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IMS Faculty & Staff - Sheila Martin

Sheila Martin
Director, Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies
College of Urban & Public Affairs
Portland State University

As Director of the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, my work implements the ideal expressed on the bridge crossing Broadway: Let Knowledge Serve the City. I view my role as a portal to the University's knowledge resources for the community. My primary objective as Director is to ensure that the Institute, the College of Urban and Public Affairs and the University are serving the city by providing independent information about the key issues facing our region and a venue for discussing those issues in a productive, thoughtful way.

My interest in public policy and research began early in life. I received a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Southern Illinois University and a M.A. in International Studies from the University of Kentucky. I received a Ph.D. in Economics from Iowa State University, where I studied rural economic development policy and the impact of public policy on productivity and competitiveness in manufacturing.

As a Senior Economist at the Research Triangle Institute, I built a research program in technology economics and policy and researched the value of new innovation and the impact of technology in industry. Through this experience, I developed a strong appreciation for cross-disciplinary work and an understanding of how physical scientists and social scientists can inform economic models and improve their relevance.

As Governor Gary Locke's economic development advisor, I gained valuable experience in government and an understanding of the difficulty and reward of making and implementing public policy that improves lives. I hope to apply that experience as Director, assisting our community leaders in identifying a path forward and resolving the conflicts that prevent those paths from being followed.

In my spare time I love to cook, bike, hike, read, and spend time with my daughter.

Sheila Martin
Director, Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies
Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Phone: 503-725-5170
Fax: 503-725-5199
sheilam@pdx.edu