Janet has great ideas and is always willing to listen to others as well.  She has the ability to take the consensus of a group and move it forward toward a solid product.

Peter Harnik, City Park Excellence, Trust for Public Lands

Creative Project Management

February 2014 - Present

Principal consultant on public and private project management projects that focus on site development, master plans, public dialogue and partner coordination.  Projects include:

  1. Leach Botanical Garden

  2. Project manager for Portland Parks and Recreation and liaison with Leach Garden Friends for the development of 7 acres of new botanical garden.  The project is funded by PP&R and PDC and focuses on the relevancy of this cultural asset in diverse, outer East Portland.

  3. The Intertwine Alliance

  4. Consultant and technical expert for the Alliance which includes approximately 140 partner organizations supporting the region’s parks, trails and natural areas.  Work includes research and process around regional funding and metrics, participation at staff meetings and Core Group brainstorming. 

Metro Sustainability Center, Portland Oregon

August 2007 - February 2014

Principal Regional Planner to develop an interconnected system of parks, trails and natural areas through the region which includes three counties and twenty-six cities.  Metro property includes approximately 16,000 acres of natural areas.  Key initiatives include The Intertwine Alliance, developing public and private partnerships to raise communication and funding opportunities.  Projects include:

  1. Conservation planning for Smith and Bybee Wetlands, a 2,000 acre resource within the City of Portland, including approval of 18 simultaneous land use actions

  2. Natural area assessment and management planning for target areas

  3. Green infrastructure development and coordination with SW Corridor high capacity transit planning

  4. Development of principles regarding open space and economic development

  5. Lead in Advisory Panel and in-house team for funding based on levy tax measure that passed in May 2013

  6. Key staff in transformation of regional trail work to Active Transportation program

Portland Parks and Recreation, Planning and Development, Portland, Oregon

March 1995 - May 1999; June 2001 - July 2007

Strategic Projects Manager, responsible for planning through project development (July 2005 to 2007).  Responsibility includes supervision of twelve professional staff and management of $2,000,000 operating budget and approximately $20,000,000 capital budget annually.

Planning Supervisor for the planning group for Portland Parks, which has responsibility for 10,000 acre park system and coordination with regional and local planning efforts.   (July 2002 to July 2005) Topics include strategic planning and master plans along with planning for trails and natural areas.  Responsibility includes supervision of seven professional staff and management of budget of approximately $1,000,000.

Major projects by staff include:

  1. Strategic Business Plan for bureau

  2. South Waterfront Greenway Development Plan; Red Electric Trail Plan

  3. Land use review pertaining to park property
    Natural areas planning, development of an acquisitions approach

  4. Mt. Tabor Reservoir design competition – structure and setup

  5. Asset Management system development

Program manager for planning and design in urban renewal districts.  (June 2001 to June 2002)  Responsibilities included communication and direction in assessing the need for new parks in relationship to urban growth, strategies for acquiring and implementing new parks in urban renewal districts.  Major projects included park planning for North Macadam Urban Renewal and midtown planning for Director Park and O’Bryant Square.

2000 - 2001

Eight-month sabbatical in Florence Italy to study music, language and architectural history.

1984 - 1987

Masters degree program in Ethnomusicology, Tufts University, Medford, Mass.  Course work completed.


Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass.  Thesis work provided guidelines to the island of St. Kitts on fragile ecosystems and development pressures.


Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, University of the Pacific, Stockton Ca., concentrating in South Asian Studies. 


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