As executive director since 2017, Curtis has led the Port of Portland in the vision and operation of its marine terminals, airports and business parks, helping connect people and cargo with places, and promoting job creation and economic development. He is passionate about equity and inclusion and about the Port reflecting the communities its serve. He’s a proponent of building environmental sustainability into operations and taking an even stronger leadership role on climate change.
Curtis came aboard in February 2014 as deputy executive director. Before that, he was chief of staff to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, where he oversaw the governor’s policy agenda, staff and policy advisors. He was also CEO of an energy efficiency finance company in Portland, and managing director of BP Alternative Energy’s global gas-fired power business.
Raised in Eugene, Oregon, Curtis lived in Europe and Africa for eight years and speaks German. He loves being outside, fishing, camping and annual rafting trips with friends. Curtis and his wife Angela Uherbelau and their two daughters live in Portland.