OUR TEAM

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

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

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.

Benjamin McLean

Benjamin McLean

Community Engagement Project Coordinator

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Benjamin McLean is a Community Engagement 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.

Zachary Johnson

Zachary Johnson

Community Engagement Project Coordinator

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Zachary Johnson recently joined LCA as a community engagement project coordinator. In this role, he supports LCA in both business administration and project coordination. Zach holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs from Washington State University Vancouver. As an undergrad, Zach worked for the WSU Vancouver Initiative for Public Deliberation where he designed public engagement events and provided facilitation training to hundreds of staff, faculty, and students. He brings this unique experience and his passion for effective community involvement to his role at LCA. In his free time, Zach enjoys hiking and photography.

Jamani Ward-Lewis

Jamani Ward-Lewis

Community Engagement Project Assistant

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Jamani Ward-Lewis provides support on our current projects. A gifted artist, LCA has utilized his skills in graphic design, sketching, and layout. Jamani is in the midst of earning his Bachelors of Science degree in Film at Portland State University with a focus on animation. Prior to LCA Jamani worked as an executive director’s assistant at Know Your City, a non-profit organization based on educating Portlanders on the disenfranchised communities of Portland, Oregon. He organized public events, mentored youth at Roosevelt High School, and created illustrations. Jamani also has a background with journalism by working at KBOO Community Radio where he anchored the evening news, organized/ran interviews, and did community outreach.

Staff portraits sketched by Jamani Ward-Lewis.

Cooper

Cooper

Mascot & Chief Smile Producer

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Cooper, a 4-year-old yellow English Lab, is LCA’s mascot and chief smile producer. He is happy to lend a hand by cleaning up food spills on the floor, keeping our feet warm while lying under our desks, and maintaining high office morale by being his friendly, furry self. Cooper hails from Klamath Falls and has a degree in Good Canine Citizenship.

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.

Kristen Bishop

Kristen Bishop

Project Manager

BIO +

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

Jen Gray-O'Connor

Project Manager

BIO +

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.

Benjamin McLean

Benjamin McLean

Community Engagement Associate

BIO +

Benjamin McLean is a Community Engagement 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.

Zachary Johnson

Zachary Johnson

Community Engagement Project Coordinator

BIO +

Zachary Johnson recently joined LCA as a community engagement project coordinator. In this role, he supports LCA in both business administration and project coordination. Zach holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs from Washington State University Vancouver. As an undergrad, Zach worked for the WSU Vancouver Initiative for Public Deliberation where he designed public engagement events and provided facilitation training to hundreds of staff, faculty, and students. He brings this unique experience and his passion for effective community involvement to his role at LCA. In his free time, Zach enjoys hiking and photography.

Jamani Ward-Lewis

Jamani Ward-Lewis

Community Engagement Project Assistant

BIO +

Jamani Ward-Lewis provides support on our current projects. A gifted artist, LCA has utilized his skills in graphic design, sketching, and layout. Jamani is in the midst of earning his Bachelors of Science degree in Film at Portland State University with a focus on animation. Prior to LCA Jamani worked as an executive director’s assistant at Know Your City, a non-profit organization based on educating Portlanders on the disenfranchised communities of Portland, Oregon. He organized public events, mentored youth at Roosevelt High School, and created illustrations. Jamani also has a background with journalism by working at KBOO Community Radio where he anchored the evening news, organized/ran interviews, and did community outreach.

Cooper

Cooper

Mascot & Chief Smile Producer

BIO +

Cooper, a 4-year-old yellow English Lab, is LCA’s mascot and chief smile producer. He is happy to lend a hand by cleaning up food spills on the floor, keeping our feet warm while lying under our desks, and maintaining high office morale by being his friendly, furry self. Cooper hails from Klamath Falls and has a degree in Good Canine Citizenship.