Quercus Planning Group

Julia Babcock – Public Involvement Coordinator
Julia Babcock was born and raised on the west coast of Florida in Pinellas County. As an undergraduate student at the University of Florida, Julia earned a B.A. in English with minors in Geography and Urban and Regional Planning. During her time in undergraduate, she spent a summer on Nantucket Island studying historic preservation and oral history with the Preservation Institute of Nantucket. After college, she held internships in bicycle and pedestrian planning and worked as a professional development review planner for the cities of Clearwater and West Palm Beach.

In 2008, Julia moved to Oregon to take part in the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) program where she worked at the Port of Cascade Locks for a year in economic development. Following RARE, she entered the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program at PSU with a specialization in Community Development. During her Master’s studies, Julia has held internship positions with Post Carbon Cities, E.D. Hovee and Company, and Oregon Solutions where she is currently a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) performing program evaluation. Through these various academic and professional experiences, she has obtained a wide breadth of knowledge about planning issues and has developed excellent communication, writing and analytical skills.

Bernadette Le – Project Manager
Bernadette Le was born in southern Oregon but spent the majority of her childhood in British Columbia, Canada. In 2005, Bernadette earned a B.S. in Geography from Oregon State University. While studying at OSU, Bernadette worked at the Oregon State University Herbarium on database quality assurance and GIS activities. Shortly after graduating, Bernadette received a job at the US Census Bureau in Washington, DC. At the Census, her duties consisted of project management, partnership development and maintenance, and public education.

In 2008, Bernadette returned to Oregon to begin the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program at Portland State University. Since returning to school, she has worked for Community Environmental Services (CES) and CH2M HILL. At CES, she conducted site visits and coordinated a data collection project. Her work at CH2M HILL has primarily focused on conducting research and writing technical documents. Bernadette’s specialization within the MURP Program is Environment. During her time at PSU, she has enjoyed a variety of classes, including: Negotiations in the Public Sector, Environmental Planning Methods, and Urban Ecology. Bernadette is enrolled in Site Planning this term and believes that this class will provide excellent experience for this project.

Maren Murphy – Client Liaison
Maren Murphy is a native Pacific Northwesterner. She was born and raised in Spokane, Washington and attended college at the University of Washington where she received a B.A. in Geography and Scandinavian Studies with a minor in Norwegian. While at UW, Maren interned at the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition (WWRC) where she helped the WWRC lobby for $100 million from the state budget to fund land acquisition and recreation programs in Washington State. After graduating from UW, Maren interned with the City of Spokane Valley as a planning intern assisting in comprehensive plan amendments, environmental impact analysis, code development, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In January 2008, Maren moved to Portland to begin the Graduate Certificate in GIS at PSU and interned as a GIS Student Employee at the Portland Development Commission.

Maren began the MURP program in the fall of 2008. During her first year in the program, Maren interned with the City of Lake Oswego in two positions, Sustainability Planning Intern and Sustainability Action Month (SAM) Coordinator. At the City, she worked to promote a variety of sustainability initiatives and programs, including a car-sharing study, a waste reduction and tracking program, sustainability policies regarding bottled water and green building, and program coordination for the first ever SAM. Maren also completed an internship with Portland Parks & Recreation where she prepared a draft education plan for Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Since the summer of 2009, Maren has been working with the US Forest Service researching climate change policy and helping with GIS projects. She is also currently a project coordinator (volunteer) with Depave.org, a local nonprofit that works to promote the transformation of pavement into green spaces. In the MURP program, Maren is specializing in urban ecology and restoration, community-based natural resource management, environmental equity, and environmental policy.

Amy Rossa – Logistics Coordinator
Amy Rossa was born and raised in Langley, BC, Canada. In 2005, she completed her B.A. in Geography at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in Abbotsford, BC. Upon graduation from UFV, she worked as a Research Assistant for a federal early childhood initiative, Understanding the Early Years, where she researched and analyzed data to produce graphics, reports and maps which served as tools to communicate community vulnerabilities. Prior to coming to Portland, Amy also worked at the City of Abbotsford as a Planning Technician coordinating the implementation of the City’s Supportive Recovery Housing Policy, including: consulting with social agencies, organizing neighborhood consultation meetings, answering public inquiries, reviewing development applications, organizing site inspections, preparing PowerPoint presentations and various written reports and graphics materials.

In 2008, Amy left this position to start the MURP program at PSU where she is specializing in Land Use. During her time at PSU, Amy has worked as a Community Impact Graduate Intern with the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) with the Office of Institutional Research and Planning at PSU, and most recently a GRA with the Population Research Center at PSU. In the summer of 2009, Amy returned to Canada to work as a Planning Student at the Fraser Valley Regional District. Here she provided assistance and leadership for the Provincial Government initiative ‘Experience the Fraser Project’ (an inter-connected trail system along the Fraser River). She also produced and reviewed project written material including: reports to council, memorandum of understandings, presentations, spreadsheets, web-based materials, graphics and various other documents. Some favorite classes taken at PSU include Land Use Implementation, Real Estate Development, Perspectives on Aging and Urban Ecology.

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