The LCA Team has led over 50 successful public involvement programs in 34 communities on multiple scales, from public works projects to bridge replacements and building construction.

Lois D. Cohen

Lois D. Cohen

President

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Lois Cohen is a dynamic leader in the field of Public Involvement, and the force behind LCA’s long-standing success in implementing programs that deliver results. For over 25 years, Lois has been helping people successfully navigate a wide range of situations, including those that are divisive and politically charged. Lois has the wisdom and creativity to create opportunities where none exist, forge alliances, and implement innovative, cost-effective approaches that enable our clients to achieve their goals. She has a gift for helping people connect, build meaningful relationships, and collaborate. Her belief in the importance of educating our future leaders led her to create the innovative and widely recognized School-based Outreach Program in 2005. Lois is also a sought-after public speaker and workshop facilitator. She particularly enjoys projects requiring interface with the public sector, having worked federal, state, and city government. Before becoming President of LCA, she served as Director of Community Partnerships for Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education, as Intergovernmental Project Manager for Oregon’s Department of General Services, and as regional representative of the US Secretary of Transportation. In her free time, Lois takes in the latest in Portland’s art, dance, and theatre scene.

Kristen Bishop

Project Manager

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Kristen Bishop has recently joined LCA as a Project Manager. An Urban Planner, Kristen has 18 years of experience managing public projects in the transportation, environmental and infrastructure fields. Kristen was previously an independent consultant working nationally with municipalities, transportation agencies and public utilities on projects related to environmental sustainability, public infrastructure and the built environment.  She brings planning and communications expertise with her to the LCA team.

Jen Gray-O'Connor

Project Manager

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Jen is a published writer and researcher on issues of social inequality in public transit planning. She joins LDC after years of local government community engagement experience, specializing in outreach to underserved populations. As a former Americans with Disabilities coordinator, she is experienced with finding creative solutions to ensure that all people have access to public meetings and information. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and is currently completing a doctorate in Urban Sociology.  She is a photographer and avid gardener.

Summer Ali

Summer Ali

Community Engagement Project Coordinator

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As a community engagement project coordinator, Summer Ali is a critical member of LCA’s growing team. Responsible for both business administration and project coordination, Summer’s ability to switch quickly between tasks, meet deadlines, and learn new skills has led to her increasingly varied role. Summer holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology from Portland State University with a focus on diversity and under-served populations. Her dedication to diverse and inclusive outreach lend to her ability to think critically about methods and come up with equitable solutions. Summer’s work as a legal assistant at a local law firm has helped her communicate with sensitivity and understanding and has shaped her philosophy that you must communicate with people where they are, not where you want them to be.

Elliott Tran

Elliott Tran

Community Engagement Associate

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As a Community Engagement Coordinator, Elliott ensures projects are running smoothly and efficiently. She brings three years of communication experience and two years of experience working in government. Previously, Elliott worked in public information, social sustainability and community health from the local to the international scale. She understands the importance of on the ground work in building trust between local government and the communities they serve, and is passionate about government transparency and accountability. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, going to the movies and spending time with her pet rabbits.

Benjamin McLean

Community Engagement Associate

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Benjamin McLean is a Public Involvement Project Coordinator and plays a central role in creating healthy and enduring relationships with local organizations and community members. He received a master’s degree in Communication from Portland State University and has a passion for public engagement and education. Before joining LCA, Ben worked in government as a Communication Specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. There, he applied his education toward the improvement of public understanding and engagement with issues concerning aquatic invasive species, watershed management, and environmental stewardship. During his undergraduate education at Oregon State University, Ben worked for Oregon State Parks and Recreation. As a park ranger, he learned the value of public trust and developed skills in conflict resolution. In his free time, Ben loves to cycle, backpack and snowboard.

