cooking, exploring the region with my family
What’s your favorite part of working at GPI? It is such a privilege to support regional economic development in my chosen city. Connecting partners, their ideas, and their initiatives is very rewarding. Our team is small but mighty so I am constantly inspired by our momentum.
How do you describe your job to friends and family? I develop and implement strategic initiatives that benefit the economic vitality of our bi-state region. I get to work with all of the cities, counties, ports and countless organizations and businesses invested in our region’s success. We solve big, long-term challenges one project at a time.


Monique Claiborne, President & CEO

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Tenure: 1 year
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Favorite Local Attraction: OHSU Tram
Favorite Local Restaurant: Ox
If you could invite any three people to a dinner party, who would they be? MacKenzie Scott, Oprah Winfrey, and Savannah my daughter
What are your favorite hobbies? Traveling
What’s your favorite part of working at GPI? Our incredibly dedicated staff.
How do you describe your job to friends and family? We attract businesses to the Portland region.


Bret Marchant, Director of Data & Research

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Tenure: 2 years
Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Favorite Local Attraction: Rocky Butte
Favorite Local Restaurant: Piazza Italia
If you could invite any three people to a dinner party, who would they be? David Ortiz, Larry Bird and Bill Belichick
What are your favorite hobbies? Attending live music, golf, skiing, softball
What’s your favorite part of working at GPI? Working with and supporting communities across our entire region.
How do you describe your job to friends and family? I work in economic development and help businesses grow and expand in the Portland region.


Anna Marum, Marketing & Communications Manager

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Tenure: 3 years
Hometown: Kelso, Washington
Favorite Local Attraction: Laurelhurst Park
Favorite Local Restaurant: Eem
If you could invite any three people to a dinner party, who would they be? Anthony Bourdain, Samin Nosrat and my mom
What are your favorite hobbies? Cooking, biking, gardening and thrifting
What’s your favorite part of working at GPI? The feeling of accomplishment that comes with working with amazing teammates and partners to bring jobs to our region.
How do you describe your job to friends and family? I help market our region to the world as a great place to do business.


Emily Meshumar, Engagement & Events Coordinator

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Tenure: 6 months
Hometown: West Windsor, New Jersey
Favorite Local Attraction: Summerlake Park in Tigard
Favorite Local Restaurant: Top Burmese
If you could invite any three people to a dinner party, who would they be? Nelson Mandela, Carlos Santana, and Jane Goodall
What are your favorite hobbies? Downhill skiing, boxing, cooking, hiking and traveling
What’s your favorite part of working at GPI? Having only lived in the Portland area for just about a year now, I love learning how sustainable and resilient our region is. Not to mention I work with an awesome group of people to get this work done.
How do you describe your job to friends and family? I plan events to continue to keep our investors and high-level executives engaged in our prospering community and region.


Jordan Mishra Johnson, Graphic Designer & Social Media Coordinator

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Tenure: 7 months
Hometown: Yamhill, Oregon
Favorite Local Attraction: Latourell Falls
Favorite Local Restaurant: La Moule
If you could invite any three people to a dinner party, who would they be? Michelle Obama, Rachel Maksy, Dolly Parton
What are your favorite hobbies? Drawing, cooking, and hanging out with my two pet bunnies
What’s your favorite part of working a GPI? I get to take the hard work and writing of a bunch of incredibly smart people and make it look beautiful so our community can understand it better and put it to good use.
How do you describe your job to friends and family? I create the social media content for GPI and design everything (documents, flyers, presentations, graphics, etc...) so it looks professional and polished.


Pat Mobley, Business Development Representative

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Tenure: 2 months
Hometown: Walnut Grove, Georgia
Favorite Local Attraction: Mt. Tabor
Favorite Local Restaurant: Clyde’s Prime Rib Restaurant and Bar
If you could invite any three people to a dinner party, who would they be? Jean-Paul Sartre, Brené Brown, and James Beard
What are your favorite hobbies? Cooking, hiking, music and yoga
What’s your favorite part of working at GPI? Great team of professionals with a depth and breadth of experience allows me to passionately advocate for our region's economic growth.
How do you describe your job to friends and family? My job is to tell Greater Portland's story as the place on the West Coast to expand or relocate your business.


Jocelyn Sanchez, Administrative & Operations Manager

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Tenure: 3 years
Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Favorite Local Attraction: Washington Park - I love getting lost there! So many attractions in one place.
Favorite Local Restaurant: A new favorite - República!
If you could invite any three people to a dinner party, who would they be? Yuval Noah Harari, Régine Chassagne, Paul Rudd
What are your favorite hobbies? Thrifting, hiking, film photography, dancing, painting
What’s your favorite part of working at GPI? Our incredible team and partners! I've met so many wonderful people during my time at GPI. I've also enjoyed the opportunity to try on different hats and work cross-departmentally. I love that no day looks the same.
How do you describe your job to friends and family? I'm the Administrative and Operations Manager for the Portland/Vancouver regional economic development organization. I support the organization by coordinating our accounting, IT, HR, payroll, benefits, and investor onboarding. I work with our CEO to convene our board of directors and board committees.


Nick Triska, Business Development Manager

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Tenure: 2 months
Hometown: Newport News, Virginia
Favorite Local Attraction: Providence Park (RCTID!)
Favorite Local Restaurant: Providore is a grocery store but you can shop with a glass of wine so it counts, right?
If you could invite any three people to a dinner party, who would they be? Stanley Tucci, Awkwafina, & Brittany Howard
What are your favorite hobbies? Growing my cookbook collection, shopping local, and exploring the metaverse
What’s your favorite part of working at GPI? Partnerships. Regional economic development takes teamwork and it's my sincere pleasure to collaborate with the many economic develop professionals that make a strong case for doing business in Greater Portland.
How do you describe your job to friends and family? I tell my friends and family that I help businesses start, grow, or locate to the Greater Portland region.