At its Wednesday, January 13, 2016 morning session, City Council confirmed the appointments of Eli Spevak and Katie Larsell to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission.
Eli Spevak has a background in sustainable residential development and affordable and community-oriented housing. Eli has had extensive civic involvement in Portland and recently served on the Comprehensive Plan Residential Development and Compatibility Policy Expert Group. He is also currently serving on the Residential Infill Stakeholder Advisory Committee. He is the owner of Orange Splot LLC and previously worked as a project manager at the Housing Development Center. He was a Loeb fellow and has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from PSU.
Katie Larsell is an East Portland advocate and has served on the Parkrose School Board, Steering Committee for the Bicycle Master Plan 2020 and was a charter member of the East Portland Action Plan (EPAP). She is currently a member of the Citywide Budget Advisory Committee. Katie’s diverse work background includes being an industrial engineer and an ordained minister.
The appointees' diverse backgrounds and knowledge of Portland will make them valuable members of the Commission. Their first meeting as PSC members will be on January 26, 2016.