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Mac Prichard

Mac Prichard

Founder and publisher of Mac’s List, Mac also owns and operates Prichard Communications, a public relations and social media agency that serves nonprofits, public agencies, and foundations across the country. Want the full resume? See Mac’s LinkedIn page. Follow Mac on Twitter @Mac_Prichard.

My First Job and What It Taught Me

Des Moines Register carrier. You learn a lot about time management and how to persuade others while delivering newspapers and going door-to-door collecting unpaid bills.

If My Favorite Pet Had a Job What Would It Be?

Kai is a Weimaraner, so no question: fashion blogger.

My Neighborhood

Ladd’s Addition. It’s famous for its historic homes and mature elm trees that create a forested canopy in the summer you won’t find anywhere else in Portland.

Portland Restaurant I Enjoy The Most

The locally owned and operated 3 Doors Down Café & Lounge. The spicy Fra Diavolo (a mix of seafood and pasta) gets better and better every year.

Portland’s Best Kept Secret

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Where else will you find Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, and deer in the center of the city?

Best Food Cart in Portland

Spoons at SW Stark and Fifth. The kale salad is delicious.

My Favorite Theater

The Hollywood, an old movie palace from the 1920s, with a terrific mix of old, new and foreign films.

My Favorite Vintage Shop

Red Light Exchange. Great clothes and the most creative window displays in town.

Coffee Shop Where You Are Most Likely to Find Me

Peet’s across from the Bagdad Theater in Southeast Portland. Great, friendly baristas and it’s right around the corner from my home.

If I were a Portland bridge, I would be…

The Morrison Bridge. It opened in 1958, so we’re almost exactly the same age and I ride its bike lane twice a day to and from work.

 

Ben Forstag

Ben Forstag

Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, and is responsible for the organization’s editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. See Ben’s LinkedIn page. Follow Ben on Twitter @BenForstag or email him at ben@macslist.org.

My First Job and What It Taught Me

My first full-time job was as a year-round Outdoor Education Coordinator at YMCA Camp Fitch, on the shores of beautiful Lake Erie. A very small staff ran the entire facility, and everyone shared duties—including the dirty work. I learned to embrace any task—no matter how seemingly menial—as an important part of a bigger team-driven mission. I also learned not to be afraid of snakes. 

If My Favorite Pet Had A Job, What Would It Be?

Claudius is a temperamental tabby cat who sleeps all day and spends his evenings nipping at any toes not covered by a blanket. He’d be a great late-shift bartender at a dive that only serves beer and whisky.

My Neighborhood

I live in Foster-Powell (AKA: FoPo!) on the far southeast side of Portland. It is a diverse neighborhood, with old homes, lovely parks, and a growing food scene.

Portland Restaurant That I Enjoy The Most

Nayar Taqueria on SE Foster Avenue. This place has the best burritos in town and the friendly owner knows just about everyone in the neighborhood.

Portland’s Best Kept Secret

I’m not sure how “secret” this is, but I’m a big fan of the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, even when the flowers aren’t in bloom.

Best Food Cart in Portland

Taste of India at 5th and Stark. I love their Butter Chicken!

My Favorite Theater

Cathedral Park, when it is being used to host performances of Trek in the Park.

My Favorite Vintage Shop

Does Hippo Hardware count?

Coffee Shop Where You Are Most Likely To Find Me

When it comes to coffee, I’m all about quantity over quality, so you can often find me guzzling a 20-ounce black coffee from the local Starbucks.

If I were a Portland bridge, I would be…

The Hawthorne Bridge. This is the bridge I take on my commute into work. I love seeing the sunrise reflect off the Portland skyline as I bike or run across the river.

 

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Becky Thomas

Becky Thomas is the Digital Marketing Manager for Mac’s List. In this role, she helps the team produce new resources and grow our community of readers, jobseekers and employers. Becky has a diverse background in journalism and communications. She is an avid runner, cyclist, and outdoor enthusiast.  See Becky’s LinkedIn page.

My First Job and What It Taught Me

I was 15 and I got a job as a waitress in a local cafe in the tiny town where I grew up in Southwest Wisconsin. This job taught me how difficult it is to be in food service. I was constantly cutting myself while prepping vegetables, and I spilled a tray of iced tea all over a couple of elderly ladies during my first week. Despite all that, I stuck it out/didn’t get fired, and the experience taught me the value of perseverance, humility, and delivering service with a smile when you’re covered in iced tea.

If My Favorite Pet Had a Job What Would It Be?

Alice is a tortoiseshell cat, a breed that’s notorious for sass. If she were a human, she’d be a high-powered executive with a reputation for ruthless negotiating and a heart of gold. Think Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock.

My Neighborhood

I live in Creston-Kenilworth in Southeast Portland. It’s great because it’s really bikeable, there are lots of great running routes, and I’m really close to all the good stuff SE has to offer. Plus people forget that there are great bars and restaurants south of Powell, so I get them all to myself.

Portland Restaurant I Enjoy The Most

I’m terrible at choosing favorites, because I like so many things! The best meal I’ve eaten in Portland so far came from Willow. Usually I’m enjoying the standbys in my neighborhood: Burasca, Jacqueline, C-Bar, Yoko’s Sushi, Dots, and the fried chicken at Reel M’ Inn.

Portland’s Best Kept Secret

Does Portland have secrets anymore? I really enjoy secrets that are out in the open for curious folks to find, like the public staircases tracing the hills all over town.

