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Inaugural members chosen for Portland Utility Board
Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Nick Fish have named nine members of the new Portland Utility Board, and expect to get formal City Council approval of the nominees on Wednesday.
The new board replaces three prior advisory panels that worked on city water and sewer utility issues, the Portland Utility Review Board and separate Budget Advisory Committees for the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services.
The revamped advisory panel was suggested by the Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission appointed by Fish, who oversees the two utility bureaus.
The Portland Utility Board nominees are:
Meredith Connolly, policy advisor and contract counsel for the International Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Connolly, who holds a law degree from Boston College, works on the NRDCs India initiative to help implement clean energy, public health, and climate policies.
Michael Harrison, associate director of local relations for OHSU.
A graduate of Portland State Universitys Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, he worked 13 years on the staff of elected officials, and previously served on the BES Budget Advisory Committee.
Janet Hawkins, community action coordinator for Multnomah County. She has a Masters in Public Administration from Portland State University, and has a special interest in how utility rates affect low-income households.
Gwynn Johnson, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University. She has a doctorate in Soil, Water and Environmental Science, and has worked extensively on issues relating to water, wastewater, and stormwater, including treatment, storage, and conveyance.
Robert Martineau, water operations mechanic at the Portland Water Bureau. He also serves as executive vice President of AFSCME Local 189.
Lee Moore, general manager of Clackamas River Water.
Julia Person, sustainability manager at Craft Brew Alliance, home to Widmer Brothers Brewing. She has a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University.
Kendra Smith, director of the Model Watershed Program in Oregon for Bonneville Environmental Foundation. She has a Masters of Science in Ecosystems Management, and worked for 12 years as water resources program manager at Clean Water Services.
Allan Warman, director of the Key Customer Group at Portland General Electric. He has a Masters in Applied Economics from PSU, and formerly was an energy and conservation manager for The Boeing Co.
The board will meet year-round starting next month, and will have its own dedicated staff working out of the City Budget Office.
We are impressed by the depth and breadth of knowledge represented by these nine individuals, and grateful that they have stepped up to serve, Hales said.