Program Manager, Portland Clean Energy Fund
City of Portland
Sam Baraso manages the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund program, or PCEF as it’s known locally, which was approved by 65% of Portland voters in November 2018. PCEF invests over $100 million annually in community-led and community-driven projects focused on clean energy, transportation decarbonization, green job training, and green infrastructure. Sam brings a wealth of government experience and community leadership to the effort where he works closely with a broad range of stakeholders. Prior to his role at the City, Sam served as a senior policy advisor in Multnomah County’s Office of Sustainability. Sam also serves on the State’s Environmental Quality Commission and the board of Willamette Partnership. Sam holds a master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University and an undergraduate in finance from Washington University in St. Louis.