Maddy Poehlein


  • (In progress) dual Master of Urban and Regional Planning & Master of Public Health
    Portland State University
  • Bachelor of Arts
    Whitman College

Professional Memberships

  • Oregon Public Health Association

Interesting Facts:

  • Worked as a sea kayak guide in Alaska
  • Lived in Mallorca, Spain while working as a teaching assistant
  • Working in bike shops for years is what initially got her interested in urban planning
  • Grew up in…PORTLAND (?!)

Maddy Poehlein is an intern with Winterbrook Planning. She brings a dual focus on environmental studies and public health to her role. With her background in environmental studies, she possesses expertise in ecological systems, environmental challenges, and sustainable practices. Additionally, her grounding in environmental politics and public health equips her to navigate regulatory frameworks and policies influencing urban planning. Maddy’s specialties include planning through public health and equity lenses, GIS and spatial analysis, qualitative data analysis, and community engagement. Maddy’s background presents a well-rounded skill set that positions her to contribute to projects at the intersection of environmental considerations and land use planning systems in Oregon.

“I hope to work to inspire planners to prioritize health in planning work, and public health professionals to engage with how important the built environment is to health and well-being.”

Maddy completed her undergraduate education at Whitman College, majoring in Environmental Studies and Politics. She is currently enrolled in a dual Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program at Portland State University.

Her career milestones include an internship with Alaska Community Action on Toxics, where she developed an interest in environmental justice. Maddy’s work with the PSU Homelessness Research and Action Collaborative and the Multnomah County Health Department reflects her commitment to health equity and improving the built environment. As a graduate student, she has contributed to a project addressing encampments on state transportation rights-of-way and assisted in collecting qualitative data for an environmental health mapping tool to prioritize health and equity during brownfield redevelopment.  

When not in the office, Maddy enjoys biking, yoga, reading, movies, patronizing local SE Portland businesses, playing guitar and fiddle, going to concerts, and taking long walks around our beautiful city.

Representative Work:

PSU Homelessness Research and Action Collaborative (HRAC) — Maddy wrote a survey as a part of the HRAC and Transportation Research and Education Center’s (TREC) research to create a “Guide for Addressing Encampments on State Transportation Rights-of-Way.” Being at the intersection of homelessness and transportation safety, this project is extremely timely in both the fields of public health and transportation planning.

Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD)While interning with the Multnomah County Health Department’s Healthy Homes and Communities team, Maddy helped collect qualitative data to include in a forthcoming environmental health mapping tool of the Portland Metro area. The tool will be used to help Metro prioritize health and equity during brownfield redevelopment. The goal of the tool is to promote health equity through aiding Metro in prioritizing positive changes the built environment that best support populations that currently live in a place that lacks health supportive elements of the built environment.