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As the City’s sustainable community coordinator, Bell was responsible for implementing and managing Dubuque’s sustainability plan. Her appointment to the position filled the vacancy created when Cori Burbach left the position after eight years to become assistant city manager in 2017.
Since 2016 Bell served as the ESPERE program administrator for Adelante Mujeres in Forest Grove, Oregon. Adelante Mujeres means “women rise up” in Spanish. The nonprofit organization worked to educate and empower low-income Latina women and families in Oregon. The ESPERE program trained families to manage conflict with compassion and understanding, help individuals overcome past emotional trauma, and fostered healthy, violent-free relationships. Bell’s responsibilities as ESPERE program administrator included data collection strategies, data analysis and program improvement, and managing facilitators and program volunteers.
From 2011-2016, Bell was senior project/program manager for Prosper Portland (formerly the Portland Development Commission) where she facilitated community engagement efforts as liaison to three districts in the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative and Main Street Network. She also oversaw contracts with non-profit partners, coordinated the Economic Opportunity Initiative Microenterprise Program and Small Business Development Program, supported community and organizational capacity-building efforts, served as liaison to the Small Business Advisory Council and the Portland Business Alliance, and was involved in the creation and promotion of each district’s equity plan.
Before her time with Prosper Portland, Bell was the director of operations and farmers market manager for Adelante Mujeres from 2006-2011. In that role, she managed human resources for a 21-person staff, supported the executive director in all organizational matters, developed and implemented a comprehensive fund development plan, and directed all aspects of the Forest Grove Farmers Market.
Before moving to the Portland area, Bell served on Dubuque’s housing commission and worked as the manager on duty at the NATIONAL MISSISSIPPI RIVER MUSEUM AND AQUARIUM. She also served in the Peace Corps for over two years as an advocate for sustainable agriculture in Paraguay where her work included designing and supervising a road construction project, developing and facilitating leadership courses for young women, and providing technical support on a variety of other sustainability projects.
Bell held a bachelor’s degree in international studies and Spanish from Pacific University in Oregon and was fluent in Spanish. She was named one of “35 Innovators Under 35” by the 1000 Friends of Oregon in 2010 and received the Young Alumni Leadership Award from Pacific University in 2008. Bell served on the Prosper Portland Equity Council for three years, including one as president, and the Prosper Portland Green Team for three years, with one year as president of that body as well.
"Bell Named Dubuque’s Sustainable Community Coordinator" Public Information Officer Randy Gehl from City of Dubuque · August 21, 2018