Lois D. Cohen

Lois D. Cohen

President

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<h1><img class=”alignright size-full wp-image-471″ src=”http://www.loisdcohen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Lois-Cohen-President.jpg” alt=”” width=”200″ height=”244″ /><span style=”color: #f26363;”>Lois D. Cohen</span></h1> <h3>President</h3> Lois Cohen is a dynamic leader in the field of Public Involvement, and the force behind LCA’s long-standing success in implementing programs that deliver results. For over 25 years, Lois has been helping people successfully navigate a wide range of situations, including those that are divisive and politically charged. Lois has the wisdom and creativity to create opportunities where none exist, forge alliances, and implement innovative, cost-effective approaches that enable our clients to achieve their goals. She has a gift for helping people connect, build meaningful relationships, and collaborate. Her belief in the importance of educating our future leaders led her to create the innovative and widely recognized School-based Outreach Program in 2005. Lois is also a sought-after public speaker and workshop facilitator. She particularly enjoys projects requiring interface with the public sector, having worked federal, state, and city government. Before becoming President of LCA, she served as Director of Community Partnerships for Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education, as Intergovernmental Project Manager for Oregon’s Department of General Services, and as regional representative of the US Secretary of Transportation. In her free time, Lois takes in the latest in Portland’s art, dance, and theatre scene. <strong>Email</strong>: lois@loisdcohen.com <strong>Call</strong>: 503-332-4869

Amy L. Higgs

Amy L. Higgs

Vice President, Community Engagement

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<h1><img class=”alignright wp-image-470 size-full” src=”http://www.loisdcohen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Amy-Higgs-Sr-Community-Engagement-Manager.jpg” alt=”” width=”200″ height=”244″ /><span style=”color: #f26363;”>Amy L. Higgs</span></h1> <h3>Vice President, Community Engagement</h3> Amy is a community engagement professional who brings to our team 15 years of experience designing and managing outreach and education programs. Amy enjoys creating opportunities for people to learn about and engage in projects that impact their communities. She has implemented community engagement programs for projects including the Portland Building, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and the Sellwood Bridge, as well as conservation outreach programs that were implemented internationally through Conservation International. Amy has a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Natural Resource Management and Behavior. She has presented workshops and seminars to diverse adult audiences in English and Spanish, and has taught elementary to graduate level students, including classes at the University of Michigan. She has advanced K-12 schools and organizations on their paths toward sustainability through reforms in curriculum, operations, policy, and facilities. In her free time, Amy can be found pedaling her tandem bike, crafting up a storm, or exploring the nooks and crannies of the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two school-aged children. <strong>Email</strong>: amy@loisdcohen.com <strong>Call</strong>: 503-975-7073

Summer Ali

Summer Ali

Community Engagement Associate

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<h1><img class=”alignright wp-image-467 size-full” src=”http://www.loisdcohen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Summer-Ali-Community-Engagement-Coordinator.jpg” alt=”” width=”200″ height=”244″ /><span style=”color: #f26363;”>Summer Ali</span></h1> <h3>Community Engagement Associate</h3> As a community engagement associate, Summer Ali is a critical member of LCA’s growing team. Responsible for both business administration and project coordination, Summer’s ability to switch quickly between tasks, meet deadlines, and learn new skills has led to her increasingly varied role. Summer holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology from Portland State University with a focus on diversity and under-served populations. Her dedication to diverse and inclusive outreach lend to her ability to think critically about methods and come up with equitable solutions. Summer’s work as a legal assistant at a local law firm has helped her communicate with sensitivity and understanding and has shaped her philosophy that you must communicate with people where they are, not where you want them to be. <strong>Email</strong>: summer@loisdcohen.com <strong>Call</strong>: 503-975-7073

Elliott Tran

Elliott Tran

Community Engagement Associate

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As a Community Engagement Coordinator, Elliott ensures projects are running smoothly and efficiently. She brings three years of communication experience and two years of experience working in government. Previously, Elliott worked in public information, social sustainability and community health from the local to the international scale. She understands the importance of on the ground work in building trust between local government and the communities they serve, and is passionate about government transparency and accountability. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, going to the movies and spending time with her pet rabbits.

Benjamin McLean

Community Engagement Associate

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Benjamin McLean is a Public Involvement Project Coordinator and plays a central role in creating healthy and enduring relationships with local organizations and community members. He received a master’s degree in Communication from Portland State University and has a passion for public engagement and education. Before joining LCA, Ben worked in government as a Communication Specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. There, he applied his education toward the improvement of public understanding and engagement with issues concerning aquatic invasive species, watershed management, and environmental stewardship. During his undergraduate education at Oregon State University, Ben worked for Oregon State Parks and Recreation. As a park ranger, he learned the value of public trust and developed skills in conflict resolution. In his free time, Ben loves to cycle, backpack and snowboard.