MIKE
clifford
[VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS]

Each of us can make a difference when we listen, empathize and take action.

Lean in, Together

Driven. Caring. Fun. These words describe our team of Mortenson Portlanders. We have each other’s backs and we take the time to celebrate successes along the way. There’s a grit, a determination, that sets us apart from the rest. Our best moments happen when we roll up our sleeves and dig in to solve any challenge we might face. When we’re all rowing in the same direction, we have the biggest opportunity to make positive change as individuals, as a company and as an industry.

Lead with Compassion

It’s important to lead with kindness and honesty. Simply taking the time to understand the perspective of others can make all the difference in someone’s day or experience. We create stronger connections when we slow down, listen and ask questions. Early in my career, I was drawn to the tangible nature of what we build. What I realize now is that it’s more than bricks and mortar. It’s the teams that rally together through thick and thin to create wonderful spaces for the benefit of our customers and our communities.

Break through Barriers

We need to be stewards of developing the next generation of leaders. We’re on a journey to become a more inclusive and diverse organization, but with the right mindset we can change “business as usual” and open doors that bring in new energy and challenge us with different viewpoints. I’m truly grateful for the teams I work alongside every day and I’m excited to continue our positive trajectory. It will inspire us to innovate in new ways and continue our industry leadership regionally and nationally.

PERSONAL PASSIONS

Today’s leaders need to be agile in this rapidly changing world and finding everyone’s leadership potential is a strong motivator for me. Flexibility and adaptability are essential traits that help us prepare to lead when facing challenging situations.


INTERESTS

  • Snow skiing
  • Soccer
  • Spending time with family

HOME STATE
Washington

INDUSTRY TENURE
23 years

Boards & Memberships

Construction Career Pathways Project
Construction Industry Representative and Member

SafeBuild Alliance
Former President

Design-Build Institute of America – Oregon Chapter
Former Board Member & Membership Committee Chair

Architectural Foundation of Oregon
Member

Volunteerism

Red Feather Development Group

A program that provides services to families in need of critical home health and safety repairs

 

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

Meeting the needs of vulnerable families

 

Portland Backpack

Providing food resources for kids who experience food insecurities 

 

Education

University of Washington – Seattle

BS, Construction Management

BA, Architectural Studies