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The new diector of the Office of Government rRelation will take office on Jan. 26.

PMG GRAPHIC - Political news and gossip.Mayor Ted Wheeler announced the new director of the city's Office of Government Relations on the day the 2021 Oregon Legislature formally started after a delay prompted by security concerns.

Briannon Fraley was selected after a national search. She will begin the job on Jan. 25. Fraley most recently served as Initiatives Director for the Wild Rivers Community Foundation in Crescent City, California.

"Briannon's track record of collaboration, priority-setting and community-building is the right combination to build partnerships and move Portland priorities forward," Wheeler said in his Jan. 21 announcement. "She will join and lead an outstanding team of professionals and I am excited to work with her to advance our community's priorities at the State and Federal level."

Briannon replaces Elizabeth Edwards, who resigned effective Jan. 6.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to serve the people of Portland," Fraley said. "I've spent my career in public service. Ever since I was a child I've been engaged in government and my community. My mother was the first-ever woman postmaster in Smith River, California. My aunt was the longest-serving tribal chair of the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation. Service runs deep in my family."

The office represents the city on legislative and administrative issues at the regional, state, federal, tribal and international levels. It works to advance city policy goals and initiatives through advocacy to federal, state and regional governments, and a broad range of non-governmental entities. The office also coordinates relations with tribal governments and facilitates policymaking with the urban American Indian/Alaskan Native communities.


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