Since 1981 Robert Liberty has been working to promote sustainable and equitable development and conservation at the national, state, metropolitan and local levels in the US and other countries.
As a staff attorney and later Executive Director at 1000 Friends of Oregon, he helped implement Oregon’s system of urban growth boundaries, increased housing and transportation choices and farm, and forest land preservation. His work included reviewing land use plans, appellate litigation, community organizing, performance evaluation research, public education and legislative lobbying.
He has served as a land use hearings officer for Multnomah County and as Senior Counsel to Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon. In 2004 he was elected to the Metro Council, the regional government in the Portland, Oregon area, representing the 240,000 residents of District 6, and was re-elected in 2008.
He became Director of the Urban Sustainability Accelerator (USA) at Portland State University in 2012 and Director of PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions in 2016. ISS is a cross-university institute that builds effective community-university collaborations and enhances students’ educational experience to support toward a more sustainable and equitable world.
Liberty has degrees from the University of Oregon, Oxford University and Harvard Law School and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design