Staff

Liza Mylott Morehead, PhD
Liza is a researcher and data analyst at the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies (IMS), at Portland State University. Liza helps nonprofits and local communities understand how to use indicators to track progress toward identified goals. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the IMS magazine, Metroscape. Liza received Masters Degrees in Regional Planning and Human Geography from SUNY Albany and a doctorate in Urban Studies from Portland State University. Her research explores the relationship between urban planning and public policy and the cultural meanings of urban space. In addition to her work at IMS, Liza’s volunteers with the City Club of Portland, where she currently serves on the Research Board. In her spare time, Liza enjoys hiking with her family.

Ryan Winterberg-Lipp, AICP
Ryan is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Real Estate Development at PSU, and is a graduate research assistant for the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies. Prior to attending PSU, Ryan was a Senior City Planner with the City of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department, focusing in Transit-Oriented Development and implementation planning, and worked in downtown redevelopment and urban planning in her home state of Florida. She received a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and studied urban planning in both Curitiba, Brazil and Berlin, Germany. In her spare time, Ryan enjoys photography, furniture restoration, and watching college basketball.

Victor Tran, B.Sc
Victor is a graduate research assistant at the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, and is pursuing a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning at Portland State University. With an eye towards urban design and data analysis, Victor has completed various small-scale placemaking projects, including a recent project facilitating a community re-design project in Cool, CA (yes, that’s really the name of the community). Victor works primarily with the Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, and SketchUp. During his time off, Victor strives to make the perfect falafel.