FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mayor Wheeler is proud to select Andrea Durbin as the new Director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. After a thorough and inclusive selection process involving multiple internal and external stakeholders to define imperative experience and attributes, the choice became clear.
“Andrea brings over 20 years of effective environmental policy leadership in Portland and beyond,” says Mayor Ted Wheeler. “Her leadership as the Oregon Environmental Council’s Executive Director resulted in real progress as we fight to combat the realities of climate change. I’m looking forward to seeing all that BPS will accomplish under her leadership.”
“I am excited by the opportunity to lead the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability for the City of Portland. We’re at a pivotal point in this city. As the local economy and population grows, we know our livability, affordability and quality of life are challenged,” says Durbin. “I look forward to working with the Mayor, City Commissioners and the hard-working staff at BPS to help our city realize a healthier, more equitable and resilient community for all Portlanders.”
Durbin served as the Executive Director of Oregon Environmental Council since 2006. Prior to that, she worked in consulting, which allowed her to advise clients in the financial sector on the development of their environmental and social standards for international lending practices. She also worked as a National Campaign Director for Greenpeace and as International Program Director for Friends of the Earth.
Due to the enormous amount of time and effort that went into this selection, the bureau is getting an ideal and passionate leader, and the City will benefit for years to come. Durbin brings a collaborative and equity-centered approach to BPS, which aligns with the mission and values of the bureau. Her experience in advancing sound and effective environmental policy here in Oregon will be a welcome addition to the City of Portland’s staff as we work collectively to meet the challenges posed by the reality of climate change.
Her first day will be Thursday, April 18.