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New Member Profile: Sophie McGinley

Posted on March 4, 2019


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Sophie McGinley

Land Use Planner, Metro Planning, Springfield, OR

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So far, what’s your proudest accomplishment in 2019?

So far, my proudest accomplishment of 2019 is continuing to serve on the City of Springfield Planning Commission. I’m the youngest member and I am feeling more confident in my voice and my value every session.

Valentines Day is in February. What do you “love” about your job?

I’m a land use planner in the private sector and I love using my involvement in the public sector as a planning commissioner, nonprofit sector as a board member for a transportation advocacy group, and private sector for my job to develop a greater understanding in what decisions make cities great places to live.

(Complete the sentence) Before I die I want to…

My 20 year plan is to work with a city to develop their 20 year plan.

10 Year Challenge! What were you doing in 2009? How did it help you reach your current position?

In 2009 I was in middle school! Back then, I started to realize that I couldn’t access my community and its resources without a car. It led me to begin thinking about places that were accessible to me pre-driver’s license and, to this day, encourages me to advocate for more walkable, dense, and mixed-use communities.

(Complete the sentence) The first time I heard about ELGL was…

At a listening session at the University of Oregon. Kirsten was talking about how she wanted to see more women in local government and I was very inspired.

What question should we have asked? What’s the answer?

“What is one of your goals for 2019?” My goal is to be even more local: to choose to shop at more local small businesses, to use my library, to encourage other young people to be involved in local government, and to support local farms.


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