Our MURP graduates go on to great careers, in Portland and beyond.
Recent MURP grad example.
Example of MURP not in Portland.
Colin Cooper MURP ’99 is director of planning for Hillsboro, a city that has seen its population increase by more than 6 percent in the past five years compared to the state’s growth of 4.6 percent in the same time period. Keeping Hillsboro’s small town flavor while absorbing growth is a goal that Cooper takes seriously. “As an urban planning student, you’re all about utopian visions,” Cooper says, remembering his days at PSU. “But one of my professors, Sy Adler, said something that totally changed my thinking: As an urban planner, you’re part of the whole development scheme. That one comment made me open up and decide to learn everything I could about the private sector. Being able to see and balance both sides—public and private concerns—has been a huge part of my success.”
Sometimes our MURPs even get elected to public office. In January 2019, Lynn Peterson, MURP ’99, will be sworn in as the President of the Metro Council, Portland’s regional government. Peterson has previously been elected to the Lake Oswego city council and Clackamas County Commission. She also served as head of the state of Washington Department of Transportation. When awarded our College’s Urban Pioneer Award in 2016, Peterson gave an inspiring speech, highlighting lessons learned at PSU, including “The professional ethics of representing those in the room and those not able to be in the room. The single most important professional ethical code you must practice every day.”
Dan Bower, MURP ’04, is the first full-time executive director of Portland Streetcar. He took the position after serving as the Division Manager of Active Transportation for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation.