PRR Portland is Growing: Expanded team and new office

September 13, 2023
Portland Team Photo, 3 individuals side by side take a group photo.

In 2022, PRR re-kindled its physical Oregon presence by welcoming Kristen Bishop as the director of PRR Portland.

Fast forward to this summer, and we’ve seen our Portland office grow to a team of three dedicated individuals, including Kristen, and an office at VIDA coworking in northeast Portland.

Meet the PRR Portland Team!

Our three local Portland staff bring passion and decades of experience to our three focus areas: environment, transportation, and health. Let’s get to know the dynamic trio at the heart of PRR Portland!

Kristen Bishop – Director of PRR Portland

Kristen brings more than 20 years of expertise in communications, community engagement, and marketing. She previously served as the Executive Director for the community engagement firm Lois D. Cohen and Associates, where she worked closely with numerous local and regional government agencies. Kristen is not just an experienced communications pro, she’s also an avid environmental advocate, spending years working with stakeholders to reduce air emissions.

Katy Asher – Senior Community Engagement Specialist

Katy boasts more than a decade of experience in public-sector and community-facing roles. Her most recent role with the City of Portland Water Bureau saw her managing communications and community engagement for major infrastructure projects. With Katy’s experience working in Portland, she has gained a deep understanding of Portland’s neighborhood system. Katy is passionate about engaging community about projects that will transform where we live, work and play.

Sarah Rose Ezelle – Community Engagement Specialist

Sarah Rose, our newest team member, joined us in June 2023. She brings valuable experience in public health and infrastructure, having worked with government at the state, regional, and city levels. An avid walker, Sarah Rose is interested in pedestrian-centered urban planning and walkable cities.

Our current and recent work in Oregon includes communications for Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Modernization Initiative with a focus on equity and accessibility; facilitation of Oregon Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Advisory Committee; and community engagement and outreach for various sewer and storm water projects around the Portland metropolitan area.

We know that transportation, health, and environment are big priorities in the Portland/Vancouver Metro area, and our Portland team, backed by our Seattle HQ, is available to help.

PRR has decades of experience working in Oregon communities with clients that include Oregon Department of Transportation, the City of Portland, TriMet, Metro, and the Oregon Health Authority.

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