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Former Portland commissioner has worked in the private sector after serving on the City Council from 1996 to 2008.

COURTESY  STRATEGIES 360 - Former City Commissioner Erik Sten is joining Strategies 360.

Former City Commissioner Erik Sten is returning to politics by joining the Portland office of Strategies 360, a national lobbying and political consulting firm.

The firm announced Sten's hiring as part of a reorganization of its Portland office. It is led by Amy Ruiz, an assistant to former Mayor Sam Adams, and David Hunt, a former Speaker of the Oregon House, who leads the state government affairs team.

"Our senior team in Oregon brings an unparalleled breadth of skills and depth of experience to bear on helping S360's clients achieve their objectives," said Ron Dotzauer, founder and CEO of Strategies 360. "Oregon is a national leader on progressive ideas and policies, and this team can help our clients thrive in that environment."

Sten served on the City Council from 1996 to 2008. According to the announcement, he is currently managing director of Centri Capital, which it described as "a national impact investment firm that finances and manages a family of real estate investment funds." He is also founder and president of Further Development and Further Opportunity, two related private companies aimed at creating and executing entrepreneurial strategies to solve persistent housing problems.

Sten lives in Seattle and will not be moving to Portland.

Strategies 360 has 20 offices in Oregon, 11 other Western states, and Washington, D.C., It also owns and operates its own in-house creative design and marketing practice, The Hilt. Managers and employees are drawn from the worlds of government, politics, the news media, quantitative and qualitative research, advertising, marketing and design.

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