Josh Alpert, Mayor Charlie Hales' chief of staff, is resigning July 1 to join the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a network of the world’s megacities taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Portland is an active member of the organization.

Alpert will be replaced by Tera Pierce, who is currently Hales' deputy chief of staff. Diana Nuñez, currently community outreach director, will be promoted to deputy chief of staff, and will retain her outreach role.

“Josh is a great friend and colleague, and he will be missed,” said Hales. “In addition to the innovative initiatives he’s led in homelessness, the sharing economy and issues of equity, he’s helped lead the great climate work we’ve done here, and I’m glad he’s continuing that work at C40.”

According to the mayor's office, Alpert ran then-Commissioner Hales’ last reelection campaign as a city commissioner, worked on then-Commissioner Hales’ staff as a policy advisor, and later helped lead candidate Hales’ mayoral campaign team in 2012. He originally served as Policy Director and Director of Strategic Initiatives in the mayor's office.

“It has been the greatest honor and privilege of my career to serve Mayor Hales and this amazing city,” Alpert said. “I made this decision knowing that Tera and our team will carry forward Mayor Hales’ agenda seamlessly. Being surrounded by the most dedicated mayoral team and city employees in the world has made a very difficult job much easier, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have served.”

Alpert has a bachelor’s in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, and a juris doctor from Lewis & Clark College. He joined Mayor Hales’ staff after seven years at the Trust for Public Land.

At C40, Alpert will serve as Director of Special Projects, initially working on climate equity, partnerships, and climate finance initiatives.

Hales did not run for reelection and will leave office Jan. 1, 2017.

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