Loretta Smith

Commissioner, District 2

Loretta brings more than two decades of experience in the federal government to her commissioner’s job, applying that knowledge to increasing federal resources for Multnomah County. After graduating from Oregon State University in 1987 with a communications degree, Loretta began working as a staff member for then-U.S. Rep. Ron Wyden. Loretta continued to work for now-Sen. Wyden as his Multnomah County field representative until her election to the county Board of Commissioners in 2010.

During her term on the county Board of Commissioners, Loretta has put her passion for helping young women and men into practice by leading the SummerWorks program and organizing an anti-bullying summit at Grant High School. Similarly for senior citizens, Loretta has spotlighted the need to fight elder abuse and neglect.

And she has worked to support local business by championing a microlending program to help local small businesses, hosting a White House roundtable for young entrepreneurs and co-sponsoring an ordinance establishing a Business Advisory Council to the Board of Commissioners

In addition to serving on the county Board of Commissioners, Loretta also is Chair of Metro’s Policy Advisory Committee for 2013.

Loretta’s commitment to community involvement long predates her elected position. Loretta has served as treasurer of the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs, tutored students at Self Enhancement Inc., served on the PTA, and worked with the Community Builders program for urban young men. Loretta has also been active in helping the Oregon Food Bank, Head Start and the Boys & Girls Club.

Loretta and her son Jordan, who currently attends the University of Washington, live in Northeast Portland. 

Learn more about Loretta, her motivation and her inspiration, and how she came to represent North and Northeast Portland in the video below.