Heidi Bullock (Co-Chair) is an environmental program manager with the Port of Portland who is working with a team on cleaning up the Portland Harbor in a way that is protective of the health of Portlanders and the environment and affordable for the region. Heidi has worked in the environmental industry for over twenty years serving in a variety of technical and management roles. As a scientist she has experience with site investigations, feasibility studies, remedial design and operations, and laboratory analysis work. She also has experience managing both projects and staff. Her project management experience includes project scoping, proposal and budget preparation, project/team coordination, and technical report preparation and review. Heidi also has executive management experience serving as the Portland Business Unit Manager for an environmental engineering consulting firm for three years before joining the Port of Portland. Heidi believes that everyone has the right to clean air and water and values her work in protecting and preserving those resources. Heidi holds a B.S. in Applied Biology from Utah State University and an M.S. in Hydrology from the University of Idaho.
Dory Robinson (Co-Chair) is a leader among Environmental professionals and dedicated to advancing the needs for people of color in her work toward Environmental Justice. It is with pleasure and a sense of duty that she joined PUB in 2018. Dory worked in the Water Quality program at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) as the Northwest Region Water Quality Permit Coordinator on the Underground Injection Control (UIC) and 401 programs as well as the wastewater permitting. Dory has expertise in project management, compliance and problem solving which she gained in her roles at DEQ and internationally with PLANET HK International, where she worked as medical product registrar and FDA regulator in Shanghai, China. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Loyola Marymount University in California. Honors and awards for her work include: presenting at philosophy consortiums at University of Memphis and conferences with Rutgers & Princeton University. Dory is a member of Project Management Institute (PMI), International Professional Women’s Society Asia (IPWS), the International Association for Public Participation – Cascade Chapter (IAP2) and Portland’s Environmental Professionals of Color (EPOC) network. Dory is passionate about constructing, maintaining and sharing environmental justice. She advocates for equity and diversity through education, discussion and activities that promote resiliency, healing and empowerment for all vulnerable communities.
Kaliska Day is a project manager with Wenaha Group and with over 16 years in construction management brings a unique perspective on how utilities impact practical installation. She has familiarity with a breadth of government agencies as well as experience serving several years on the Portland Bureau of Transportation Bureau Budget Advisory Committee. This provided a great opportunity to see the interconnectedness of government and it was rewarding to give input to the process as it would be on the board. She volunteers with the Oregon Native American Chamber which provides opportunity not just to connect with native communities but also many other diverse communities of color. She joined the PUB in 2019 and brings a unique perspective and voice to the construction industry and the effects of government decisions on contractors as well as a voice to the native community and advocate for a severely under-served demographic.
Ted Labbe is a conservation biologist and Policy/Program Director at the Urban Greenspaces Institute. He is a Portland native with a twenty-year professional career that includes experience with nonprofit organizations, State and Tribal agencies, as well as private consulting. He has an M.S. from Colorado State University and has led a series of collaborative conservation efforts, which engage the public in policy-relevant field initiatives. Ted is founding volunteer and board member of Depave, a local nonprofit that creates community-connected greenspaces in pavement-plagued neighborhoods.
Robert Martineau is a Water Operations Mechanic at the Portland Water Bureau. He also serves as the President of AFSCME Local 189, where he chairs the Policy Committee. Rob attended all of the meetings of the Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission and brings knowledge and experience as a front-line operator of Portland’s drinking water system.
Micah Meskel has been in his current position as Conservation Field Coordinator with the Audubon Society of Portland since 2015. Micah was born and raised in Portland, leaving town briefly to attend the University of Oregon where he graduated with a degree in Economics.
Mia Sabanovic is a civil water engineer and joined PUB in 2019 and brings unique experience having worked with both bureaus, working at the Portland Water Bureau for 11 years and the past 2 years with the Bureau of Environmental Services, and an interest in helping the bureaus optimize how to preserve and deliver services. As a refugee from a war-torn Bosnia and Hercegovina she understands the importance of clean and potable water and functioning waste water system that does not result in raw sewage overflows into the rivers and lakes. Coming from a country under severe oppression and genocide she also has a unique understanding of cultural differences in communication, trust and overcoming barriers to engagement with government. Mia is sensitive to the cultural and community diversities and is actively engaged in the community, including organizing and participating in leadership development conferences for women through Portland’s Muslim Educational Trust Center. She brings a passion for water as a sustainable and equitable resource, technical engineering skills and a vast knowledge of both bureaus’ strategic plans.
