Interim Director Lynn Peterson will join 1000 Friends this January

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 12:00pm

1000 Friends of Oregon Board announces transportation and land use expert Lynn Peterson to serve as interim executive director

Former Clackamas County Commissioner has also served as a senior transportation advisor to and Transportation Secretary in Oregon and Washington

CONTACT: Mary Kyle McCurdy, 503-497-1000 x130,

December 15, 2016—Chair of the Board of 1000 Friends of Oregon, Kurt Koehler, announced today that transportation and land use leader Lynn Peterson will serve as interim executive director from January 1, 2017 through to the hiring of a new executive director.

“We are pleased to have Lynn’s strong management experience, expertise on land use and transportation policy, and understanding of local government through this transition to ensure the organization remains financially strong and our partnerships continue forward to improve Oregon communities and quality of life,” said Koehler.

Peterson has 30 years of experience in land use and transportation, and this past year was presented the Urban Pioneer Award from Portland State University for her leadership. She is currently a Senior Policy Advisor for the national land use and transportation non-profit Smart Growth America, where she co-manages a program working with state departments of transportation on innovations in project delivery methods. Peterson will remain in her role at Smart Growth America during her time as interim executive director.

Peterson is the former Secretary of the Department of Washington Department of Transportation for Governor Inslee and worked in Governor Kitzhaber administration as his Senior Transportation Policy Advisor. Peterson is formerly elected as the Chair of Clackamas County Commission, Oregon and City Councilor in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She holds both an undergraduate and master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as a second master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

At 1000 Friends, she will lead the day-to-day operations of the organization through the transition. Established in 1975 by then Governor Tom McCall and Henry Richmond, 1000 Friends of Oregon works with Oregonians to enhance our quality of life by building livable urban and rural communities, protecting family farms and forests, and conserving natural areas.

Jason Miner, former executive director of 1000 Friends of Oregon, has become the Natural Resource Policy Manager for Governor Kate Brown’s administration. Since his departure in November Mary Kyle McCurdy has been serving in the role of interim executive director and will now return to her role as Deputy Director for Policy. “I want to thank Mary Kyle for stepping up to fill this role temporarily,” said Koehler. “Her leadership and dedication is invaluable to 1000 Friends.”