February 5, 2018
We are pleased to announce three new Transit Coordinators will be joining the Rail and Public Transit Division staff.
Effective February 5, 2018, Arla Miller has accepted a position as the Regional Transit Coordinator for the northern portion of ODOT Region 2, encompassing Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Yamhill, Polk and Marion Counties, as well as Salem Area Mass Transit District and the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. Arla has been acting as interim Transit Coordinator for all of Region 2 since May of 2017. She joined ODOT seven years ago, and been progressively building stakeholder relationships and transit grant management expertise ever since. She is currently pursuing Project Management certification. Arla will be located at Region 2 Headquarters, 455 Airport Road SE, Bldg B, Salem, Oregon 97301. Her current phone number (until she moves over to the Region 2 offices) is 503-986-3312.
Effective February 26, 2018, Mark Bernard will join our Division as Regional Transit Coordinator for Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties, Lane Transit District, and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon. Mark brings eleven years of public service in various local governments in Oregon, most recently as a Senior Planner with Polk County. He has a land use and transportation planning background, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from UC Davis, a Masters in Geography from Oregon State University, and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. Mark will be located at 555 13th Street NE, Salem, Oregon and can be reached at 503-986-3283.
On March 5, 2018, Jason Kelly will join us as Regional Transit Coordinator for ODOT Region 1, including Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Hood River Counties. Jason comes to us from the Northern Arizona Council of Governments. He is a public service professional with seventeen years’ experience, most recently as Planning Director for the COG, responsible for Regional Planning in four counties. He has been directly involved with rural transit operations, mobility management, coordinated planning, public involvement and technical assistance in the public transportation arena, and holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Jason will be located at 123 NW Flanders. His Portland phone number is 503-731-3092.
Please join us in congratulating and welcoming our new staff.
December 22, 2017
We are pleased to announce Naomi Zwerdling, ODOT Transportation Growth Management Lead Planner, will be joining our Division as Program and Policy Lead, effective January 16, 2018.
Naomi has over 18 years of Oregon land use and transportation planning, policy and leadership experience in local and state government, and has been with ODOT since 2007. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Mills College and a Master’s Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As a TGM Planner, she covered a broad set of responsibilities ranging from grant management to community outreach, including the development of Transportation System Plans and Transit Development Plans for cities, counties and transit districts throughout Oregon.
Please join us in welcoming Naomi to Rail and Public Transit. She will be located at 555 13th St NE, in Salem, and her phone number will be 503-986-3885.