Jennifer H. Allen has been named the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University (PSU), the provost announced today.
"Sustainability is PSU's main overarching focus in our teaching, research and engagement with the community," said PSU President Wim Wiewel. "Jennifer has been a leader in these efforts and I'm thrilled to have her as Director of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions."
“With Jennifer’s leadership, we can be confident that the Institute is poised to lead PSU toward regional and national excellence in sustainability research, education and community engagement,” said Roy Koch, PSU’s Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Allen has served as the interim director of the Institute since October 2011. The new position is effective immediately.
“I’m honored to be chosen for this important leadership role and excited to continue working with faculty, students and community partners to demonstrate how our programs can translate to impact on the ground,” Allen said.
Allen is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and one of the region’s foremost leaders in sustainability. Prior to 2009, she served as interim Director of PSU’s Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices, the precursor to the institute. In this role, she supported the development of sustainability-related research and curricula across campus, as well as fostering partnerships between the University and other institutions in the region and internationally.
Allen has previously worked at the World Bank, Ecotrust and the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department. She currently serves on the boards of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute and Illahee, and is a member of the Multnomah County Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Innovation. She previously served on the Portland-Multnomah County Sustainable Development Commission as well as on the boards of Shorebank Pacific, Food Alliance and Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. She holds degrees from Yale University, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and George Mason University.