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Director Susan Anderson

Susan Anderson, BPS Director

Susan Anderson is the Director of the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. She leads a 100-person team focused on urban design, comprehensive and neighborhood planning, compact urban growth, and historic preservation; as well as citywide energy efficiency, solar and other clean energy technologies, sustainable building practices, climate preparation/adaptation, sustainable food systems, electric vehicles, waste reduction, composting and recycling.

She led the development of the first local government Climate Action Plan in the United States, and 1) the Portland Plan, the city’s strategic plan, 2) the 2015 Climate Action Plan, and 3) a new city-wide Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Zoning Code.

Susan has presented at dozens of venues nationally and internationally on sustainable urban development. She has held director-level positions in the public and private sector, and holds degrees in Economics and Environmental Science, and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning. She was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus, University of Oregon and as an Outstanding Alumnus, University of California-Santa Barbara.