Gabriela Saldaña-López is the Fiscal Sponsorship Manager and Community Engagement Liaison at Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition in Portland. She was born and raised in Southeast and East Portland and has a double BA from the University of Oregon in Planning, Public Policy and Management and International Studies with a concentration in nonprofit administration. She joined PUB in 2019 and brings unique perspective, connections and experience through her community organizing and event coordination roles over the years and is passionate about advancing actions that can begin to address disparities in Portland.
Karen Spencer is the Chief Operating Officer and a founding team member for Firmcast dba Searchfunder.com, an online community and technology platform for search funds. Karen is a member of the State Bars of California and Oregon, as well as the US Patent & Trademark Office. She has over 25 years of experience as in-house and external counsel with a focus on intellectual property, commercial agreements and the legal implications of business decisions. Karen has a wide range of interests, volunteer engagement and training, including the Oregon Youth Development Council, Portland Parks Foundation, improvisational acting and managing an award-winning blues band. She joined the PUB in 2019 and brings a range of skills in strategic planning, legal analysis, leadership and teamwork to the Board.
Karen Williams brings a broad range of training and experience in hydrogeology, watershed planning and restoration and water pollution reduction. She is currently a Policy Analyst at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality with a current focus on air quality regulations and pollution reduction strategies, previously focusing for over 10 years at DEQ on water quality. With a master’s degree in public administration, she brings a strong research and analytical background as well as understanding of priorities and challenges of local government budgets. As a member of the International Association for Public Participation and volunteer participation in other boards and associations she brings skills in facilitating public meetings, building trust in government and engaging underrepresented stakeholders.
One Voting Member Vacancy
Ana Brophy is a Capital Project Manager with the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) where she is responsible for project management activities related to design, contract administration, and project execution of large-scale multi-disciplinary and multi-phased Capital projects. Ana has 33 years of private and municipal experience in renovation of military family housing, subdivision development, road construction, surveying, trenchless sewer construction, stormwater, vertical construction, human resource management, staff training, and budget development. Ana is a member of the BES Specifications Committee, BES Stormwater Management Committee, and BES Construction Change Management Committee. She serves in the BES Committee for Equity and Diversity (CED) and chairs the CED Professional Development committee, is a member of the Citywide African American Network, mentors in the City Mentoring Program, hosts interns from under-represented high schools interested in environmental and engineering careers, advocates for opportunities for Minority-Owner, Women-Owned, and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Owners and Emerging Small Businesses, and strives to integrate equity and inclusion in her work and partnerships.
Brian Laurent serves as the Environmental Specialist for the MS4 and TMDL regulatory programs that manage the City’s compliance with federal and state requirements to protect and enhance water quality in stormwater and surface waters. He joined BES in 2006 and his experience includes program/project management, industrial permitting, monitoring, investigations, enforcements, data systems, organizational development, process improvement, public speaking and the BES PEER Program. His prior experience in private consulting includes technical work specializing in assessment and restoration of surface water environments and precision surveying for industrial and manufacturing customers. He is a graduate of the Environmental Studies and Geography programs at UCSB and as a resident of Portland, has volunteered with the North Portland Soccer Club and the SMART Reader Program.
Sara Petrocine is the Legislative Affairs Coordinator for the Portland Water Bureau, where she administers the bureau’s state and federal legislative programs. She has nearly fourteen years of experience in policy analysis, policy making, project management, and intergovernmental relations, including representing the bureau in statewide forums, such as the League of Oregon Cities Water/Wastewater Policy Committee. Sara joined PWB in 2012 after serving over six years as a Policy Advisor in City Hall for Commissioner Leonard and has extensive experience working with diverse groups of stakeholders on a wide range of issues across the city. Recently, Sara served three years as an officer of the Oregon Water Utility Council, a statewide committee that monitors and engages in legislation, regulations, public policies, and court actions that could impact water providers.