Kathy Wai: 'Get ready for change' with TriMet
Kathy Wai, who became the youngest person ever to be elected to the North Clackamas School Board when she took office last year, was nominated by Gov. Kate Brown this month to serve on the TriMet Board.
Wai's appointment to the seat representing Clackamas County would become official after an Oregon Senate confirmation hearing May 22. If appointed, she plans to continue to serve on the North Clackamas School Board in addition to the TriMet Board.
Wai, 31, would replace retired Tigard City Manager Craig Prosser, who was first appointed to the TriMet Board in 2011. She was nominated along with two other people, who will replace TriMet Board seat members in Portland.
"This leadership change will bring significant and necessary changes to our public transportation system," Wai said. "Every person in my six-member household, including myself, has had to depend on transit to take us to school, work and medical appointments."
Wai said safe, reliable and accessible transportation is a human right.
"It's a social justice issue that begs the question: Who is currently being served, and who is not?" Wai said. "I'm looking forward to offering my voice and lifting others' stories and experiences in powerful ways. I've already been inspired and agitated by stories of my peers, youth, folks of color living outside of Portland who are speaking their truth and demanding justice. Get ready for change."