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Mayor Ted Wheeler taps the head of the Oregon Environmental Council, which is active on a state level, for the post at City Hall.

COURTESY OF CITY OF PORTLAND - DURBINAndrea Durbin, the longtime head of the Oregon Environmental Council, will be the new director of the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Durbin's hiring on Friday, Feb. 22.

Durbin has been the executive director of the Oregon Environmental Council since 2006. Before that, she was a consultant, advising clients in the financial sector on their environmental and social standards for international lending. Earlier, Durbin was a national campaign director for Greenpeace and an international program director for Friends of the Earth.

"We're at a pivotal point in this city," Durbin stated in a press release from the city. "As the local economy and population grows, we know our livability, affordability and quality of life are challenged."

Oregon Environmental Council is one of the most influential environmental advocacy groups in the state, working on issues ranging from climate change to food and transportation policy.

"Her leadership as the Oregon Environmental Council's executive director resulted in real progress as we fight to combat the realities of climate change," Wheeler stated in the news release. "I'm looking forward to seeing all that BPS will accomplish under her leadership."

The job has been vacant for several months since prior director Susan Anderson left after a lengthy career in the bureau.

Durbin starts her new post on April 18.

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