Welcome Kristen Bishop, Director of PRR Portland

February 4, 2022
PRR has a long history work in Portland and throughout the state of Oregon for clients that include the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Transportation, Metro, TriMet, and more. We’ve learned a lot about what matters to people in Oregon and how to reach them through an equity lens, and we’re thrilled to say we’re back in person, with Kristen Bishop as our new director of the Portland office.

We're excited to announce that Kristen Bishop will serve as director of PRR Portland. Kristen has more than 20 years of experience in communications, community outreach, and urban planning, with extensive experience working with public agencies, port authorities, electric utilities, community-based organizations, and state and local governments. Kristen's deep roots in and local knowledge of Portland and its surrounding area will help PRR service more Oregon clients with services that include community engagement, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), research, and social marketing. Thoughts from our Managing Principal, Diana Steeble:

Prior to joining PRR, Kristen served as executive director for Lois D. Cohen Associates, a Portland-based community engagement firm, where she led community engagement work for several local and state agencies. The firm recently closed due to the passing of its founder, Lois Cohen. An active member of WTS and IAP2, Kristen will work with PRR’s current clients in Oregon, including the City of Portland and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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