Asset Manager, Portland Bureau of Transportation
Ms. Emily Tritsch, Asset Manager for the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland, OR has been selected to travel through Sweden. With this study tour, Ms. Tritsch will focus on learning about socially- and environmentally-responsible infrastructure investments. APWA became particularly interested in Ms. Tritsch’s proposal because she wants to share her own experiences with our colleagues in Sweden through a “peer review” approach. In Ms. Tritsch’s own words, “I would love to share Portland's recent experience advancing a triple bottom line approach to optimize asset repair given community priorities, as well as our current efforts formalizing these into electronic calculators for more dynamic and responsive portfolio management.”
The study tour will start in Stockholm and will explore best practices in asset renewal optimization considering infrastructure data, as well as community priorities. Prioritization methods for asset reinvestment will be evaluated, including a triple bottom line approach looking at social, environmental, and economic targets as identified by the community and decision-makers. The tour also seeks to exchange ideas about community engagement, including how stakeholders are provided the opportunity to offer feedback on asset performance and desired service levels. As Ms. Tritsch’s states, “Together we will consider various approaches and develop a tool to evaluate, weight, and rank asset investments that can adjust with community and political priorities.”
In addition to strengthening existing partnerships and collaborations at a global level by connecting a US-West Coast innovator with a leading thinker and practitioner of asset management in Sweden, this program would support technology development in creation of a robust and responsive tool to aid local governments in portfolio management to optimize infrastructure outcomes. In Ms. Tritsch’s words, “We aspire to realize performance targets related to environmental and financial sustainability, as well as social outcomes, through this proposed asset renewal optimization technology. Finally, I propose the use of open source tools to make this solution accessible to all and support broad-ranging development and information sharing in favor of maximizing infrastructure outcomes despite resource constraints.”
Ms. Tritsch holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Geography from the University of California Santa Cruz, and an MPA from New York’s Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. She has 15 years of experience in Asset Management, Transportation, and Environment working with agencies including the World Bank, and the cities of New York, Austin, Hillsboro and Portland.