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In 2017, Sharon Smith became a General Counsel for the
Bend-La Pine School District. For 26 years, she enjoyed a robust practice with
Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis, with a focus on real estate, land use, and
development. The school district was one of Sharon’s clients, and she found she
was ready for a move at the same time it made sense for the District to bring
In some ways, Sharon’s current work takes her back to her
roots. She grew up in a family of educators in Eugene, Oregon. Her mother,
Hazel Smith, taught math at Lane Community College, and her father, Norman Smith
was a marketing professor in the University of Oregon College of Business.
Sharon’s deep background in land use and contracting policy
has been a great match for a rapidly growing school district. Since 1991,
Sharon has assisted the Bend La-Pine District in building 17 new schools, renovating
older schools and adjusting to Bend’s growing population, which has almost
quadrupled in the last 30 years. She deeply appreciates that she works with so
many smart and dedicated people who are doing everything they can to create the
best learning environment for our future leaders.
She has also volunteered for many public improvement
efforts. She has served on numerous boards addressing local development issues
as well as non-profit boards helping children and families. She also co-founded
the Safe School Alliance, which formed 20 years ago to improve school safety after
the deadly shooting at Thurston High School.
Sharon has extensive experience in working with
transportation system plans, transportation engineers, and planners. This skill set, along with her extensive work
with both private and public entities brings a valuable perspective to the
Oregon Transportation Commission.
Maurice Henderson II is currently a Senior Director of U.S. Government Partnerships at Bird Rides Inc. He has worked both domestically and internationally in the public and private sectors as well as on a number of political and advocacy campaigns across the country. Whether in his time as an educator, in his roles in the public sector, advocating for working people under the banner of organized labor, or on the campaign trail for individuals and causes he supported, nearly his entire professional career has been spent working towards providing equitable access to opportunities, most recently through his work in the Smart Cities arena.
In his prior public service, he worked in various capacities at the highest levels of the local and state government as well as in the transit industry. Those roles have included, working as the Chief Operating Officer for the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) in Portland, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s Chief of Staff, Deputy Director at the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), Chief Administrative Officer for the Technology office in Washington, DC, and as the Deputy Press Secretary for former Virginia Governor, now US Senator, Tim Kaine. He has served on a number of boards that are dedicated to equity, sustainability and environmental justice through expansion of electric and human powered mobility options and land use planning, NABSA, Greenroads Foundation, and Forth Mobility.
He is a member of the inaugural class for the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. He holds a Bachelor’s in Leadership Studies, a Master’s degree in Public Administration and lives with his wife and their black lab in Bend, Oregon.
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