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A new female Board President, and a new General Manager of color, freshens up Brooklyn's TriMet

COURTESY OF TRIMET - Effective this month, TriMets new President is Dr. Linda Simmons, who was already a member of the organizations Board. Effective Thursday, July 1, for the first time in TriMet's 51-year history, a woman will be leading the Board of Directors. TriMet is headquartered in the Brooklyn neighborhood, on S.E. 17th Avenue, just north of McLoughlin Boulevard. TriMet – the roots of which extend back into Portland's original street trolley era – will now be led by Dr. Linda Simmons, former Secretary/Treasurer of the TriMet Board, who has been recognized as an innovative leader and a coalition builder. She is an experienced educator, with nearly forty years of administrative and executive experience.

Dr. Simmons will be joined in TriMet's Board leadership with Director Lori Irish Bauman, who remains in her current position as Board Vice President; and by Director Ozzie Gonzalez, who will take over as Board Secretary/Treasurer. These changes to the TriMet Board of Directors were announced by the Board during its May meeting.

The seven-member TriMet Board is appointed by the Governor, and is charged with setting policy for the agency. It also appoints the General Manager, implements legislation pertaining to transit operations, and reviews and approves some contracts. Meantime, on Wednesday, June 16, the TriMet Board took another step that was also the first of its kind in TriMet's history – the appointment of TriMet's first General Manager of color. Named to the post was Sam Desue, Jr., who had been serving as the interim General Manager and Chief Operating Officer. He was selected following a national search, and extensive community engagement efforts. TriMet Board members are volunteers, serving 2-to 4-year – or longer – terms, at the pleasure of the Governor. For more information on TriMet's Board, go online – www.trimet.org/about/board


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