A longtime New Yorker, Adena Long, will head Portland Parks & Recreation. Her first day will be Feb. 19.
Long's hiring by Commissioner Nick Fish follows a national recruitment and brings an administrator with a wide array of experience.
Long is a native New Yorker who began her career as a seasonal park ranger in 1997, according to a city of Portland announcement. Over time she was promoted, and according to a New York City municipal website she has worked as a strategic planner and as a park administrator. She also served as executive director of a group called the Greenbelt Conservancy.
In 2010 she became the youngest-ever Parks Borough Commissioner for Staten Island, and also the first woman to hold the post. In 2016 she was named deputy Commissioner for Urban Park Service and Public Programs. In 2018 she was named the parks department's manager of the year.
In a prepared statement, Fish said Long brings "deep operational experience and a record of collaborative and innovative leadership."
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