A Fond Farewell, and a Warm Welcome

Wed, 01/16/2019 (All day)

Farewell, Madeline, and Welcome, Sam!1000 Friends of Oregon today announces that Madeline Kovacs, 1000 Friends of Oregon's Portland for Everyone Program Coordinator, will be leaving to take on the job as Sightline Institute's newest Fellow, working on state-level abundant-housing efforts in Oregon and Washington.

Simultaneously, Sam Diaz has returned to 1000 Friends to advance housing, transportation, and livability efforts in the greater Portland area. Most recently, Diaz was Program Manager of the Resources Legacy Fund, a conservation philanthropy serving Western North America. From 2015 to 2017, Diaz served in the Administration of California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., developing environmental and natural resources policy, setting grant program priorities, and working with governments, advocacy organizations, philanthropy, and private industry.

Sam will support 1000 Friends of Oregon's Portland for Everyone coalition as the City of Portland finalizes two key housing reforms: the Residential Infill Project and the Better Housing by Design. Throughout the greater Portland area, Sam will also support 1000 Friends’s strategic partnerships, manage the Land Use Leadership Initiative, and participate in diverse coalitions to create cutting-edge policy and public funding solutions for parks, mobility, housing, and climate change.

We are excited to have Madeline take on this critical multi-state role focused on housing policy in Oregon and Washington and to have Sam return to cover our pressing regional issues.

Congratulations, Madeline, and welcome back, Sam!


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