“We engage whole communities – residents, business and property owners, elected officials – creating a vision for the future. It’s our job to tell the story that will get people excited and engaged, take their ideas and turn them into the plans that guide what happens on the ground.”
Deputy Managing Principal at Cogan Owens Greene, Steve is one of those rare people who embodies both technical knowledge and unabashed people skills. A dynamic collaborator and project leader with infectious curiosity and 15+ years in the field, Steve combines expertise in public engagement, land use planning, facilitation and community visioning.
Steve’s passion for community began in high school where he was deeply impacted by a course exploring issues such as class, gender and social inequities. This led him to pursue a degree in Peace Studies at St. John’s University (MN), where he studied local and international development. Following college, he served as an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer focused on jobs and public housing, later becoming Executive Director of a nonprofit neighborhood organization. Realizing how integral community engagement is to land use planning, he went on to earn an Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University.
Steve joined COG in 2004 and has never looked back. His work reflects the fundamental integration through sensitive and savvy land use planning of two often disparate areas – the community and the place. When not out in the field or at the office, Steve is hiking, backpacking and enjoying Portland life with his wife, young daughter and community of friends.
See Steve Faust’s resume.