The LCA Team has led over 45 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

BIO +

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.

Amy L. Higgs

Amy L. Higgs

Vice President, Community Engagement

BIO +

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.

Joe Tursi

Joe Tursi

Community Engagement Project Manager

BIO +

Joe Tursi is a Community Engagement Project Manager who has been with LCA since 2015, and has a background in sustainable design, education, and community engagement. He has a Masters in Sustainable Design from Philadelphia University, and a BS in Business Marketing from Western Oregon University. Joe earned his LEED accreditation and has completed courses through the National Charrette Institute. He enjoys the collaborative problem solving process and has used that approach to help organize community workshops, multi-day sustainability events, and to develop a framework for integrating inquiry/project based learning about sustainability into K-12 curriculum. Joe uses this same approach at LCA to find new and creative ways to engage the public. In his spare time, Joe enjoys spending time with his friends and family, watching movies, hiking around the Pacific Northwest, and capturing moments in everyday life through photography.

Summer Ali

Summer Ali

Community Engagement Project Coordinator

BIO +

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

BIO +

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

BIO +

Benjamin McLean is a Public Involvement Project Coordinator and plays a central role in creating heathy 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

BIO +

<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

BIO +

<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

Siobhan O’Leary

Siobhan O’Leary

Senior Community Engagement Manager

BIO +

<h1><img class=”alignright wp-image-469 size-full” src=”http://www.loisdcohen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Siobhan-OLeary-Sr-Community-Engagement-Manager.jpg” alt=”” width=”200″ height=”244″ /><span style=”color: #f26363;”>Siobhan O’Leary</span></h1> <h3>Senior Community Engagement Manager</h3> Siobhan has worked across public, private, and nonprofit sectors, developing the communication skills needed for effective community engagement. Her genuine interest in understanding the values and culture of different communities helps her design customized outreach programs. Siobhan focuses on translating technical information for stakeholders, while gathering and synthesizing public feedback to share with project decision-makers. Siobhan’s experiences working in urban communities have given her practical knowledge about connecting with diverse groups as well as an understanding of the important role that public engagement plays in a thriving society. Her background as an educator is valuable for LCA’s unique School-Based Outreach Program, while her interest in efficiency guides her in the careful management of projects. Siobhan grew up in NE Portland, attended college and graduate school on the East Coast, and has worked in Los Angeles, New York City, New Orleans, and Dublin, Ireland. She is happy to be back living in NE Portland where she can often be found with her husband and daughter at their family-owned Irish pub. <strong>Email</strong>: soleary@loisdcohen.com <strong>Call</strong>: 503-975-7073

Joe Tursi

Joe Tursi

Community Engagement Project Manager

BIO +

<h1><img class=”alignright wp-image-468 size-full” src=”http://www.loisdcohen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Joe-Tursi-Community-Engagement-Manager.jpg” alt=”” width=”200″ height=”244″ /><span style=”color: #f26363;”>Joe Tursi</span></h1> <h3>Community Engagement Project Manager</h3> Joe Tursi is a Community Engagement Project Manager who has been with LCA since 2015, and has a background in sustainable design, education, and community engagement. He has a Masters in Sustainable Design from Philadelphia University, and a BS in Business Marketing from Western Oregon University. Joe earned his LEED accreditation and has completed courses through the National Charrette Institute. He enjoys the collaborative problem solving process and has used that approach to help organize community workshops, multi-day sustainability events, and to develop a framework for integrating inquiry/project based learning about sustainability into K-12 curriculum. Joe uses this same approach at LCA to find new and creative ways to engage the public. In his spare time, Joe enjoys spending time with his friends and family, watching movies, hiking around the Pacific Northwest, and capturing moments in everyday life through photography. <strong>Email</strong>: joe@loisdcohen.com <strong>Call</strong>: 503-975-7073

Summer Ali

Summer Ali

Community Engagement Associate

BIO +

<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