Best Food Cart in Portland

Mama Chow’s. No contest.

My Favorite Theater

For movies, Laurelhurst. For live music, Mississippi Studios.

Coffee Shop Where You Are Most Likely to Find Me

Flying Cat Coffee or Palio.

If I were a Portland bridge, I would be…

Tilikum Crossing, because I love people-powered transportation.

 

Anneka Winters

Anneka Winters

Finance and Office Manager for both Mac’s List and Prichard Communications.

My First Job and What It Taught Me

Tooth and Nail Records, Accountant.

The art of negotiation. The fun part of this job was very much outside of the accountant job title so I had to constantly negotiate for the “accountant” to travel with the bands.

If My Favorite Pet Had a Job What Would It Be?

Abby my cat, who was a big gray persian long hair, would be a therapist because she was good at listening to me without judgement.

My Neighborhood

Goose Hollow is amazing for not needing to use a car and for the proximity to Washington Park. I can walk 10 minutes and be either downtown or right in the middle of the forest running the trials.

Portland Restaurant I Enjoy The Most

OX. I love traveling to Argentina and the empanadas help me feel like being there again.

Portland’s Best Kept Secret

Emilio Pucci, my favorite Italian fashion designer, resided here in the 1930’s while attending Reed College and designed the ski team’s uniforms.

Best Food Cart in Portland

Grilled Cheese Grill in NE and Downtown Portland. They make the best variations of a grilled cheese sandwich. My favorite is the Hot Brie sandwich and am always thrown for a loop when they call out a classic movie star when your order is ready.

My Favorite Theater

Living Room Theatres, they serve you food and drinks while providing a reserved, comfortable seat and it is only $5 if you go on the right night.

My Favorite Vintage Shop

Magpie. I run by this shop everyday and wish I could add the window displays to my already too large vintage collection.

Coffee Shop Where You Are Most Likely to Find Me

Spella. Although I don’t drink coffee, this is the cozy coffee shop I most frequent besides Starbucks (Originally a Seattle girl). A surprising amount of people fit into that little space!

If I were a Portland bridge, I would be…

The Hawthorne Bridge. My Grandfather had a view of the bridge in the 1950’s when he had a shop right next to it downtown (now a parking garage). I feel closer to him being able to run across it every morning.

 

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Jessica Black

Jessica Black is the Community Coordinator, helping to build connections with our readers and clients. Jessica has an extensive background in nonprofits with a focus on streamlining operations and communications, and producing events.  See Jessica’s LinkedIn page.

My First Job and What It Taught Me

My first official job was a hostess at a local restaurant, when I was 14. I did a little of everything, and learned everything I never knew about what goes into running a restaurant. Specifically, I learned that there is always something that needs to be done – and that sometimes it takes initiative to find the things that aren’t blatantly obvious – and how to prioritize: to distinguish between urgent and important, and the value of preparation to stay ahead of the scramble.

On the weekends, I often managed the brunch line, and learned how to keep hungry people happy – and that telling people the truth, in this case: giving accurate wait times, is better than an optimistic ideal that can’t be guaranteed, even if it’s not what they want to hear.

If My Favorite Pet Had a Job What Would It Be?

I’ve had a lot of pets – and surrogate pets – but my favorite has to be my departed cat, Magic. I got her when I was 5, and she lived to be 21-years-old (which is amazing!). If she had a job, she would be a caretaker – she was so nurturing and always knew how to comfort me when I needed it.

My Neighborhood

I live in Laurelhurst, in a basement apartment of a home on the N. side of the neighborhood. Besides featuring some of the most attractive homes in the city, I love the curved/non-linear streets, the strong family-oriented feel, and the central location to everything.

Portland Restaurant I Enjoy The Most

I actively pursue trying as many “new” restaurants as possible but one of the ones in my “regular rotation” is Verde Cocina. Fresh and local, sustainable – and delicious! I’m excited they just added another location on the east side.

Portland’s Best Kept Secret

Every September, Vaux’s Swifts roost in the Chapman Elementary chimney in NW Portland, as part of their migration south for the winter. I go at least twice every year, bringing new people who have never seen it, and it’s such a fun way to take advantage of the usually-warm late-summer evenings – with friends and a picnic, watching thousands of birds circle overhead before diving into the chimney at dusk – and marvel at how they can all fit!

Best Food Cart in Portland

Chicken and Guns is my current favorite – but there’s too many great ones to choose just one!

My Favorite Theater

Hollywood Theater – not only is it a beautiful and historic icon of “Old Portland,” but I love that it’s a non-profit, with a strong focus on community, education, and supporting local, indie filmmakers and film. Plus, it’s just a quick walk from my house!

Coffee Shop Where You Are Most Likely to Find Me

Random Order on Alberta. The perfect balance of cozy and bustling – friendly baristas, good music, great coffee. Plus: delicious pie!

If I were a Portland bridge, I would be…

The Steel Bridge. I read once that it was ‘built to make it easier for the railroad to get across the Willamette River,’ which I love – the utilitarian quality of it – and the bridge itself was quite innovative at the time. It’s not flashy, but it’s a workhorse and multimodal – used by cyclists and runners, Amtrak- and TriMet-riders, and auto-commuters, alike – making it one of the most accessible bridges.

 

Thanks to Scott Bump for photographing the staff!