Courtney Patterson is serving as PBEM’s interim director. She has worked at the bureau for five years, including the last 18 months as the Emergency Operations Manager. She is currently responsible for strategic planning, staff management, policy development, and overall direction for the bureau. She is responsible for the Portland Emergency Coordination Center, where City employees gather to manage disaster situations. She spent five years at the bureau designing trainings, simulating disasters, and writing procedures for PBEM.
Previously, she served as a United States Marine planning and conducting humanitarian assistance training in Okinawa, Japan, Pohang, South Korea, and Manila, the Philippines; evacuating American citizens from Japan following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami; and deploying to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as a battalion Logistics Officer to build roads and bridges and provide bulk fuel and water. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science and Latin American studies from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Courtney lived in New Orleans before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina, prompting her passion for emergency management work.