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Join us in welcoming Todd Lofgren to the Fish Team as our new Senior Policy Director!
Todd grew up in Wisconsin, with his Swedish father, a physical therapist working with children with physical disabilities, and an American mother, who owned her own small retail business.
Todd has embraced diverse cultures his entire life. He began his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa, and then worked with a refugee resettlement agency in Tucson, Arizona. He also worked with the US Agency for International Development in Washington DC working on African issues.
Todd has a Master's in Public Administration and Policy from The University of Arizona. He has over 20 years of experience managing public, non-profit and private initiatives. From 2007 to 2015, Todd led a team to create innovative public-private partnerships at Portland Parks & Recreation. Prior to joining Commissioner Fish’s team, Todd spent two years living and working in Morocco, promoting economic development initiatives.
In his free time, Todd enjoys recreating with his family and friends in Portland parks and community centers, as well as hiking, fishing and skiing in Oregon's mountains and forests.
This morning, the Portland Water Bureau dedicated the new, energy-efficient Hannah Mason Pump Station. And we celebrated a strong partnership between the Energy Trust of Oregon, the Portland Water Bureau, Portland Parks and Recreation, and the community.
Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Directors Mike Stuhr and Mike Abate, Willamette Park neighbors, architects, builders, and city staff all joined the celebration.
In March, the Energy Trust of Oregon awarded the Water Bureau nearly $500,000 to support the project. Innovative design, new technology, and gravity make the pump station energy-efficient, saving ratepayers over $160,000 each year.
The new pump station is also built to last. It’s designed to withstand the “Big One,” and it will meet future demand in SW Portland.
The Hannah Mason Pump Station is the Water Bureau’s first major infrastructure project named after a woman. It replaces the Fulton Pump Station, the city’s second-oldest and the largest single use of electricity in the entire water system. It also features four state-of-the-art all-user restrooms.
You can learn more here.
Hannah Mason Pump Station
Hannah Mason Pump Station
Ribbon Cutting Celebration
Nick thanking the Energy Trust of Oregon for their partnership and award
Join us in welcoming Mariana Garcia Medina to the Fish Team as our new intern!
Mariana was born in Mexico City, Mexico. She immigrated, along with her family, to the United States at the age of three. Since then, Mariana has considered Tigard, Oregon to be her home.
As a recent graduate of Portland State University, Mariana is thrilled to contribute and learn as part of the team. Mariana is passionate about her community, civic engagement and social justice. Her goal is to work in policy, advocate for underserved communities and be a resource for them. Throughout her time at Portland State, Mariana held many leadership positions, including Director of Las Mujeres, a Latina empowerment organization, and student ambassador. She has also had the opportunity to intern with the Oregon Latino Agenda for Action, Office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer, and the Center for Women’s Leadership. She is currently working on her research of immigration detention centers as a McNair Scholar and serves on the Alumnae Board for the Center for Women’s Leadership.
Mariana loves to explore new places, try new foods and dance at every opportunity.
In every corner of our city, volunteers help the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) make our city cleaner and greener. This morning, Council made it easier for them to help.
Green Street Stewards care for the bioswales that collect stormwater runoff from streets. Bioswales provide habitat, improve air quality, reduce the need for pipes, and save ratepayers money.
Volunteers were eager to help more, and today Council made it possible for Green Street Stewards to plant new vegetation and remove sediment from bioswales.
Council also approved a number of small grants to community partners who help take care of our watersheds. The work of organizations like the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Depave, the National Indian Parent Information Council, Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc., and Verde will restore our urban watersheds, improve stormwater management, replace pavement with native plants, and provide youth environmental education and art projects. Many of these grants are part of the Community Watershed Stewardship Program, which provides small grants and technical assistance for community-led projects.
Volunteers do amazing work in our community, and we’re proud to support their commitment to education and stewardship of our urban watersheds.