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​Two new members join the Oregon Transportation Commission

Catherine Mater and Alando Simpson have joined the Oregon Transportation Commission after being nominated by Governor Kitzhaber and confirmed by the Oregon Senate.

Catherine Mater, who will serve as OTC chair, is a civil engineer, business owner and active contributor to statewide health, economic development and sustainability efforts. Principal of Mater Engineering in Corvallis, Mater is a past commissioner of the Oregon Economic Development Commission, a past member of the Oregon Health Council, and a current member of the Oregon Global Warming Commission. Mater earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering at Oregon State University. She joined the OTC at its meeting in Bend in June, filling the position left vacant when Pat Egan moved to Nevada.

Alando Simpson is the owner of City of Roses Disposal & Recycling in Portland and is actively involved in supporting Oregon small businesses. He served as a board member for the National Association of Minority Contractors of Oregon and the Oregon Sustainability Board. A certified LEED Green Associate, Simpson graduated from Portland State University. He will join the OTC at its July meeting in Salem, filling the position held by Mark Frohnmayer, whose term expired last year.

ODOT Director Matthew Garrett expressed his enthusiasm at filling out the OTC with two new highly capable members. “We are extremely fortunate to have Alando and Catherine joining the Oregon Transportation Commission,” said Garrett. “The unique perspectives they bring, along with their business expertise, interest in sustainability and experience in the transportation industry, will help us continue to meet our mission serving the people of this great state.”