Two insiders to head Portland planning, sustainability bureau
Two insiders have been appointed to run the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
Interim Director Donnie Oliveira has been named the bureau's permanent director. He replaces Andrea Durbin, who left two months ago. Oliveira joined the bureau in 2019 and had been deputy director, whose work included communications, government affairs, finance and budget operations, and more.
The appointment was announced on Thursday, June 17, by Portland City Commissioner Carmen Rubio, who oversees the bureau.
"I've worked with Donnie since taking office, and I have been continually impressed with his leadership and strategy in navigating critical decision points and planning," Rubio said. "I have every confidence in him to lead BPS into its next chapter and know he will be a strong advocate and leader for the bureau."
"The policy and planning work done by BPS staff is vitally important to improving the lives of Portlanders now and in the future," Oliveira said. "I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this team as we continue to address some of our city's most significant challenges and create just and innovative solutions."
Oliveira also named Eric Engstrom as the deputy director. Engstrom has been filling this role temporarily since April and has been a planner with the city of Portland for 26 years.
The bureau's portfolio includes Smart City PDX, long-range Planning, Climate Action, the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund, and garbage, recycling and compost.
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