Sydney Odell joined the City of Portland’s Office of Government Relations in March 2018. Prior to joining the office, she spent four years working as a freelance writer and English teacher in Istanbul, Turkey. She brings with her many years of international experience including an internship in the Office of Cultural Affairs at the US Embassy in Paris. In 2013, Sydney obtained her degree in Communications with two minors in Political Science and Conflict Resolution from BYU-Hawaii. During her undergraduate education, Sydney helped to organize several campus events around gender equality and peace building. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys reading, baking, and training her cats to fetch. Although she has lived in many different states and countries, Sydney is proud to work with the City of Portland and put some roots down with her new Iranian husband in the City of Roses.