Latest Economic Check-Up & Future of Portland Business Alliance

March 19th, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
The Sentinel
614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
Portland, OR

Hear the latest from Andrew Hoan, president & CEO of the Portland Business Alliance. An update on how our regional economy fared in 2018 and why East Multnomah County may be the next area for workforce investment, plus what’s in store for the future of Greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce.


Andrew Hoan is president and CEO of the Portland Business Alliance. As the leading voice of business for the Portland-metro region, the Alliance promotes and fosters an environment that attracts, supports and retains private-sector jobs, spurs economic vitality and enables quality educational opportunities for the region’s residents.

He previously served as president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce after various roles. Under Andrew’s leadership, membership grew to a record-breaking number for the institution’s history, the chamber created a micro-lending Community Development Financial Institution, developed a borough-wide economic strategic plan, and produced a series of 100th Anniversary celebrations, programming and historical exhibit. During his tenure, the Brooklyn Chamber was named 2017 Chamber of Commerce of the Year by the Business Council of New York State and Andrew was awarded the 2017 Small Business Champion of the Year by the United States Small Business Administration.

Prior to joining the Brooklyn Chamber, he served in the Office of Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz as director of capital budgets and economic development. In that role, he managed the allocation of more than $250 million in city capital. Andrew has also worked in human services at Volunteers of America – Greater New York, the city’s largest provider of homeless services as manager of corporate programs. He moved to New York City through national service as an AmeriCorps VISTA working at the New York Legal Assistance Group, helping to secure free civil legal services for indigent New Yorkers.

Andrew has served as a board member for a variety of civic and government organizations. He was appointed to the boards of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Coney Island Development Corporation by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Regional Economic Development Council by Governor Andrew Cuomo. He also served on various boards of directors including Friends of the Brooklyn-Queens Connector, the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger and Brooklyn Boulders Foundation, as well as numerous business improvement districts.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in urban planning from New York University. He is an avid rock climber and recently completed his first half Ironman.

Andrew is a proud husband to his wife, Karina, and father to his son, Theodore.