Sam Adams

Activitist in Portland, Oregon

Sam Adams

Activitist in Portland, Oregon

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The former mayor of Portland, Oregon, Sam Adams is currently the director of the World Resources Institute (WRI) United States. He has dedicated his public service career to improving community prosperity, equity and environmental sustainability . He served as mayor from 2009 through 2012, during which time he introduced a comprehensive 25-year plan to guide the city's future.

Sam Adams lead efforts to craft the Portland Plan to concentrate on emissions reduction and economic development, both of which were made measurable with five-year action tasks and 12 assessment measures. Adams, community and business stakeholders developed the plan through extensive research into such key issues as public health, education, transportation, and civic engagement.

To ensure implementation of the Portland Plan, he helped co-found the Office of Equity and Human Rights and public-private community non-profits like, All Hands Raised, Enhabit and EcoDistricts, and Greater Portland, Inc.

Recognized for his work in promoting diversity and sustainability in Portland, Mr. Adams has accepted honors such as the Friends of Trees Individual Leadership Award and the Civil Rights Champion award from the Oregon League of Minority Voters. His work has also been featured in a number of publications, including The Atlantic and The New York Times, which detailed the benefits of his initiatives to create a more equitable, sustainable and diverse economy.