PMI Portland Chapter


2021 Election for Board

Thank you for your interest in taking part in the 2021 Board of Directors election process.  The election period begins Friday, May 21, 2021, and ends Friday, June 4, 2021. In this year’s election, we will be electing officers for the following positions:

  • President Elect
  • VP of Finance
  • Secretary
  • VP of Marketing
  • VP of Operations
  • VP of Professional Development
  • VP of Programs
  • VP of Memebership

Length of Term 

  • The President Elect commits to serve a three-year term: President Elect July 1, 2021–June 30, 2022; President July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023; Past President July 1, 2023–June 30, 2024.
  • All other positions commit to serve two-year terms, July 1, 2021–June 30, 2023, with the option to extend for a second term in the same elected position.

Board Responsibilities

  • Maintain a PMI and Portland Chapter Membership during the term elected.
  • Sign and act according to the PMI Code of Conduct.
  • Spend up to 20 hours a month for Board duties, depending on the position.  
  • Attend monthly Board meetings and annual Board transition and strategy sessions.
  • Regularly attend monthly Chapter Meetings.
  • Strategically develop and lead the portfolio to achieve the mission of the Chapter.
  • Lead, support, recruit, and recognize Chapter volunteers and portfolio team members.
  • Carry out the fiduciary, due care, and diligence responsibilities of the Board of Directors by reviewing programs, policies, financial statements and other materials.
  • Manage the portfolio budget and expenditures.
  • Recognize the interests of the Chapter ahead of other organizations or businesses when acting as a Board member.
  • Disclose any potential conflicts of interest which could affect decision making.
  • Be a positive spokesman and evangelist for the portfolio and the Chapter.

How to Cast Your E-Vote:

1.      Please check your email inbox from the Past President May 21, 2021 (the email registered with

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2.      This email has the link to the e-Ballot site and also has the login information including your username and password.

3.      Your username and your password are included in the email.

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4.      Use the ballot link provided and login using the username and password provided in the email from May 21, to cast your vote.

5.      Have questions? Can’t find your email? Please reach out to the Past President for login information or help.

Thank you for voting!

2021 Elections Nominating Committee

President Elect Candidate

The President-Elect position is elected by the Chapter membership, serves one year shadowing the current President, and then serves as President for one year. During this first year the President Elect acts as the Sponsor for the Annual Conference, guiding the Annual Conference Team and acting as final decision maker on Annual Conference issues. The president-Elect takes on special projects as directed by the President and is a member of the Executive Committee. The President-Elect reports to the President.

President-Elect is open for write-in candidates.

VP of Finance Candidate

... shall oversee the management of funds for duly authorized purposes of the Portland Chapter and act as the Chief Financial Officer.

Dan Cobb

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Dan has spent much of his career as a Technical Program Manager and Product Manager at Tektronix, Xerox, and most recently A-dec.  Dan joined the Portland PMI Chapter in 2017 and earned his PMP in January of 2018.  During his long career, he spends much of his own time volunteering for local organizations and first started volunteering for the PMI Portland chapter as an Assistant VP of Finance early during COVID19 outbreak and while seeking a new career.

Dan enjoys helping others, woodworking, remodeling homes, metal working, restoring classic British motorcycles, fly fishing, and learning new skills.


Secretary Candidate

... shall keep the records of all business meetings of the Portland Chapter and meetings of the Board and the Executive Committee. The Secretary shall oversee and review the preparation and retention of all nonfinancial Chapter records.

Jody Shaw, PMP, CMP

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Jody M. Shaw, PMP, CMP was the VP of Programs in 2021 and is now interested in helping volunteer as Chapter Secretary. She is an experienced project manager, strategist and learning and development professional. She brings over 16 years of experience in education, event, program management. She regularly presents on the topic of project management, strategy and event management. Previously Jody Shaw oversaw learning and development for over 16,000 member companies globally for the not-for-profit trade association, Promotional Products Association International. During that time she annually oversaw online education, virtual member discussion boards, virtual and in-person conferences including education during one of the top 55 shows in the US. She was the co-founder of a young professional conference and year-round SPARK program in the promo products industry. Prior to her work at PPAI she taught leadership development at MIT for four years in addition to overseeing the business side of their aquatic events and facilities.

