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As chief of staff and director of strategic initiatives for Mayor Ted Wheeler, Henderson was responsible for a number of economic growth and transit initiatives.

COURTESY PHOTO: TRIMET - Maurice Henderson II becomes TriMet's new chief operating officer in July. He was Mayor Ted Wheeler's chief of staff.Maurice Henderson II, chief of staff to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, was named Wednesday TriMet's new chief operating officer.

Henderson begins his new job for TriMet Monday, July 16, with a starting salary of $200,000 a year.

Henderson served as both chief of staff and director of strategic initiatives for Wheeler. Prior to joining Wheeler's office, Henderson was assistant director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, where he worked with TriMet to boost mass transit in the city.

Henderson also served in a variety of top roles in the administrations of three Washington, D.C., mayors and worked as a top press aide to former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.

"Maurice has been a strong partner with TriMet and advocate for transit through his roles in the Mayor's office and the Bureau of Transportation," said TriMet General Manager Doug Kelsey. "His innovative approaches, strategic thinking and demonstrated leadership will be vital at a time of expansive growth, change and technological advancement for TriMet."

"I am equally as excited and honored to be joining the tremendous team at TriMet under new GM Doug Kelsey's leadership," Henderson said. "This new role as chief operating officer will provide me with an opportunity to directly support TriMet's vision of a customer-focused, full mobility service for the region that aligns directly with my values and work throughout my career."

Wheeler said Wednesday, June 6, that he was "extremely happy" for Henderson. "Maurice is a trusted friend and has served my administration as an excellent chief of staff and director of strategic initiatives," Wheeler said. "My staff and I will miss him as he leaves but are even more excited for him as he enters this next endeavor as chief operating officer at TriMet."

As COO, Henderson will lead the agency's Transportation, Maintenance and Information Technology divisions.

Henderson holds a master's degree in public administration from Sojourner-Douglass College in Baltimore, and a bachelor's degree in leadership studies from the University of Richmond.

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