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Michael Jordan, Director

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Mentor Name:
Michael Jordan

Director of Environmental Services

Bureau of Environmental Services, City of Portland

BS from Portland State University, Certificate of Sustainability Leadership from University of Oregon

Michael J. Jordan became Director of the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services in June 2015. Before joining Environmental Services, Mr. Jordan served as Oregon state government’s chief operating officer. As COO, he was responsible for leadership and oversight of the day-to-day operations of the state and the Department of Administrative Services.

From 2003 to 2011, Mr. Jordan served as Metro’s chief operating officer where he was responsible for a workforce of 1,600 and the integrated management of public services and economic development assets that benefit the Portland tri-county region through Metro’s regional governance. His previous public roles include service as a Clackamas County commissioner, a seat to which he was appointed and subsequently elected. Jordan honed his public administration expertise as the city administrator for Canby, where for more than 10 years he was responsible for managing all aspects of city operations.

Before entering public service, Mr. Jordan worked for 11 years at Pacific Power and Light managing retail water distribution systems and construction project management for electricity transmission delivery systems across three states.
Mr. Jordan attended the graduate program for public administration at Lewis and Clark College, holds a BS from Portland State University, and attended the University of Oregon on a baseball scholarship from 1974 to 1978. In 2009 he completed a Certificate of Sustainability Leadership at U of O.

Mike has served in numerous volunteer leadership capacities including Canby City Council where he chaired the budget committee; League of Oregon Cities Board of Directors; Association of Oregon Counties Board of Directors; Clackamas County Charter Review Committee; Clackamas County Commission on Children and Families; Clackamas County Economic Development Committee; Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies Board of Directors; Livable Oregon Board; Oregon Downtown Development Association Board of Directors; Oregon Progress Board Chair; Oregon Solution Network; SOLV Board of Directors; and the United Way of the Columbia/Willamette Board of Directors.

Public Service, Mentoring/Facilitation, Customer Service, Strategic Planning, Public Policy

Technical Proficiencies:

  • Budgeting
  • Capital Project Management
  • Conflict Management
  • Contract Management
  • Decision Making
  • Effective Communication
  • Leadership
  • Listening
  • Performance Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management
  • Running Effective Meetings
  • Strategic Planning

Occupational Experiences:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Administration
  • Education/Training
  • Environmental Protection
  • Management
  • Program Management
  • Public Policy
  • Public Safety