Candidate Statement for Secretary:

Jody Shaw, PMP, CMP has ten years of experience as a project manager, seven years of experience working for non-profits, four years on Board of Director positions including Secretary and Chairman positions. She has six years of overseeing learning opportunities, virtual and in-person events, and contract negotiations. As the Secretary her role will be to help support all chapter portfolios through submitting attendance reports to update PMI transcripts on behalf of participants, volunteer hours to PMI global, create agendas and take meeting minutes at Board meetings. In addition she will support the chapter’s strategic plan.

VP of Marketing Candidate

... shall provide marketing support for all chapter activities, provide branding control over Portland Chapter communications, and manage the sponsorship program.

Paul Van Mai, MBA, PMP

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Paul Van Mai has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He has 20 years of technical project and product management experience leading cross-functional teams in software development, manufacturing, and education in matrixed organizations at LaCie Limited, Seagate Technology, Concordia University-Portland, and Portland State University.

He served as Chair and President for the Asian Youth Leadership Conference from 2004 to 2010. The non-profit organization’s mission is to help Asian American youth rise above the obstacles before them and achieve their potential by promoting education, instilling self-confidence, and developing leadership skills.

Paul has been a member of the PMI Portland Chapter since 2016. He assumed the mantle of Director of Newsletter in October 2018 and grew in his roles from Director, Assistant VP of Marketing to VP of Marketing. Paul believes in giving back to the community.

Candidate Statement:

I am running for the VP of Marketing because I want to continue the alignment, branding, and synergy between PMI Global, PMI Portland, and its membership. Goals for 2021-22 include;

  • Bring in more marketing team talents
  • Focus on youth, young changemakers, and social benefits
  • Redesign the eBlast and newsletter colors, format, and layout
  • More relatable content on website and newsletter; “hot topics” like finding a job, unofficial project management, career changes, remote working/telecommuting, work/life balance - either sourced from industry thought leaders or written by our writers.
  • Increase Social Media presences and contents
  • Strengthen and bring in more sponsorships and revenues

VP of Operations Candidate

... shall support the Portland Chapter’s needs and ongoing operations through technology, asset procurement and maintenance. 

Gary Marx, PMP

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I am a retired USAF officer who spent the last 12 years of my 24 year career planning and executing large military exercises.  After my retirement I worked as US Army civilian for 4 years in an office created to plan and execute one large project, the merging of McChord AFB and Fort Lewis to form Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  In 2013 I started work at Bonneville Power Administration as the Technical Training Manager, where I, and a team of 15 oversee five formal apprentice and trainee training programs.  In the past I volunteered to work on the Information Technology Committees for both the PMI Olympia Chapter and the Olympia Rotary.  I joined the PMI Portland Chapter in 2014 and became the Assistant VP of Operations in 2019.

Candidate Statement:  If selected to the VP of Operations position, I will continue to work closely with the Board, support other chapter groups technology needs, and most importantly continue to encourage the great work of the existing and future Operations team members.  In 2021 and 2022 we will work closely with Programs to plan, develop and execute hybrid virtual and in-person meetings.  And the web team will continue to support our chapter web page.

VP of Professional Development Candidate

... shall provide project, program, and portfolio management education, training and mentoring.

