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Jo Ann Hardesty

Portland City Council
City Commissioner
City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty is the first African-American woman to serve on the Portland City Council. She previously served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1995 until 2001. Hardesty served in the United States Navy, and was elected to the Oregon House in 1994, holding office until 2001. She later served as executive director of Oregon Action, and became president of the Portland chapter of the NAACP in January 2015. Hardesty once hosted "Voices from the Edge," a progressive talk radio program on KBOO, a community radio station in Portland. The call-in show addressed racial disparity, government accountability, environmental justice and politics on local, state and national levels. Commissioner Hardesty currently oversees Portland Fire & Rescue, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, Bureau of Emergency Communications, Fire & Police Disability and Retirement Fund. Committed to building a livable and sustainable city with all Portlanders and for all Portlanders, through transparency, accountability, and opportunity.