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BPS welcomes new commissioner-in-charge

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With extensive public affairs experience, Carmen Rubio will oversee and guide bureau land use and climate justice initiatives.

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Commissioner Carmen Rubio

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability welcomes Commissioner Carmen Rubio and looks forward to collaborating with her and her office as our new commissioner-in-charge. Mayor Ted Wheeler recently assigned her oversight of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, along with Parks and Recreation and the Office of Community Technology.

For BPS leadership and staff, that means a lot of synergy. The bureau collaborates with the parks bureau in its land use planning work. The Smart City PDX team resides at BPS and partners with the Office of Community Technology to increase digital access for all Portlanders. Creating housing opportunities continues to be a focus for us at BPS and aligns with our new commissioner’s first-term priorities to address housing affordability and services. And she shares our sense of urgency about climate action and our commitment to climate justice.

Commissioner Rubio is making Portland history as the first Latinx City Council commissioner. We welcome our new commissioner-in-charge as a self-described problem solver and consensus builder, and invite her contributions to our work to make Portland a healthy, prosperous and equitable community for all.