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Commissioner Steve Novick

Official Website for Commissioner Steve Novick

Phone: 503-823-4682

fax: 503-823-4019

1221 SW 4th Ave. Suite 210, Portland, OR 97204

About Commissioner Novick

Steve Novick portraitSteve Novick grew up in Cottage Grove, Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon and Harvard Law School. He spent nine years as an environmental law enforcement lawyer at the U.S. Justice Department, recovering $129 million for taxpayers in the Love Canal toxic waste case, and securing judgments against violators of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.

Since returning to Oregon in 1996, Steve has served as policy director in Governor Kulongoski’s 2002 campaign; as communications director for Citizens for Oregon’s Future, a non-profit dedicated to providing reliable information to the public on tax and budget issues; as legislative liaison for Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo; and as a policy analyst and spokesperson in numerous campaigns against ballot measures that threatened education, healthcare, public safety and services for seniors. Steve has also waged a lengthy campaign to get the Oregon Lottery to increase its investments in schools by reducing its excessive payments video lottery retailers.

Novick has said that his focus as a Commissioner will be on looking for opportunities, in a variety of policy areas, to "take action now to avoid problems later." He stated, "We can strengthen our economy by making Portland a model for reducing healthcare costs. We do that in part by encouraging and enabling people to keep themselves healthier and avoid trips to the hospital - everything from developing safe routes for kids to walk to school to getting employers and unions together to share effective wellness strategies.”

Novick is also confident that Portland can be made safer by working with the County and the State to redirect some resources from prison to prevention. “And we can make Portland truly sustainable,” he said, “by taking steps to get ready for the earthquake - steps like getting help for homeowners to bolt their homes to their foundations."

Novick has also stressed the need for Portland to address the startling levels of inequality in the city. He believes that the use of urban renewal as a primary economic development strategy has too often exacerbated, rather than alleviated, racial and geographic disparities in Portlanders' standard of living, and that in future, the City's major investments and policy decisions need to be subjected to "equity impact analysis."

Novick, a former longtime Sellwood-Moreland resident, now lives with his wife, Rachel Novick, and their Corgis, Pumpkin and Checkers, in the Multnomah Village neighborhood. They enjoy playing tetherball, watching the Colbert Report, and taking advantage of Portland's many treasures, from Trek in the Park to dragonboat races to walking up Mount Tabor, walking through Forest Park to Pittock Mansion... and, of course, the Corgi Walk in the Pearl.

Commissioner Novick's Official Calendar

2013 Reporting Calendar