Sireesha Akula, PMP

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As a “grateful and data driven technical leader”, Sireesha Akula has spent over 15 years in semiconductor industry and grew the career ladder at Intel Corporation. She is currently an Engineering Manager enabling flagship Ethernet products as a part of Data Platforms Group. Sireesha earned her Project Management Professional certification and Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Portland State University (PSU).  Sireesha is also an active member of Society of Women Engineers (SWE); served in many board positions at local Section, Region, and Society committees and was a recipient of 2020 WeLocal ELiTE award. Her leadership and service spans across many non-profit organizations and are mostly significant with Project Management Institute, Beaverton School District and Washington County community gardens. She currently serves as VP of Professional Development at PMI PDX chapter, Leadership coach to 8 Professional SWE sections and 3 global affiliates, and Nominating Chair to local SWE section. She practices grateful leadership at professional work, non-profit volunteering, and with community at large. In her spare time Sireesha loves to cook, garden and spend outdoors with family and friends.

Candidate statement: Aspire to provide reliable, and easily accessible service to project managers at every stage of their career. I am forever grateful to the team who stood by me and pulled in time to support PMI chapter members during pandemic. Looking to pay forward another term as elected VP of Professional Development and multiply the great work we do together.

  • Continue the momentum of Chat & Learn Series as a free virtual educational opportunity through PMI PDX chapter in addition to the paid workshop, PMI certification training and mentoring programs from Professional Development Portfolio.
  • Ensure Certification training programs facilitated by PMI Portland Chapter follows the industry trend and strengthen such certification training programs with chapter supported cohort study groups for elevated success.
  • Build network with other PMI chapters, Non-profit professional organisations, and Corporate PM community groups to seek new and enhanced project management professional development programs, to recruit, retain and coach passionate mentors and volunteers for Professional Development team and events.
  • Rethink workshop strategy, and professional development activities to improve the value and effectiveness of the programs offered to our members.

VP of Programs Candidate

... shall organize, coordinate and promote the Portland Chapter’s monthly meetings, roundtable events and special events.

Denis Hernandez-Granda

hernandez granda denisCritical thinker who empowers his teams and is focused on efficiencies, delivering customer service excellence and quality. Client oriented and accomplished leader capable of building motivated and productive teams. Extensive qualifications in System Integration, Instrumentation and Calibration, MEP design and construction. Familiar with all facets of project life-cycle development, from initial feasibility and conceptual design through documentation, implementation, quality review and enhancement of existing facilities. Experience is balanced and spans a wide spectrum of industries, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Water Treatment, Pharmaceutical, Food & Dairy , Metrology Services and Mission Critical facilities.  Instrumental on Growing Corporate relationship with Fortune100 Customers. Excellent verbal and written communications skills. PC literate: MS Office, Bluebeam, Revit, Procore, Traction Tools, Deltek and Viewpoint.  Very effective Proposal Development leader, Fully bilingual (English & Spanish) and well versed in Italian and Portuguese.

Candidate Statement: I am running for VP of Programs for PMI Portland Chapter because organizing meaningful activities, professional meetings and social events is imperative for the stability and growth of the organization. I believe that members and prospective members deserve that we provide great content in all functions to increase engagement and participation. My goal is to provide a 10X ROI to all members that join the organization.

VP of Membership Candidate

The VP Membership promotes member benefits, Chapter activities, programs and member services to assure that members are receiving the most benefit from their Chapter membership. This includes surveying members on their satisfaction with Chapter programs, services and events, and administering a robust volunteer program to allow members the opportunity to gain invaluable project management, leadership and networking experience.  Membership is also responsible for the Volunteer Recognition program.  Membership Portfolio consists of Volunteering, Communication, and Quality sub-committees.  The VP of Membership reports to the President.

VP of Membership is open for write-in candidates.


PMI Portland Chapter Members, vote now for your Chapter Board of DIrectors candidates. It’s easy! 

Elections have begun—VOTE NOW!

Election Timeline 2021

  • May 21 thru June 4 – Membership votes on nominees
  • June 5 – Winners are announced
  • June 5 through July 1 – Winners shadow current Board members
  • July 1, 2021 thru June 30, 2022 – New Chapter Board is active

For elections information contact the Past President at