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Emily Picha

Project Director & Chief of Staff


  • M.A. Urban and Regional Planning, Portland State University
  • B.A. Global Economics, University of California at Santa Cruz

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Portland, OR

Since joining the firm in 2012, Emily has collaborated with local governments across the Northwest to assess opportunities and barriers to revitalization and outline how public policy choices can help development pencil. She has brought this approach to dozens of housing action plans, equitable development and opportunity site strategies, brownfields projects, and infrastructure funding strategies. In addition, she has co-authored reports evaluating policy tradeoffs for inclusionary housing, rent control, and anti-displacement programs. As Chief of Staff, she manages firm wide internal projects and communications, working closely with the President. Emily is on the Urban Land Institute’s NEXT Committee.


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