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Adams lands job as City Club exec

Former Mayor Sam Adams has landed a new job as executive director of the City Club of Portland.

The new job was announced Wednesday, a week after Adams left office. He begins the new job Jan. 22.

“I also look forward to helping City Club engage a broader, more diverse group of voices from across the community as its research, advocacy and programs evolve,” Adams says.

The City Club’s choice followed a three-month search by a committee of club members. The search attracted more than 80 applicants from across the nation. The club’s Board of Governors endorsed the recommendation on Jan. 14.

“Sam is an ideal fit for City Club as we approach our 100-year anniversary,” says Pat McCormick, City Club president.

Local civic organizations reacted positively to the news.

“This is great news for the City Club and Portland’s civic health,” says Midge Purcell, director of advocacy and public policy at Urban League of Portland.

“Sam can broaden the perspectives of the City Club to better reflect Portland and Oregon’s new diversity,” says Felisa Hagins, political director of Service Employees International Union Local 49.

Prior to serving as Portland mayor from 2009-12, Adams was a city commissioner for four years. He was chief of staff for Mayor Vera Katz from 1993 to 2003, and served as a policy assistant for U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio.

As Portland mayor, Adams held national and regional leadership positions and focused on education and quality-of-life issues in the Rose City.

The City Club of Portland is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic affairs organization.