On Monday, Annie Von Burg, Environmental Policy Manager at the Bureau of Environmental Services, was awarded the first annual Betsy Ames Leadership Award by the City of Portland.
The award was created in honor of Betsy Ames, a dear friend, longtime City employee, and former Chief of Staff to Commissioner Fish.
Betsy was known for her ability to find pragmatic and creative solutions to difficult problems. She helped guide challenging debates to effective compromises, and provided mentoring and support to anyone who asked for help.
Annie Von Burg oversees the City of Portland’s efforts to clean up the Willamette River. She passionately and effectively works with a wide variety of public and private stakeholders involved with the $1 billion cleanup. She is a highly respected leader and a mentor to many coworkers.