As Portland’s Environmental Services Director, she led the design of landmark improvements to clean up the Willamette River and Columbia Slough and created the framework to launch curbside recycling. As Co-Founder of Oregon NARAL and Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, Nolan ignited the coalition that created the nation’s most expansive protections for reproductive health for women, men and trans people. As State Representative and House Majority Leader, Nolan protected farmland and open space, extended Project Independence to help seniors hold on to their homes, funded expansions of climate-protective programs, spurred expansions in college scholarships, steered state investment into climate-friendly transportation improvements, and expanded funding for affordable housing services.
Nolan’s skills, passion, experience and ability to bring people together have improved Portland’s landscape and livability in tangible ways. She is exactly the leader we need to help guide Metro in making Portland a place where everyone thrives.