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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Commissioner Fish appoints new BES Director

May 8, 2015

City Commissioner Nick Fish announced today his appointment of Michael Jordan as the new Director of the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES).

“I am delighted that Michael Jordan accepted my offer to lead the Bureau of Environmental Services,” said Commissioner Fish. “He brings an extensive record of public and private sector experience to the City, and shares my commitment to stabilizing rates, improving transparency, and strengthening accountability.”

Jordan’s appointment follows a national recruitment to fill the position. Commissioner Fish and his team worked with bureau employees, partner organizations, and community members to develop the recruitment materials, review applications and interview candidates.

Commissioner Fish sought a leader with strong skills in collaborative leadership and management, strategic thinking, equity, communication, innovation, and more. “Mike rose to the top of a very strong candidate pool,” said Commissioner Fish, “and will continue BES’s proud tradition of environmental stewardship and cost-effective delivery of sewer and stormwater services.”

Jordan previously served the State of Oregon as the Director of the Department of Administrative Services and Chief Operating Officer, and the region as Chief Operating Officer for Metro. He held elected office as a County Commissioner in Clackamas County and served as City Administrator in Canby. Jordan spent over a decade working for Pacific Power and Light Company.

Jordan holds a B.S. in Social Science from Portland State University.

“I am honored to be chosen by Commissioner Fish to head the Bureau of Environmental Services and very excited to return to my roots in city government,” said Michael Jordan. “I’m looking forward to engaging Portlanders on the challenging and important work of the bureau.”

Jordan’s annual salary will be $185,000. He will assume his duties June 1, 2015.

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Michael Jordan will lead Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services

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Ex-state exec Michael Jordan to lead Portland's sewer bureau

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Fish taps former state executive for environmental bureau

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Michael Jordan will lead Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services

Wendy Culverwell in the Portland Business Journal

 

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Nigel Jaquiss in the Willamette Week

 

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Portland official opens search for new Water Bureau chief

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$100k investment to revitalize East Portland businesses

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Older Americans Month Proclamation

 

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Painting BIG

May 8, 2015

Are you ready to paint big this Saturday?

The Regional Arts & Culture Council is presenting Painting BIG. It’s a hands-on mural painting workshop that focuses on spray paint, stencil, and projection to learn how to create amazing, large-scale works of art. 

Talented local artist The Lost Cause is leading the workshop. Day-to-day life and cartoons serve as his artistic inspirations. The Lost Cause’s art can be found around Portland, and all over the country!  

Painting BIG is part of the Public Art Murals Program.  Administrated by RACC, the Program has provided matching funds for over 50 mural projects around the city.

All painting materials will be provided at the workshop. It’s $30 per person. Register here.   

Check out RACC’s website for more information. 

Painting BIG

Saturday, May 9, 1 – 4pm

Rosewood Initiative

16126 SE Stark Ave.

Photo courtesy of The Lost Cause.

St. Johns Parade

May 11, 2015 

On Saturday, Nick enjoyed marching in the 53rd Annual St. Johns Parade

He was pleased to join community leaders, elected officials, the Rose Festival Court, marching bands, and more to celebrate 2015’s theme: “We Are Family.”

The St. Johns Parade has been a wonderful North Portland tradition since 1962. The event brings people from all over to celebrate the neighborhood’s rich history.  It has something for everyone – including, the St. Johns “Bizarre,” parade competitions, beautiful vintage cars, face painting, and more!

Thanks to the parade organizers, including Rachael Banks and Barbara Legge, for hosting another great parade!

The Right Brain Initiative

May 12, 2015

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has just awarded The Right Brain Initiative a $30,000 grant!

A program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), The Right Brain Initiative engages young minds by integrating art in school curriculums. The program was launched in 2009, and has grown to reach over 20,000 local students in a single school year.

The grant will go towards building creative capacity for over 600 teachers and 80 teaching artists and arts organizations. This is Right Brain’s fourth grant from NEA, and its largest yet.

Right Brain not only encourages student creativity, it also has a positive effect in other subjects as well. Right Brain Schools see students averaging 6 points higher in reading scores and 9 points higher in math scores than before working with the program. English Language Learners’ scores increased the most – 10 times more after Right Brain!

Check out The Right Brain Initiative’s website to learn more about this great arts program. 

Photo courtesy of RACC.