Governor Kate Brown Announces Natural Resources and Education Advisors

Governor Kate Brown Announces Natural Resources and Education Advisors

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced two new staffers in natural resources and education policy. Amira Streeter will join the Governor’s office on July 9 on the Natural Resources team. Pooja Bhatt will begin as an education policy advisor on July 24.

Streeter will assume responsibility for liaising with a number of natural resource state agencies. She brings deep experience in brownfields policy, project management and collaborative problem solving, and community engagement and empowerment.

Streeter most recently worked as a policy director for Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish focusing on issues including: Portland Harbor Superfund clean-up, housing, community development, and public arts and culture. She also has experience in the private and non-profit sectors, having served as a policy analyst and legislative liaison for Representative Lew Frederick, as an Environmental Prosecution Clerk in the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

She has a law degree from Lewis & Clark, Northwestern School of Law, where she also earned a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and dance from Skidmore College.

Bhatt will work closely with Chief Education Officer Lindsey Capps and education-related state agencies to improve high school graduation rates and the educational system across Oregon. In addition to her education background, she has experience in working in policy research, bringing multiple interests together to advance policy and programs that integrate accountability for outcomes, diverse voices from communities, subject matter expertise, and best practices.

She joins the Governor’s office from a role as a senior policy advisor for Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, where she focused her work on investments and improvements in City services to close gaps for underserved communities. Prior to that, she worked for the Multnomah County Early Learning Hub, the Chalkboard Project, and as a researcher for SEIU.

Bhatt earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, with a focus on education policy.