ORE. (December 6, 2012) – Port of Portland Taps Krista Koehl as New General
of Portland Executive Director Bill Wyatt has named environmental and land use
attorney Krista Koehl as the Port’s new general counsel. She will replace Carla
Kelley who is retiring from the Port on January 3, 2013.
has been with the Port since 2004, first serving as assistant general counsel
and most recently as general manager of the Portland Harbor Environmental
is a proven leader with a well-rounded legal and managerial background and a
deep understanding of Port issues, said Port Executive Director Bill Wyatt.”
Her experience as a lawyer, client, program manager and supervisor has given
her the ability to see the big picture while having a steadfast attention to
detail that will make her a valuable addition to my management team.”
to joining the Port, Koehl served as an associate attorney at Stoel Rives where
she represented clients in administrative and civil litigation involving
environmental citizen suits, agency enforcement actions, insurance cost
recovery and water rights applications. She also led complex regulatory
projects in the areas of clean-up, Clean Water Act permits and hazardous waste
compliance. Since joining the Port, Koehl has broadened her experience to
include public contracting and land use.
has a B.S. in Environmental Policy from Ohio University and received her law
degree from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College.
is a founding board member and chair of the education committee of Women in
Environment which fosters networking, mentoring and education for women
professionals in the environmental field. She also serves on the governing
committee of Regional Arts and Culture Council’s Right Brain Initiative.
Kelley has served as general counsel of the Port of Portland since
February 2002 managing a team of seven attorneys, seven support staff and
several law student interns. After retiring from the Port, Kelley plans to join
the Portland law firm of Miller Nash.
has created a very strong in-house legal team able to serve the diverse needs
of the Port’s business lines and activities,” said Wyatt. “From the legal
aspects of the Lower Willamette Superfund site and the deepening of the
Columbia River navigation channel to bond financings, leases, litigation and
legislation, Carla has served the Port well and we wish her all the best in
this next, exciting chapter of her life.”