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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


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

The Water Bureau's first female chief engineer

September 17, 2015

Teresa Elliott is the Portland Water Bureau's new chief engineer!

Teresa has been with the Water Bureau since 1996 as a civil engineer. Since then, she has broken glass ceilings, becoming the bureau’s first female principal engineer, and now, the first female chief engineer.

One of Teresa's priorities is preparing our water infrastructure for a large earthquake. In 2005, she and other Water Bureau staff traveled to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and helped restore the their water system.

Her hard work in New Orleans was great training for emergency preparedness in Portland. There are 2,800 miles of water pipes throughout the city, and she helps ensure that our pipes are ready for a natural disaster.

Congratulations, Teresa! Thanks for your outstanding service!

Portland Water Bureau names first female chief engineer

Beverly Corbell in the Daily Commerce Journal

Photo courtesy of Sam Tenney, Daily Journal of Commerce