“I am inspired by the power of people to express care for their communities, their families. My work brings me into contact with individuals’ and communities’ highest aspirations for the future.”
Kirstin Greene is Managing Principal and the majority owner of Cogan Owens Greene. A native Oregonian, Kirstin’s commitment to sustainability and vibrant communities is palpable. Kirstin is an energetic and gifted facilitator and committed comprehensive planner. This combination of skills makes her an exceptional leader and valuable partner in any collaborative process.
Kirstin’s early life experiences living close to the land deeply inform her commitments to nature and people. Disturbed and intrigued by the issue of global hunger, Kirstin set out to study political science, economics, and international development at the University of Oregon. After earning her degree, she traveled to Thailand where she lived on the edge of a national forest and worked for the Population and Community Development Organization, a leading non-profit focused on community-based economic development. When living in Thailand, Kirstin became directly aware of the relationship between urban planning, health and environment – connections not typically taught in school. On her return, she earned concurrent Masters degrees in Asian Studies and Urban and Regional Planning.
Kirstin joined the COG team in the mid-1990’s and is honored to bring her skills together to serve communities and the environment in Portland and beyond. Kirstin is particularly honored to have worked with the sovereign nation of the Tulalip Tribes on a project focused on improving water quality of the Puget Sound while planning for the future needs of the Tulalip nation. Kirstin also help design, manage and implement Complete Communities for Clackamas County – a 15-year initiative that, among its accomplishments redefined rural governance models, created the Diversity Advisory Boards and Youth Leadership project. Her work with Elaine Cogan received the top award for Planning from the American Planning Association and was recognized as one of the top 50 Innovations in Government from the Ash Institute at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
When not engaged in community planning, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two small children in Northeast Portland.